University of Iowa campus resumes regular parking operations June 1, 2020

University of Iowa campus resumes regular parking operations June 1, 2020

May 28, 2020

Parking and Transportation has made several adjustments to allow increased safety, flexibility, and convenience in response to the pandemic. Beginning June 1, parking operations will return to normal operations to ensure the parking system can accommodate parking needs as more faculty and staff return to campus leading up to the fall semester. The decision to resume regular parking operations was made in collaboration with the UI Critical Incident Management Team and UI Hospitals & Clinics administration. 

Beginning June 1, all faculty and staff parking lots will require a valid permit Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. All temporary reassignments for west campus parking lots end May 31. Faculty or staff who need a parking permit should contact the Parking Office.

Operating safely

Parking and Transportation is committed to providing clean and safe parking facilities. In response to COVID-19, the department has increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting common spaces and high contact areas. Examples include elevator cabs, handrails, door handles, and in-lane pay stations. Cleaning practices may change in response to new circumstance or new guidance from the CDC and local public health officials.

CAMBUS operations and rider information

CAMBUS has implemented several changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to allow for more social distancing. These changes will remain in place for drivers, riders, and campus safety and other adjustments will be made as information or circumstances change. CAMBUS processes reflect guidance from the CDC, FTA, and local public health experts.

Riders are asked to board through the rear doors and should follow everyday CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Because maintaining distances greater than 6 feet may not always be possible, riders shall wear a cloth mask or face shield while riding the bus in compliance with the latest CDC guidance. Buses are disinfected and cleaned at least once a day and are deep cleaned once a week.

CAMBUS is operating Interim Service levels with some adjustments. The most up-to-date service information can be found on our website:

At this time, CAMBUS is focusing service on commuter parking lots during the morning and evening commute. Increased service to Parking Lot 65, Finkbine Commuter will continue and service will be increased for Parking Lot 85, Hawkeye Commuter. Increasing the frequency of departures allows riders to choose to wait for the next bus if a bus is too full for their comfort level.

Fixed route service during the late evening remains suspended. The demand-response service available from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight) will continue to be provided until further notice. Boarding data and ride requests will be monitored, so CAMBUS can ensure the service meet the needs of campus.

Operational evaluation

Parking and Transportation continues to closely monitor operations. This includes monitoring bus boarding data and parking facility occupancy. Department operations and services may quickly be adjusted. This is an unprecedented challenge our Hawkeye community is facing. Parking and Transportation is committed to working collaboratively to support the university and campus as the path forward continues to evolve.  

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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 coordination with University of Iowa Critical Incident Management team and public health officials. 

Up to date information regarding the university's preparation and response to COVID-19 is available at