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accessible, open to the public and no fare
CAMBUS is the University’s public transit system that provides bus service throughout the campus. Serving students, faculty, staff, visitors, and the community, CAMBUS is a comprehensive transit system providing over 3 million rides per year. The services are accessible, no fare and available to the general public.
For qualifying persons with a disability, CAMBUS also provides a complimentary demand-response service called the Bionic Bus. Providing over 8,000 annual rides to university students, staff, and faculty, Bionic Bus is an essential service to ensure campus access. Bionic Bus operates as a paratransit bus service meeting FTA and ADA regulations.
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
Routes, maps, and schedules
See a complete list of our routes and schedules and active service alerts.
CAMBUS offers two mobile apps to assist riders in using our services. Features include real-time bus locations and notifications.
Active service alerts
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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 excel at providing safe and reliable transportation services to the university community. Our multi-talented student team also works behind the scenes in ensuring the day-to-day operations. Where a dedication to service meets hard work and professional growth, our team rises to any occasion.
Bus Pass (U-PASS) Programs
Transit Studies and Reports
Metro Transit Providers
- University of Iowa NITE RIDE
- Iowa City Transit
- Coralville Transit
- North Liberty Transit Service
- 380Express (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City transit)
- Johnson County Seats
- Iowa City Area Transit services