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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 of more than 199,999; eight in urbanized areas between 50,000 and 200,000 in population; and seven are in small urban communities with populations less than 50,000. (September 2013) A map is available at http://www.iowadot.gov/transit/interactive_map.html.

  • The 16 regional transit systems each serve a multi-county region that includes three to ten counties. A map is available at http://www.iowadot.gov/transit/interactive_map.html.

  • The 35 Iowa public transit systems operate over 1,600 transit vehicles, most of which are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. (September 2013)

  • In state fiscal year 2012, these systems provided 27.5 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. (September 2013)

  • Fourteen Iowa transit systems provide bicycle racks on at least some of their buses. (September 2013)