Johnson County Transit Issue Settled

By Gregg Hennigan, Reporter


By Kayleigh Milas

IOWA CITY – The final pieces of the Johnson County SEATS puzzle are in place.

SEATS is the public transit service for the elderly and disabled Johnson County runs on a contract basis for area towns.

The county’s Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Thursday to approve contracts with Coralville and University Heights. Coralville also serves North Liberty. The contracts start July 1.

The county agreed to a contract with Iowa City last week.
Thursday’s action settles a month’s long dispute between the county, which felt it was paying too much for the service, and the cities, which disagreed.

Coralville, like Iowa City, plans to end Sunday service starting in September. Although the supervisors have been critical of those decisions, the county already does not make Sunday trips on its rural routes.

Coralville will receive $46,000 from the county next fiscal year, and that amount could increase up to 3 percent each of the following years of the five-year deal.

Under a one-year contract, University Heights will pay the county $8,444 next fiscal year.

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