accessible, open to the public and no fare
CAMBUS was conceived and started by university students in 1972 to increase campus accessibility, particularly between the east and west side of campus. It has been operated and supervised by students ever since.
Providing professional development and growth to its 160 student employees, as well as providing an essential service to the university community, CAMBUS is a vivid example of the superior abilities and dedication of Iowa students.
3 million +
rides per year
annual hours of service
News for CAMBUS
All CAMBUS vehicles and services are accessible to persons with disabilities. Buses are equipped with kneelers and wheelchair ramps. To have the bus kneeled or us the wheelchair ramp, please ask the driver. Service animals and respirators are welcome on all vehicles.
Great UI Student Job Opportunities
CAMBUS is, and always has been, student operated. Currently, 170 dedicated UI students operate the on-campus transit service. CAMBUS is designed by and for student employees.
A team of many talents
At CAMBUS, our dedicated team of student employees do more than operate buses to carry out essential transportation services. They also work behind the scenes in maintaining our fleet.
Graduate student and former Hawkeye gymnast Brandon Wong isn't afraid of getting his hands dirty while working for CAMBUS.
Driver Charlie Franks and student mechanic Nick Madden were recognized in 2021 for completing a combined 500 clean-up shifts during their careers at CAMBUS.