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DID YOU KNOW? The 35 Iowa public transit
systems operate over 1,700 transit vehicles,
most of which are fully accessible to persons
with disabilities. (2020)

IOWA'S TRANSIT SYSTEM

  • There are 35 public transit systems in Iowa, including 19 in urbanized areas and 16 serving regional areas of the state.
  • Iowa is one of few states with public transit service in every county.
  • Out of the 19 urban transit systems, four operate in urbanized areas with populations greater than 200,000, eight in urbanized areas between 50,000 and 200,000 in population, and seven are in small urban communities with populations between 20,000 and 49,999 (September 2020). A map is available on the DOT's Transit website.
  • The 16 regional transit systems each serve a multi-county region that includes three to ten counties. A map is available on the DOT's Transit website.
  • The 35 Iowa public transit systems operate over 1,700 transit vehicles, most of which are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. (September 2020)
  • In state fiscal year 2020, these systems provided 23.8 million rides statewide.
  • Large urban transit systems (urbanized areas with populations more than 50,000) provided 20 million rides; small urban transit systems 1.1 million rides; and regional transit systems 2.7 million rides, traveling over large geographic areas. (September 2020)
  • Fourteen Iowa transit systems provide bicycle racks on at least some of their buses. (September 2020)