nation’s top transit official in des moines for grant announcement

Good morning, riders.

Please join the bus blog in welcoming Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff to Des Moines for the official announcement today of the $10 million grant for DART’s new Transit Hub.

He’s the country’s top public transit official,  so please forgive your editor for fussing over his being here today. Among other things, Mr. Rogoff has been an advisor to policymakers on the operating and capital needs of Amtrak passenger rail and on financing dozens of new transit rail and bus-rapid-transit projects across the nation.

Today’s visit to Des Moines comes complete with a ceremonial Big Check. The Transit Hub is, at long last, fully funded.

Come out for the event, if you can get away. It’s at 3:30 p.m. at the site of the Transit Hub, south of Cherry Street between 6th and 7th in downtown Des Moines.