Campus parking, Cambus, commuter programs, and Fleet Services have resumed regular operations for the spring semester.

All parking and transportation operations at the UI will continue to rely on guidance from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; the Iowa and Johnson County departments of public health; the Big Ten Conference; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As such, the information provided on this page may change.

Service updates

Check the Parking and Transportation service alerts page for more information and updates.


Operational changes

  • Common spaces and high-touch surfaces in parking facilities  will be disinfected following CDC guidelines. Equipment that customers interact with, including elevators and pay stations, will be disinfected by parking and transportation staff.
  • Payment at all parking meters can be made via the Passport Parking mobile app. Motorists who use hourly parking facilities will be directed to complete payment via the in-lane pay station. Parking ambassadors will be available to answer questions and assist customers using the hourly parking options.
  • The Motorist Assistance Program is still being provided, but the processes will be modified to allow for social distancing.

Employee permits

Employees returning to work on campus will park in their assigned permit locations. Effective August 1, 2021 license plates serve as virtual permits for students, faculty, and staff, except motorcycle permits.  See the license plate recognition (LPR) article for more information.

Employees working remotely have the option of cancelling their permits by contacting Permits issued to employees when they return to campus are subject to availability, as permits will continue to be assigned and issued for all lots.

When employees return to campus, they can add themselves to the waitlist(s) by visiting the parking system waitlist in Employee Self Service. The employee will be placed into the normal permit assignment process and assigned a spot based upon availability.


Mask Policy

Face masks are no longer required when riding or waiting for CAMBUS.

However, with COVID-19 still present in our community, face masks remain an effective tool for protecting yourself and others against the virus. While not required, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of masks while using indoor public transportation. 

  • Masks are available upon request to drivers and at some parking lot bus stops.

Rider information

  • Buses are disinfected each day with a solution approved by the EPA as effective against COVID-19. Each bus also receives UV light treatment on a regular basis that kills bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus.
  • Driver barriers have been installed to reduce exposure between drivers and riders. Employees are provided with protective equipment and cleaning supplies for their work areas.

Cambus Tracking App

Download the Transit app for Cambus live tracking and estimated departures.

Commuter programs

Commuter Programs will continue to operate. Several changes  have been implemented to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Participants in these programs should follow the recommendations of the CDC.

Employee Van Pool

Wearing a mask is encouraged, and van pool members should feel comfortable wearing one. Disposable masks and hand sanitizer will be made available in the university vans to support the choices of van pool members. Board of Regents guidance for the fall semester encourages all to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Van pool members are also encouraged to get vaccinated.

City transit

Iowa City and Coralville have adjusted transit operations based upon guidance from the CDC, FTA, and local public health officials. For the most up-to-date information, U-Pass customers are encouraged to visit Iowa City transit and Coralville transit websites.

380Express bus

The 380Express bus service has adjusted operations based upon guidance from the CDC, FTA, and local public health officials. For the most up-to-date information, riders are encouraged to visit the 380Express Twitter page. Riders can also download the Token Transit app for contactless payment.