Contact Bionic Bus

Bionic Line: 319-335-7595

Transit Services for Persons with Disabilities

CAMBUS services are accessible to persons with a disability and all vehicles are equipped with kneelers and wheelchair ramps. 

For those who cannot use the fixed-route system due to their disability, CAMBUS also operates ADA paratransit service - Bionic Bus. The Bionic Bus is a door-to-door, demand-response service provided with ramp-equipped mini-buses. Just as with Cambus fixed-route service, there is no fare to ride the Bionic Bus.

Interested persons should contact the Bionic office for more information at (319) 335-7595 or by email at For fixed route information, please call (319) 335-8633 to speak with the CAMBUS dispatcher.

The general public should contact Johnson County SEATS for such transportation services at (319) 339-6128.

black and gold minibus parked with person in wheelchair boarding via ramp and driver assisting with ramp

8,000 +

ADA rides provided annually

Map showing the boundaries of the Bionic bus service

Bionic Bus picks up and drops off riders in the designated service boundaries.  The service boundaries are shown within the solid black lines, including the UI Research Park campus.

  • North Boundary: Interstate 80
  • East Boundary: First Avenue, Iowa City
  • South Boundary: Highway 1
  • West Boundary: Highway 218/Camp Cardinal Boulevard, Coralville

Bionic provides service to the Coral Ridge Mall area on weekends (area within the dotted black lines). Due ot the length of the trip, riders are limited to one round-trip ride to this area per weekend.

Addresses along the boundaries, such as Walmart and Hy-Vee are served by Bionic. Towncrest Medical Center just east of First Avenue, is also served by Bionic.

If you would like to request a ride to or from a location outside of these boundaries, please contact Johnson County SEATS at (319) 339-6128.

If you have questions about the boundaries please email or call (319) 335-8633.

The Bionic Bus operates the same days fixed-route services operate. The times vary depending on the university’s academic session. The Bionic schedule is set to reflect the hours of operation that fixed CAMBUS routes operate. See the online CAMBUS Service Calendar to determine what type of service is being operated on a particular day.

Academic Fall and Spring Monday – Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Summer Session Monday – Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m
Thanksgiving Break, Spring Break, and Winter Break Monday - Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: no CAMBUS service provided
CAMBUS and the Bionic Bus do not operate on most university holidays or may be altered. Service before or after a holiday may be altered. See the service calendar for details.

For rides outside of these service times, riders are encouraged to contact Johnson County SEATS (contact information is located at the bottom of the page).

CAMBUS Now mobile app

Beginning March 20, Bionic riders can use the CAMBUS Now mobile app to schedule rides with Bionic Bus.

CAMBUS has partnered with the software company Spare to implement its scheduling software and develop an app. Our rider app called CAMBUS Now includes these features: 

  • DIY: Riders can schedule and cancel their rides through the rider app 
  • Notifications:  Riders will receive notifications* about their ride, including: 
    • A confirmation of ride details when the ride is scheduled 
    • Notifications when the bus is on its way to your pick-up location  
    • A notification when the Bionic bus has arrived at your location 
  • Live Map:  Riders can see a live map of the Bionic bus when it is on its way to your pick-up location 

Rides can still be scheduled and canceled through the CAMBUS dispatchers by calling the Bionic Bus phone line at 319-335-7595.

Riders can download the CAMBUS Now app from their smartphone's app store.

CAMBUS Now for Apple Devices

CAMBUS Now for Android Devices

Rider's Guide

View information and policies regarding Bionic Bus schedule, including how to apply for certification and schedule rides.

View the rider guide

Request Certification

Fill out the form and turn in to the CAMBUS Bionic department to request certification of ADA paratransit eligibility.

Get the form

ADA Policy Statement

View the ADA policy statement and the process for submitting a complaint.

View the policy