Thursday, June 29, 2023

The City of Iowa City announced its Fare Free Iowa City pilot program will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 1. Fare Free Iowa City will provide fare free rides for Iowa City Transit for at least the next two years. During the fare free pilot program, the UPASS program for Iowa City Transit will be suspended and the UPASS program for Coralville Transit will continue with no changes. 

“We are excited about this pilot program and know it will benefit our students and employees by making it easier and even more affordable to ride Iowa City Transit,” says Michelle Ribble, commuter programs manager. 

Coralville Transit will continue to charge fares, and the university will continue to provide the UPASS program for students, faculty, and staff who ride Coralville Transit (CV). Students, faculty, and staff can purchase bus passes for the CV UPASS program from UI Parking and Transportation. 

About the UPASS Program 

The UPASS program is a subsidized bus pass program provided by UI Parking and Transportation and has been available to students since fall 1996 and employees since spring 2000. Since 2016, the U-PASS Program has reduced miles traveled by single occupant vehicles by an average 142,000 miles each month.