miles saved by UPASS
2 in 5
employees report using alternative modes
gallons of fuel saved
Employee Van Pool since 1978
miles saved walk + bike
estimated from 2018 employee survey
University of Iowa Parking and Transportation offers and supports several alternative modes of transportation for students, faculty, and staff.
The alternative modes provide sustainable options that help:
- Reduce carbon emissions
- Save money
- Reduce stress
- Enhance mobility
Over 430 faculty and staff reported walking as their preferred way to commute to work. Campus features many paths and pedestrian bridges.
In 2018 alone, it is estimated faculty and staff saved over 7,148 gallons of fuel. Parking and Transportation supports cycling by offering several repair stations and about 1,040 bicycle racks.
Employee Van Pool allows Iowa faculty and staff to share a ride in a vehicle owned by the university. The program reduces single-occupancy vehicle trips to and from campus and saves members money.
In its 41-year history, the Employee Van Pool Program has reduced fuel consumption by 9.2 million gallons of fuel.
The UI RideShare Network software helps employees and students find commuting partners who also work or study at Iowa. On average, there are 600+ users each month.
The University of Iowa’s on-campus public transportation option. CAMBUS services are no-fare and includes ADA door-to-door paratransit services, called “Bionic Bus”.
On average, 19,000 rides are provided each academic weekday – significantly reducing the need for single occupant trips and traffic congestion. The entire transit bus fleet as of January 2020 has clean-diesel technology that can reduce emissions.
Coralville Transit and Iowa City Transit
University students and employees are eligible for discounted passes on local public transit – Iowa City Transit and Coralville Transit.
The U-PASS Program for student and staff bus passes has reduced miles traveled by single occupant vehicles by an average of 1.7 million miles each year since 2016.
The Parking and Transportation Department has partnered with the Eastern Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) to provide discounted bus passes on 380 Express.
Approximately 63% of 380Express trips are university students and employees. Since 2019, university riders have saved 813,302 miles.