Starting Thursday, March 19, 2020, Transit has suspended fares for all buses and now asks riders to enter the bus through the back door in response to COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. 

The measures help promote social distancing, while also enabling the City to provide essential transportation services. We strongly encourage the public to limit travel on buses to essential trips only. 

Riders with mobility devices or mobility issues can still board through the front door by simply knocking on the front entrance. 

Over the last few weeks, the City of Iowa City Transportation Department has been taking steps to address COVID-19 and help keep City transit operations safe for the public. 

To ensure the safety of every rider, staff will continue to execute the following steps:

  • Enhanced nightly sanitizing of the buses, with disinfectants and targeted focus of driver's area and common surfaces throughout buses.
  • We've installed CDC posters regarding hygiene recommendations on every bus in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
  • Spray bottles of disinfectant, boxes of Nitrile gloves, and paper towels have been placed on every bus with directions for drivers on how to treat surfaces. 
  • Antibacterial soap and hand-washing guides have been placed in all Transit/Parking restrooms and wash areas. 
  • All offices and break areas are being disinfected several times a day. Employees have access to wipes and disinfectant sprays at all times. 

Disinfectant wipes for riders are not available due to their limited quantity. For more information about how the City is handling the COVID-19 outbreak, visit

Date of publication

Thursday, March 19, 2020