Tuesday, August 20, 2019

CAMBUS, the University of Iowa transit system, will be implementing changes at the start of the 2019-2020 academic session to improve service. The changes for the Blue Route, Red Route, and SafeRide will improve service reliability or offer more frequency of service. Evaluating service is a continual process for CAMBUS as part of its dedication to providing safe and reliable service to the university community.

Red Route and Blue Route
Service reliability of Red Route and Blue Route has been increasingly difficult to achieve. Campus growth, increased traffic, and frequent construction each add a level of difficulty to maintaining 30-minute round trips during daytime service. To provide a more reliable service, Red Route and Blue Route will operate a 12-minute frequency during the daytime (36-minute round trips) beginning on Monday, August 26.

In recent years, the Red Route and Blue Route have operated a 10-minute frequency during the daytime (30-minute round trips). The schedule adjustments will help CAMBUS provide more reliable service and with less delays. There are no changes to frequency of service during Interim or Summer schedules.

“Given how much the campus has changed over the years, it was time to evaluate how we could modify schedules to better reflect current campus dynamics and to be more reliable.  A small change, going from 10-minute frequency to 12-minute frequency, will ultimately make our service more reliable,” said Mia Brunelli, CAMBUS operations supervisor.


SafeRide is the late night service operated by CAMBUS on most Fridays and Saturdays during the academic session. The service has historically run on the Red and Blue Route to provide campus-wide coverage.  Beginning with the fall 2019 session, SafeRide will run on the Interdorm Route. Changing to the Interdorm Route will provide more frequent service between residence halls, IMU, Main Library, and the Pentacrest.

“This change will provide service in intervals of 15-minutes rather than 30-minutes to the residence halls. The service will be more frequent and simpler for riders to use,” said Brian McClatchey, CAMBUS manager.

Ridership data analysis showed that declines in SafeRide service coincided with the introduction of ride-hailing to the Iowa City area and taxi services. The recent expansion of the NITE RIDE service, operated by UIowa Public Safety, has also created another transportation option for all university students and staff. Data over past years has shown low and continually declining ridership on the SafeRide service at stops in the area near Hancher Auditorium and the medical campus. After analysis of ridership data and considering the expansion of late-night transportation options, it was determined to focus and improve service in the highest demand areas.

Areas no longer along the SafeRide route are covered by NITE RIDE. Students needing rides from these locations will have a safe and convenient option for transportation. This change may also allow SafeRide and NiteRide to better work in concert to provide service during the late-night hours. SafeRide will run after Red and Blue Route service end; approximately 12:30 a.m. until just after 2:00 a.m. on select Fridays and Saturdays in the fall and spring academic sessions.

Stop name changes

CAMBUS will be changing the names of two stops effective Saturday, August 24.  Stop # 1051 Communications will now be stop #1051 Seamans Center.  This is a proactive step in anticipation of the razing of the Communications Building in spring 2020.  Stop # 2085 Law Building will now be named stop #2085 Grand & Byington.  The stop name change at Grand and Byington is in response to confusion over what stop riders travelling to and from the Law Building should use. Riders needing to travel to and from the Law Building are encouraged to use one of the following stops:

  • # 2071 Melrose Court
  • # 2083 LGBTQ & Cultural Resource Centers
  • # 2081 Slater Hall


About CAMBUS  
CAMBUS is the University of Iowa’s student operated, no fare public transit system that provides fixed-route service throughout campus and demand-response paratransit services for qualifying persons with disabilities. CAMBUS works in collaboration with other Parking and Transportation Department units to provide and support access and mobility for students, faculty, staff, patients, and visitors. For more information about our services visit https://transportation.uiowa.edu/cambus or call (319) 335-8633.