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Release: Dec. 13, 1999

UI and city offer staff and faculty bus pass

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa staff and faculty members will soon be able to purchase an annual transit pass good on all Iowa City buses, thanks to a collaboration between the City of Iowa City and the University's Department of Parking and Transportation. Only full-time, permanent employees are eligible for the annual pass, which costs $23 a month or $276 a year and is good for unlimited trips on all Iowa City buses. The cost reflects a discount of $2 per month.

Availability of the passes benefits both the UI and Iowa City, says David Ricketts, UI director of parking and transportation.

"We're very pleased that the City of Iowa City has agreed to offer our faculty and staff this discount," Ricketts says, "Not only is it a good service to our staff and faculty, but it should help take some of the pressure off UI parking lots and ramps, as well as parking in general downtown."

Joe Fowler, Iowa City director of parking and transit, agrees that the program has benefits for both the city and the university. "The principal benefit is to staff and faculty," he says, "but we're also hoping to see increased transit ridership and reduced demand for our parking facilities near downtown."

Residents of Coralville, are not eligible for the passes, which are good only on Iowa City buses and only for trips originating in Iowa City. Staff and faculty can pay for the passes with cash or through payroll deduction. Whenever possible, the payroll deduction will be done on a pre-tax basis, which would mean additional cost savings for faculty and staff, Ricketts noted.

The University and the city already offer an Iowa City bus pass for students.

The passes, in the form of a magnetic strip card valid for one year, will be for sale at the Iowa Memorial Union parking ramp beginning January 3. For more information about obtaining a pass, contact the University's Department of Parking and Transportation, 335-1475.