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June 2021

Transportation Services: Schedule of services during Jazz Fest (July 2 to July 5, 2021)

IOWA CITY --

Friday, July 2, 2021:  Starting at 6AM, the bus interchange will move from Washington Street and Clinton Street to a temporary location on Court Street between Clinton and Dubuque (adjacent to the Court Street Transportation Center) until the service day is concluded on Saturday, July 3, 2021. Normal bus service utilizing the main transit interchange will resume on Monday, July 5, 2021. Iowa City Transit will be operating a normal weekday and Saturday schedules during Arts Fest.

The outbound bus stops located at Washington Street & Linn Street (stop 7200), Washington Street and Gilbert Street (stop 7201), Clinton Street & Jefferson Street (stop 7400), Jefferson Street & Linn Street (stop 7401), Washington Street and Madison Street (stop 7082) will be closed. The inbound bus stops located at Madison Street & Washington Street (stop 7081),UI Lindquist Center ( stop 7079), Market Street & Linn Street (stop 7206), Clinton Street & Jefferson Street (stop 7207), IC Recreation Center (stop 7243), and Burlington Street & Dubuque Street (stop 7244) will also be closed. Customers who use these stops should catch their buses at the alternate interchange on Court Street. These stops will reopen on Monday, July 5, 2021.

Saturday, July 3, 2021: Iowa City Transit will run a normal Saturday schedule from the alternate interchange on Court Street. The detours and stop closures begun on Friday, July 2, 2021 will still be in effect.

Sunday, July 4, 2021:  No bus service.

Monday, July 5, 2021: Iowa City Transit will run a Saturday schedule from the normal transit interchange.

Parking Department: The Parking Department will be operating a normal weekday and weekend schedule on Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3. Parking ramps will be open and staffed. All parking regulations will be in effect and enforced. The Parking Department will be closed on Sunday, July 4 and Monday, July 5. On these dates, on-street parking will not be enforced, and all parking ramps will be open and free of charge.


Police investigate Monday night shooting

IOWA CITY -- On Monday, June 28, 2021, at approximately 10:59 p.m., Iowa City Police responded to a 911 call of a woman who was shot in the 700 Block of Michael Street. It was initially reported that the woman was the victim of a drive-by shooting as she sat in a vehicle in the parking lot.

The woman was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

No arrests have been made, but police do not believe this is a random event.


How you can help:

This incident is being actively investigated by the Iowa City Police Department and we are asking the public for assistance. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5275. In addition, anyone in that area with security cameras is asked to review their recordings and contact the Iowa City Police Department with any potential footage or information about this incident.

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about this incident that leads to an arrest. Crime Stoppers tips can be submitted via the P3 Tips app, online at iccrimestoppers.org, or by phone at 319-358-TIPS (8477). All tips and calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information are not required to reveal their identity to collect a reward.

CASE #: 2021004262


Hughes Park Closed Through October

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa Hughes Park, 2100 Wilson Ave SW, will be closed through October for construction. The next stage of park development will include adding a primary trail, outdoor classroom, birding station, nature themed play areas, ballfield, and an open air pavilion. Additional improvements include prairie landscaping, educational markers, and electrical service. A life size metal sculpture of a Percheron horse pulling a cultivator, that was once used on the property when it functioned as a nursery, will be placed at the site. The park design will emphasize features around native trees, prairie and nature.


Changes to Coralville Transit Fares & Passes Begin July 6

Coralville TransitChanges go into effect on July 6, 2021, which will make bus fares and passes consistent between Coralville Transit and Iowa City Transit, and will better coordinate service between the area transit systems.

There are no rate increases to Coralville Transit, and the adult fare remains the same. The changes include a new reduced youth fare of $0.50 for riders age 5-18 years old, and three new types of passes for Coralville Transit: a 24 hour pass, a 10-ride pass, and a youth 31-day pass. 

Coralville Transit fares and passes effective July 6, 2021:

  • Adult Cash Fare:                          $1.00
  • Youth Cash Fare (Ages 5-18):     $0.50 (reduced fare)
  • Children under the age of 5:        No Fare
  • Senior (65+) Card Holders:          No Fare
  • Disabled Card Holders:                No Fare
  • ADA Paratransit Card Holders:    No Fare
  • Medicare Card Holders:               No Fare (change in fare)
  • 24 Hour Pass:                              $2.00 (new pass)
  • Single Ride Tickets:                     $1.00
  • 10 Ride Pass:                               $8.50 (new pass)
  • 20 Ride Pass:                               Discontinued
  • Adult 31-Day Pass:                      $32.00
  • Youth 31-day Pass (Ages 5-18):  $16.00 (new pass)

Also effective July 6, 2021, all passes and single-ride tickets can be used on Coralville Transit and Iowa City Transit. Transfers are allowed at all bus stops in Coralville with free transfers between Coralville Transit and Iowa City Transit. Seniors (age 65 and older), passengers with a disability, Medicare card holders, and SEATS card holders can ride for free, any time of day. Coralville Transit and Iowa City Transit will accept the discontinued 20-ride pass until all 20 one-way rides have been used.

About the Changes
Following a public hearing, the Coralville City Council approved the changes to fares and passes at the City Council meeting on May 25, 2021. These changes are a result of the Iowa City Area Transit Study that began in August 2019. The transit study reviewed bus routes, stops, schedules, fares, and transfer policies, and looked at ways to better coordinate area transit systems. Based on the study, Coralville Transit also implemented new routes and schedules in October of 2020. 

For more information about Coralville Transit, call 319.248.1790 or visit www.coralville.org/transit.


8th STREET NE LANE REDUCTION

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Effective Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 8th Street NE will be reduced to one lane between 1st Avenue East and A Avenue NE for sewer repairs. Work is expected to take five (5) days, weather permitting. Traffic to seek an alternate route, or expect delays.


Cedar Rapids Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop on Wednesday, July 7 at Scooter’s Coffee, 7037 C Avenue NE

Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues 

Coffee with a copCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – On Wednesday, July 7, Cedar Rapids Police Officers and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event will run from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. on July 7 at Scooter’s Coffee, 7037 C Avenue NE. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Cedar Rapids neighborhoods.

This will be the first Coffee with a Cop event since February 6, 2020.  Events have been cancelled for over a year due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The majority of contacts that law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.


Traffic Alert - Prairie Grass Lane

IOWA CITY -- Iowa CityWeather permitting, beginning on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, Prairie Grass Lane will be closed to thru traffic between Wild Prairie Drive and Goldenrod Drive to facilitate street pavement repair work.  Access to residences in the area will be maintained.  It is anticipated normal traffic will resume by Friday, July 23rd.

Motorists are to take note of this construction and to seek another route during this time period. As always, caution should be exercised when traveling through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit www.icgov.org/travelalerts


6TH STREET SE CLOSURE

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Effective Monday afternoon, June 28, 2021, 6th Street SE will be closed between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue for asphalt resurfacing. Work is expected to take three (3) days, weather permitting.  Local access will be permitted on Monday; a full closure will occur Tuesday and Wednesday.