Transit Study

Transit Study for Partner Agency


The City of Coralville and University of Iowa CAMBUS participated in the Iowa City Area Transit Study (ICATS) conducted by the City of Iowa City.

About the Study


The study reviewed many aspects of our transit system, including:
  • Routes and stops
  • Ridership
  • Hours and frequency of service
  • Fares/passes
Reimagine Your Ride
The study also collected data about bus ridership, reviewed the existing transit system, and provided opportunities to hear from the public about their transit priorities. The consultant team analyzed and evaluated the information gathered, and proposed strategies to improve coordination between the local transit agencies.

Timeline


  • August 2019: Transit study began.
  • August 2019-spring 2020: Data gathering and public participation, including on bus surveys, public meetings, online surveys, and more.
  • July 28, 2020: Public hearing and proposed routes for Coralville Transit approved at City Council meeting.
  • October 2020: New routes and schedules for Coralville Transit are expected to begin.

New Routes

Effective in October 2020


Changes to routes and schedules for Coralville Transit were approved by the City Council following a public hearing, and will go into effect in October 2020 (date to be announced).

Map not displaying correctly? View the Google map of the proposed Coralville Transit routes or download a PDF map of all the proposed routes.

About the Proposed Routes

Iowa River Landing (IRL) Route
  • Replaces the 1st Avenue Route.
  • Would operate Monday through Friday, from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.
  • Would operate every 30 minutes during peak ridership times, and every 60 minutes during off-peak hours. 
  • IRL Route would leave the Coralville Transit Intermodal Facility, continue on Quarry Road to 7th Street, then west to 1st Avenue, and would continue to the downtown Iowa City interchange.  
Express Route (discontinued, but services will be included in other routes)
  • The Express Route would be discontinued. The western half of the route is a continuation of the 5th Street Route. The eastern part of the route is incorporated as a deviation to the Cambus Research Park route, operated by Cambus.  
  • Both the 5th Street Route and Cambus Research Park Route will operate every 30 minutes during peak ridership times, and every 60 minute during off-peak hours, Monday through Friday.
5th Street Route
  • This route is a combination of the 10th Street, Lantern Park, and Express routes.
  • Would operate Monday through Friday, from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.
  • Would operate every 30 minutes during peak ridership times, and every 60 minutes during off-peak hours. 
  • Inbound and outbound from Iowa City, the route would travel west on 5th street to the Mall following the current Lantern Park Route. 
  • The route no longer uses Highway 6 and 4th Avenue, but instead travels north on 1st Avenue to 5th Street. 
  • After leaving Coral Ridge Mall, the route travels west to the area currently served by the Express route eventually making its way back to the Mall where the route then travels the path of the Night/Saturday route (no longed deviates to 23rd Avenue and 9th Street). This provides connectivity with the 5th Street corridor with the area west of Coral Ridge Avenue.
10th Street Route
  • Would operate Monday through Friday, from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Would operate every 30 minutes during peak ridership times, and every 60 minutes during off-peak hours. 
  • Inbound and outbound to and from Iowa City, the 10th Street route travels the same path going either direction. This route no longer is a loop to 5th Street.
  • This route will travel west on 10th Street (as previous) to Coral Ridge Mall and east on 10th Street following the current Lantern Park route to Iowa City. The one change is that the bus will travel on 14th Ave between 7th Street and 8th Street.
Night and Saturday Route
  • There are no changes to the Night and Saturday Route with the exception of the route leaving the Coralville Transit Intermodal Facility, continuing on Quarry Road to 7th Street, and then west to 1st Avenue. The one change is that the bus will travel on 14th Avenue between 7th Street and 8th Street. 
  • These routes will operate every 60 minutes.
North Liberty Route
  • There are no changes to the North Liberty Route, with the exception of the route leaving the Coralville Transit Intermodal Facility, continuing on Quarry to 7th Street, and then returning to 1st Avenue.
  • The route operates one trip in the morning and one in the evening. The frequency has not changed from the existing route.
Cambus Research Park Route
  • See Express Route
  • Cambus Research Park Route will operate every 30 minutes during peak ridership times, and every 60 minute during off-peak hours, Monday through Friday.

How These New Routes & Schedules Were Determined


Based on Public Input

These proposed routes are based research, data, and public feedback as part of the Iowa City Area Transit Study, conducted August 2019-June 2020. Opportunities for public input throughout the study included on-bus surveys, six public meetings, two online surveys, e-newsletters, notices to Transit news subscribers, email, and social media. 

These opportunities for public input were communicated by the City of Coralville, City of Iowa City, and University of Iowa Cambus in a wide variety of ways, including their websites, e-newsletters, media releases sent to the public and local media, social media, videos, e-subscriptions, and signs on the buses in multiple languages. 

Public Hearing & City Council Approval
A public hearing on the proposed Coralville Transit route changes was held during the Coralville City Council meeting at 6:30 pm on July 28, 2020, at Coralville City Hall, with an opportunity to submit written comment for consideration (see "Public Input" below for details).


Public Input

Past Events

On-Board Survey (September 2019)
  • Ridership data was collected on each transit route. Transit riders took an on-bus survey to gather basic demographic data, information about their trip, and desired service changes.
Online Survey to Design Your Ideal Transit System (October-December 2019)
  • A brief online public survey to gather feedback about ways to improve local bus service, gather opinions about which aspects of the transit system are most important, design their own transit system, and see the benefits of ridership and travel time within a set of resources.
  • Feedback also accepted via email after survey closed.
Public Meetings: #1-3 (November 2019)
  • Three public meetings were held November 12-14, 2019, at the University of Iowa IMU, Iowa City Public Library, and Coralville City Hall.
Public Meetings: #4-6 (January 2020)
  • Three public meetings were held January 28-30, 2020, at the University of Iowa IMU, Iowa City Public Library, and Coralville City Hall (University of Iowa and Iowa City meetings included free open house shuttles).
  • Included a brief presentation, a chance to weigh in on possible scenarios for a transit system redesign including possible route changes, and an opportunity to speak to consultants and representatives from the transit agencies.
Online Survey (January-March 2020)
  • The public viewed two scenarios with possible changes to transit routes and schedules, and give feedback online with the Transit Study Scenario Survey; survey specified that the final recommendations will be made based on public feedback.
Public Hearing (July 28, 2020)
  • Starting in early July 2020, the proposed routes and schedules for Coralville Transit and a public hearing notice were posted online, and communicated through the City of Coralville website, e-newsletters, media release to the public and local media, social media, notices to Transit news subscribers, and signs on the buses in multiple languages.
  • The public was invited to submit Coralville Transit route questions to Vicky Robrock at vrobrock@coralville.org or 319.248.1790.
  • The public was invited to attend and comment at a public hearing at the Coralville City Council meeting on July 28, 2020, or submit written comments by 5:00 pm on July 20, 2020, to City Clerk Thor Johnson at tjohnson@coralville.org or 1512 7th Street, Coralville, Iowa 52241.
  • The Coralville City Council voted to approved the proposed routes and schedules for Coralville Transit.