Public Transit


Public Transit

The Public Transit team is responsible for administering all of the state transit programs, plus all federal transit assistance for regional and small urban transit systems, intercity bus carriers, and most of the federal non-formula projects for transit systems serving Iowa’s urbanized areas. Public Transit is under the Modal Transportation Bureau at the Iowa DOT.

Iowa Department of Transportation
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, Iowa 50010
Phone: 515-233-7870
Fax: 515-233-7983

Kristin Haar - Public Transit Director

Phone: 515-233-7875

Kristin serves as the public transit director, directing and coordinating the work of the public transit team. Kristin is a member of the National RTAP Review Board and serves on the AASHTO MTAP Steering Committee. Kristin joined the Iowa DOT’s public transit team in February 2010 as the compliance and training officer. Prior to joining the Iowa DOT, Kristin was the executive director of the Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency and also worked as a transportation planner at the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Kristin holds a bachelor's degree in community and regional planning from Iowa State University and a master's degree in public administration from Drake University.

Travis Estep - Grants Manager

Phone: 515-239-1872

The grant manager position is responsible for post-award management of the department's grants from the Federal Transit Administration and monitoring and implementation of state grants. This position also serves as the office specialist on Federal Transit Administration's drug and alcohol testing program and the transit DBE program.

Laura Lutz-Zimmerman - Transit Programs Administrator (TPA)

Phone: 515-233-7935

The Transit Programs Administrator provides technical assistance and oversight of awarded projects, issues payments and ensure compliance during the contract period, and serves as a Procurement Specialist.

Matt Oetker - Transit Programs Administrator (TPA)

Phone: 515-239-1765

The Transit Programs Administrator provides technical assistance and oversight of awarded projects, issues payments and ensure compliance during the contract period, and oversees the Intercity Bus Assistance Program.

Emma Simmons - Transit Planner

Phone: 515-233-7877

The Transit Planner is responsible for implementing special projects, preparing discretionary bus grant proposals, reviewing and monitoring legislative issues, mobility management, managing the Iowa Rideshare program, vendor relations, and evaluating the most current technologies available for use in public transit.

Amy Colwell - Administrative Support

Phone: 515-233-7870

The Administrative support is responsible for the administration of the Iowa Public Transit Fellowship Program, state transit training assistance, contract issuance and tracking, and general office support.

Brent Paulsen - Transit Program Manager

Phone: 515-239-1132

The Transit Program Manager is responsible for the coordination of all transit programs, development of the State Transportation Improvement Program's transit element, administration of the federal grants application process, and administration of the Public Transit Equipment and Facilities Management System (PTMS).

Jamie Wingert - Compliance and Training Specialist

Phone: 515-239-1806

The Compliance and Training Specialist conducts compliance reviews of Iowa’s public transit agencies who receive federal funding through Iowa DOT, and provides facility construction project oversight to ensure all state and federal funding requirements are met. This position conducts Transit Manager training for Iowa’s public transit agencies and oversees administration of the fellowship training program. Jamie is the point person for public transit matters related to Title VI, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Equal Employment Opportunities.


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