CAMBUS service, process, and policy changes in response to COVID-19
Parking and Transportation’s operations are focused on supporting the critical operations of UI Hospitals & Clinics and the university. The department will continue to evaluate and modify processes and operations in accordance with recommendations from public health officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Up-to-date information regarding the university's response to COVID-19 is available at coronavirus.uiowa.edu.
A summary of rider information and policies is on our website: CAMBUS Coronavirus Information
Click on the links below to see details regarding CAMBUS operation changes in response to COVID-19 and current level of service.
March 3, 2021
Beginning March 3, Hawk Lot-Hospital route service will be increased all day, in response to temporary parking relocations for Lot 85 permit holders. Frequent service for commuter routes is a strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reducing bus occupancy.
Hawk Lot-Hospital route service will be increased all day beginning March 3. AM and PM peak service will depart every 5 minutes. Midday and late evening service will depart every 10 minutes. On-Demand shuttle provides transportation on weeknights from 8:45 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. View the Hawk Lot-Hospital route scheduled as of March 3.
Jan. 11, 2021
University of Iowa CAMBUS is announcing service details for the spring 2021 academic session, Jan. 24 through May 14. Pre-pandemic route structures, such as all-day Red and Blue Route, with some minor schedule changes resumed Nov. 23 and will continue through May 2021. Service on the Hospital-Finkbine Arena route remains increased in response to COVID-19. Service details for each route are detailed in the service alert and are reflected on the route schedule pages.
Dec. 16, 2020
University of Iowa CAMBUS is making service changes for the upcoming winter break, Dec. 19 through Jan. 23. Fixed-route services end at 9 p.m. and On-Demand Shuttle is provided from 9 p.m. to 13:30 a.m. CAMBUS service will not operate on the weekends during winter break. Adjustments have been made to Red Route, Blue Route, Interdorm, and Mayflower Shuttle for the winter break period.
Nov. 13, 2020
CAMBUS is providing additional Hospital-Finkbine/Arena route service until 8 p.m. beginning Monday, Nov. 23. The service expansion will allow for departures approximately every 7 minutes until 8 p.m. from the West Campus Transportation Center (WCTC) to Parking Lot 65, Finkbine and Parking Lot 75, Arena. The additional service will remain in place while Parking Lot 85 permit holders are relocated during the winter months.
Nov. 11, 2020
University of Iowa CAMBUS is making service changes for the upcoming Thanksgiving break, virtual instruction period, and winter break, Nov. 23 through Jan. 23. Data models using fall ridership information project that these changes will continue to allow for less than 50% occupancy on buses.
Sept. 16, 2020
Transparent barriers have been installed to shield drivers so riders can enter through the front doors. CAMBUS is resuming front door boarding on Monday, Sept. 21. Riders should always enter through the front doors. Rear doors should only be used when exiting.
Sept. 15, 2020
Enhanced bus cleaning and sanitation practices are a focus to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In addition to the disinfecting processes added in March, a UV light system has been implemented as part of the disinfecting process. Hand sanitizer dispensers also were recently installed near the rear doors. Transparent barriers are being installed to allow font door boarding to resume soon and to shield drivers.
Aug. 31, 2020
Beginning Sept. 1 CAMBUS is reallocating a portion of underutilized service on the West Dorm Shuttle and Mayflower Shuttle to help meet other service needs. One bus from each route is being reallocated during the daytime to help meet other service needs, and service on these routes ends at 4 p.m. Four bus stops are also reinstated - IMU, Clinton & College, Church & Dubuque.
July 23, 2020
University of Iowa CAMBUS is announcing service changes for the Fall 2020 semester. Service changes strategically reduce the number of riders on each bus and reduce riding time on a bus, both in response to COVID-19. Service changes are effective Monday, Aug. 17 through Friday, Nov. 20. The changes will be re-evaluated for the winter and spring service.
May 28, 2020
This page provides a summary of latest rider information. CAMBUS processes reflect guidance from the CDC, FTA, local public health experts, and the University of Iowa Critical Incident Management Team.
May 13, 2020
This page provides a summary of latest rider information and CAMBUS policies regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). CAMBUS processes reflect guidance from the CDC, FTA, local public health experts, and the University of Iowa Critical Incident Management Team.
March 31, 2020
Interim Service will continue with some adjustments following analysis of recent ridership data and in-light of campus changes. Changes include suspending East Campus Shuttle and Hawkeye-Interdorm Route and switching to a demand-response servive for service from 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. (midnight).
March 26, 2020
Weekday Interim service will be provided March 30 – April 3 with increased service for Parking Lot 65 and 75 during the peak of the AM and PM commute. This is the same level of service provided the week of March 23.
March 23, 2020
CAMBUS will reduce service during the AM and PM peak to Hawkeye Parking Lot beginning Tuesday, March 24 to allocate additional service to Parking Lot 65, Finkbine Commuter and Parking Lot 75, Arena. In response to COVID-19, CAMBUS evaluates daily boarding numbers at commuter parking lots by departure and will quickly implement changes as needed in the interste of social distancing.
March 20, 2020
CAMBUS will be suspending all weekend service until further notice following campus adjustments in response to COVID-19. Interim Service will be provided March 23 – 27, 2020. CAMBUS will continue to evaluate the needs of campus with the UI Critical Incident Management Team and make adjustments accordingly.
March 20, 2020
In the interest of social distancing, CAMBUS has implemented additional departures from Parking Lot 65 (Finkbine Commuter), and Parking Lot 75 (Arena). These additional departures were implemented for service beginning Monday, March 23.
March 19, 2020
In the interest of social distancing, CAMBUS has implemented additional departures from Parking Lot 85 (Hawkeye Commuter), Parking Lot 65 (Finkbine Commuter), and Parking Lot 75 (Arena). These additional departures were implemented for service beginning Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20. Additional departures will be announced for the week of March 23 before Friday, March 20.
March 16, 2020
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, riders should board and exit the bus using the rear doors. Riders with mobility concerns may continue to use the front door to board and exit. Riders who need assistance - bus lowered, ramp put out – are directed to knock on the front door for assistance. Complete information available in alert linked.
March 11, 2020
CAMBUS will operate Interim Weekday service March 14 - April 4. Complete information available in alert linked.
March 9, 2020
Buses are cleaned nightly with an EPA approved cleaner effective against COVID-19. If riding the bus, make efforts to practice social distancing as much as possible.