RTA to continue trial of Peosta bus service

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) -- A trial bus service in Dubuque County is seeing success on the road.

A RTA bus waits to leave the JFK transfer on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 to begin its afternoon Peosta route. (Allison Wong, KCRG-TV9)

The Regional Transit Authority, or RTA, started a pilot service for taking passengers between Dubuque and Peosta.

Businesses in Peosta have suggested a bus service would help fill their open positions, citing transportation as a barrier to people accepting jobs in the rural community.

The RTA's trial was scheduled to end in November, but it's been extended through January 31st.

RTA Mobility and Outreach Coordinator Tricia Wagner said about 10 to 15 people use the service each day and they've sold 40 monthly passes.

"We have people stopping in to buy them for their students going to NICC," she said. "We have individuals buying them from the drivers on the bus as well."

Wagner said if ridership is still strong through January, they will expand it through June.

To make it a permanent route, Wagner said the service would have to be financially self-sustainable.