Transit Study

Transit Study for Partner Agency


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

About the Study


The study will review many aspects of our transit system, including:
  • Routes
  • Stops
  • Ridership
  • Hours of service
  • Frequency of service
  • Fares/passes
Reimagine Your Ride
The study will also collect data about bus ridership, review the existing transit system, and provide opportunities to hear from the public about their transit priorities. The consultant team will analyze and evaluate the information gathered, and will propose strategies to improve coordination between the local transit agencies.

Timeline


The study began in September 2019 and is expected to be complete in the summer of 2020.

Proposed Routes

Effective Fall 2020 (if approved)


The following routes have been proposed for Coralville Transit.

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-July 2020. Opportunities for public input throughout the study included on-bus surveys, six public meetings, two online surveys, email, and social media. 

Public Hearing
A public hearing on the proposed transit route changes will be held during the City Council meeting at 6:30 pm on July 28, 2020, at Coralville City Hall. 
  • For route questions, contact Vicky Robrock at vrobrock@coralville.org or 319.248.1790.
  • Submit written comments for the public hearing by 5:00 pm on July 28, 2020, to City Clerk Thor Johnson at tjohnson@coralville.org or 1512 7th Street, Coralville, Iowa 52241.

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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)
  • 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


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 (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: #2 (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.