IA: Jule Named Most Improved Urban Transit System

The Jule has been named the most improved urban transit system by the Iowa Department of Transportation.

The honor is based on the highest increase in ridership combined with decreases in cost per ride. The award was announced Thursday at the Iowa Transit Training Conference and Bus Roadeo in Okoboji.

The Jule provided more than 371,000 rides in 2010, an increase of 10.7 percent, while decreasing the cost per ride by 14.5 percent. General Manager Barbara Morck said the 2010 accomplishments are due to the rise in environmental awareness, increased costs involved in operating personal vehicles and improved internal record keeping. This is the first time the city of Dubuque has received this award.

The award for the best regional system was given to Iowa Northland Regional Transit Commission, which is based in Waterloo.

Trucker wins 'best in show'

at SuperRigs competition

A Peosta, Iowa, trucker recently won "best in show" honors and $10,000 at the 2011 Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition, known as "the premier truck beauty contest." The honors also include an automatic place in the 2012 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar.

Jeremy Heiderscheit won with his blue-and-white 2003 Peterbilt 379, which also won the "best chrome" category.

The competition, held in Kenly, N.C., drew truckers from around the U.S. and Canada.

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