Cambus, The University of Iowa’s public transit system, set a new ridership record in fiscal year 2011, recording 4.065 million passenger boardings. This was 100,000 more than in FY10 and surpassed the previous high of 4 million, set in FY09.
Daily rides often surpassed 20,000 during the academic year; the highest single day total (25,859) was recorded on Jan. 19. Much of the increase can be attributed to additional routes serving facilities relocated in response to the 2008 flood and to increases in enrollment.
Cambus is primarily operated by nearly 160 student drivers, support staff, and supervisors. Full-time staff includes the manager, maintenance supervisor and automotive service technicians.
The Iowa City metropolitan area continues to be the highest transit ridership community in the state, with nearly 7 million annual rides. This includes Cambus, Iowa City Transit, and Coralville Transit. The City of Ames is next with 5.5 million, followed by Des Moines with 4.5 million.