Transit Study 2019-2020

Transit Study 2019-2020

Iowa City Transit has embarked on a comprehensive operational analysis of their transit system and invited University of Iowa CAMBUS and Coralville Transit to join the study. The three transit systems have selected consulting group Nelson/Nygaard to conduct the study. The study objective is to provide recommendations to improve services and assist with strategic planning to meet operational goals. 

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The primary goals identified for the study

  • Route analysis
  • Late-night/weekend service
  • Hours of operation
  • Service areas
  • Frequency of service
  • Bus stop amenities
  • Downtown traffic congestion
  • Facility needs
  • Other goals include the viability of using electric-powered buses, stop locations and amenities, and route schedules.

Recommendations will be provided by the consulting group after collecting ridership and system data, analyzing rider surveys, and collecting feedback through public engagement opportunities.  

The study will also consider coordination among local transit agencies in the area.  The study will culminate in service recommendations and associated costs to help guide decision-making for CAMBUS, Iowa City Transit, and Coralville Transit.

There will be several opportunities for the community to provide input throughout the process.  We encourage you to bookmark this page and check back for updates.  We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@uiowacambus) for updates on the study and opportunities to provide feedback.

Timeline September 2019 - June 2020 (projected)

This study is comprehensive of the services, policies, and amenities provided by CAMBUS, Iowa City Transit, and Coralville Transit.  The study is expected to take about one year to complete.


  • August 28, 2019 Kickoff meeting with consultant team (Nelson/Nygaard)
  • September 2019 study begins
  • September 9 - 15, 2019 on-board surveys were collected from approximately 1,400 riders in the Iowa City and Coralville area to better understand demographic data, information about their transit trip, and desired service enhancements.  Additionally, transit agencies provided several years of data to the consultants regarding ridership, hours of service, and bus stops.
  • October 2019 - November 2019 Consultant team continued to collect information about the Iowa City and Coralville areas to conduct a market assessment, develop route profiles, analyze data from the University of Iowa, and create a report on existing conditions for transit in the area.  Additionally, a "Design Your Own System" online survey tool was made available to the community to provide more feedback about transit priorities and desired service enhancements.
  • November 2019 Public meetings were held at the Iowa City Public Library, University of Iowa Memorial Union, and Coralville City Hall to provide the public with more information about the study and gather feedback
  • November 2019 - December 2019 Consultant group is working on developing service recommendations for the three transit systems.  Additionally, they are collecting information for Iowa City and Coralville to evaluate the feasibility and costs associated with different fare structures or operating fare-free.


  • January 2020 Consultants provided 3 service scenarios.  These scenarios are proposals to change route alignments and schedules.  The purpose of the scenarios is gather public feedback on the changes.  The consultants will then propose one "preferred alternative" scenario based on the feedback at open houses and through an online survey.
  • Week of January 27 Public meetings held January 28-30 at Iowa City Public Library, Iowa Memorial Union, and Coralville City Council Chambers.  A survey on the proposed service changes is available by clicking here.
  • Spring 2020 Consultants will continue to gather data and feedback and enhance the service change recommendations to a develop a "preferred alternative".


For questions about the transit study, please email