Sabula to Savanna temporary transit service to end July 8


The complimentary transit service offered between Sabula, Iowa, and Savanna, Ill. will be ending Sunday, July 8 due to low ridership. The service was originally established on June 11 as a partnership between the Iowa Department of Transportation and Region 8 Regional Transit Authority as a way to provide an additional mobility option to help those wishing to navigate around the closed Sabula Bridge at U.S. 52 across the overflow waters of the Mississippi River. 

With four stops between the two towns, the service was being offered on a trial basis to determine if there was interest and ridership within those communities. “Since beginning operation, very few people have used the service,” Bob Younie, Iowa DOT state maintenance engineer noted. ”We wanted to provide another alternative to the public while the bridge is under construction, but after more than three weeks, it became apparent that the service wasn’t needed.”

Younie encouraged those interested in alternative mobility options to use Iowa Rideshare, a free online system that helps match those who wish to share rides with others.       

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Dave has been News Director since 1983 and has been Station General Manager since 1999. Dave has also served on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Broadcast News Association and the Iowa Broadcast Association and has served on the Iowa Freedom of Information Council.
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