Iowa City Transit

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Iowa City Transit is the bus system serving Iowa City, Iowa. It is one of three transit systems in the Iowa City area, the other two being Coralville Transit and the University of Iowa Cambus.

Routes

Iowa City Transit operates 13 routes, all of which originate and terminate at the Iowa City Downtown Interchange except for route 3 (Eastside Loop). Prior to August 2, 2021, Iowa City Transit operated 26 unnumbered routes, and several of the current routes are identical to those in the previous system.[1] All routes operate from Monday to Saturday, with reduced service on evenings and Saturdays. This is in contrast to the previous system, where only a select number of routes operated a modified route for evenings and Saturdays. Bus service does not run on Sundays, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The current routes are:

Name Notes
1 South Iowa City
2 Court Street
3 Eastside Loop
  • Operates one AM trip 3A and one PM trip 3P concurrent with Iowa City Community School District start and end times. The AM and PM routes follow roughly the same route in opposite directions.
  • The only ICT route to not start and terminate at the Downtown Interchange.
4 Downtown Shuttle
5 Lower Muscatine/Kirkwood
6 Peninsula
7 North Dodge ACT loop served during peak hours only.
8 Oakcrest
9 Towncrest
10 West Iowa City
  • Irving Avenue/Shannon Drive loop served during off-peak hours only.
  • Proterra buses are not used on this route due to a low-clearance railroad bridge.
11 Rochester
12 Highway 1
13 South Gilbert

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Fares and Passes

Iowa City Transit has been fare-free since August 1, 2023 as part of a two-year pilot program.[3] The fare structure prior to the fare-free pilot is as follows:

Fares

As of July 6, 2021

Rider Fare
Adults (18 years and up) $1.00
Youth (K - 12th grade) $0.50
Children under five years old Free
4 - Downtown Shuttle route Free
Seniors (65+ years)
Senior pass holders
Free
Medicare card Free
SEATS card holder Free

Free transfers are available at all Iowa City bus stops.

Passes

Iowa City Transit also offers a number of bus passes, which are listed below.

Type Cost Notes
24 Hour Pass $2.00
  • Purchased on Iowa City Transit buses.
  • Can be used for an unlimited number of rides during a 24-hour period.
10-Ride Pass $8.50 Purchased at Iowa City City Hall Cashier; Iowa City Parking, 335 Iowa Avenue; 1st Avenue Hy-Vee;
Waterfront Hy-Vee; Hy-Vee Drug Store (Rochester/First Avenue) and North Dodge Hy-Vee.
31-Day adult pass $32.00
  • Purchased at Iowa City City Hall; Iowa City Parking, 335 Iowa Avenue; First Avenue Hy-Vee;
    Waterfront Hy-Vee; Hy-Vee Drug Store (Rochester/First Avenue) and North Dodge Hy-Vee.
  • Valid for 31 days of unlimited rides from first use; can be purchased anytime during the month and used for a full month.
31-Day youth pass $16.00
  • Purchased at Iowa City City Hall; Iowa City Parking, 335 Iowa Avenue; 1st Avenue Hy-Vee.
  • Valid for 31 days of unlimited rides from first use; can be purchased anytime during the month and used for a full month.
University of Iowa student U-Pass (12 months) $240 (prorated)
$120 without University parking permit
  • Purchased at UI Parking Office or UI Parking and Transportation website.
  • Unlimited rides; sold throughout the year.
Kirkwood semester pass $100 (prorated)
  • Purchased at Kirkwood Community College Bookstore - must show class schedule or ID.
  • Unlimited rides; sold during Fall (Aug 1 - Dec 31) and Spring (Jan 1 - May 31) terms.
University of Iowa faculty/staff annual pass $28 per month
$15 per month without University parking permit
  • Purchased at UI Parking Office.
  • Available to UI Faculty & Staff starting every Jan 1; good for one year of unlimited rides.
  • Paid with a pre-tax payroll deduction.
Field trip pass Variable Used by Iowa City Community Schools and area daycare providers to allow for a large group to ride ICT and be billed at a later date.

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Facilities

Garage/Office

  • Address: 1200 S. Riverside Dr., Iowa City, IA 52246
  • Phone: (319) 356-5151

Fleet Roster

Active

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
56-61 Iowa City Transit 59-b.jpg 2007 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G21D102N4)
Cummins ISM Voith
67-72 Iowa City Transit 72-b.jpg 2010 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Voith
73-74 Iowa City Transit 73-a.jpg 2012 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Voith
76-79 Iowa City Transit 79-b.jpg 2017 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9 Voith
80-86 Iowa City Transit 84-a.jpg 2018 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9 Voith
101-104 Iowa City Transit 103-b.jpg 2021 Proterra ZX5

On Order

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
(4 buses) 2020s TBD TBD Electric Iowa City Transit will receive $23 million in federal funding to purchase four additional electric buses and to build a new facility.[5]

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1-12 1971 GMC T6H-4521A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
13-14 1974 GMC T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison
15-17 1977 Flxible 45096-6-1 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 Sold to Cambus as 15-17 in 1987.
18 1967 GMC TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Ex-Blue Motor Coach 63.
19 1963 GMC TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-Louisiana Transit Company 312.
20-22 1982 Neoplan USA AN435A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Featured a special ICT livery until the arrival of 1989 Orion V.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
23-29 Iowa City Transit 25-a.jpg 1984 Saab-Scania CN112CLU Scania DS11-25 253 hp ZF 4HP500
  • Retired in 2001-2003.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
30-32 Iowa City Transit 32-a.jpg 1984 Saab-Scania CN112CLU Scania DS11-25 253 hp ZF 4HP500
  • Ex-Saab-Scania prototypes; bought in 1987.
  • Retired in 2001-2003.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
31 (2nd) Iowa City Transit 31-a.jpg 9/1989 Gillig Phantom 30'
(3096TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
  • Ex-County Connection 1009; purchased from Transit Sales International.
  • Retired circa 2011.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
32 (2nd) Iowa City Transit 32 (2nd)-a.jpg 1989 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Cummins L10 Voith D863.2
33-38 Iowa City Transit 36-a.jpg 1989 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Cummins L10 Voith D863.2
  • All units were sold to CyRide as 8913-8918.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
37 (2nd) Iowa City Transit 37-a.jpg 2000 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G21D102N4)
Cummins ISM Allison B400R
  • Ex-Palm Tran 0008; purchased from Transit Sales International.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
38 (2nd) Iowa City Transit 38-b.jpg 1992 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TB6V92TA)
Cummins M11 Voith D863.2
39-40 1992 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TBL10)
Cummins L10 Voith D863.2
  • Retired & auctioned off in 2011.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
41-43 Iowa City Transit 43-a.jpg 1995 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TBM11)
Cummins M11 Voith D863.3
  • 42 retired and was auctioned off in 2011.
  • 41 & 43 retired circa 2015.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
44-53 Iowa City Transit 46-a.jpg
Iowa City Transit 53-a.jpg
9/1997
4/1997
Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TBM11)
Cummins M11 Voith D863.3
  • Retired in 2018.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
54-55 1992 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40/96TB/6V92T)
Cummins M11 Voith D863.2
971 1952 GMC TDH-5103 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Ex-Ottumwa Transit Lines 971.

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