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. (May 2016) A map is available at

  • The 16 regional transit systems each serve a multi-county region that includes three to ten counties. A map is available at

  • The 35 Iowa public transit systems operate over 1,600 transit vehicles, most of which are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. (May 2016)

  • In state fiscal year 2015, these systems provided 28.8 million rides statewide.

  • Large urban transit systems (urbanized areas with populations more than 50,000) provided 22.7 million rides; small urban transit systems 1.5 million rides; and regional transit systems 3.3 million rides, traveling over large geographic areas. (May 2016)

  • Fourteen Iowa transit systems provide bicycle racks on at least some of their buses. (May 2016)