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July 2023

Iowa City Public Library Celebrates Fare Free Iowa City Starting August 1

Ride read repeatThe Iowa City Public Library is pleased to suspend its Summer Bus and Ride and Read programs which provide free bus passes using your Iowa City Public Library card in honor of Fare Free Iowa City. 

Fare Free Iowa City is an innovative two-year pilot program, making all rides on Iowa City buses absolutely free for everyone. For existing Iowa City Transit riders, this means hassle-free boarding without the need for transit passes or pocket change. Passengers with 31-day, 10-ride, single-ride, or 24-hour passes are encouraged to utilize their remaining rides before August 1.

"This initiative is a significant step towards fostering a more inclusive and connected community," said Elsworth Carman, Director of the Iowa City Public Library. "With Fare Free Iowa City, access to the Library and its abundant resources becomes even more convenient for all residents and visitors. We are excited to see more Library patrons engaging with the world of ideas and knowledge through this accessible transit program."

The primary objective of the Fare Free Iowa City program is to evaluate the impact of free transit on the entire city, with the aim of improving access to safe, affordable, reliable, and sustainable transportation for everyone. This endeavor aligns perfectly with the city's ambitious Climate Action goals, which aim to reduce carbon emissions by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Through this collaboration, Iowa City Transit hopes to double ridership and shift 55% of vehicle trips to more sustainable modes of transportation, including transit.

"We encourage everyone to ride, read, and repeat, " said Sam Helmick, Community and Access Services Coordinator. With this new opportunity, City Transit makes your imagination destination possible with free rides to the Iowa City Public Library whenever you like!"

As the "Ride and Read" program sets in motion, Iowa City residents can look forward to a brighter, more sustainable future with enhanced access to the Library and improved transportation options for all.

The Iowa City Public Library is a vibrant hub of community life. It connects people of all ages with information, immerses them in the world of ideas, and fosters connections among community members. The library enriches the community by supporting learning, promoting literacy, and encouraging creativity.

News – City of North Liberty, July 31, 2023

North Liberty is a growing, thriving and young community. Proud to be a family-friendly small town in the heart of Iowa.

55+ Connections: Week of 7/31/23

This is the 55+ Connections weekly update. If you would like to sign up to get more updates from the city go to    Fresh Conversations   Thursday, August 3  11 AM  The Senior Center in Iowa City – Room 305  Fresh Conversations is a free nutrition and physical education program for ages 60+! The…

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Grow Green and Give Back

In the 85 years of operating here in Iowa – more recently expanding into several neighboring states – GreenState Credit Union’s asset size has grown from a mere $450 to around $11 billion. GreenState Foundation president, Tara Wachendorf, says the mission is to reinvest back into the community through charitable giving with a focus on…

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Video Update: Fare Free Transit, National Night Out, and Fall Rec Guide

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs, and events. Topics this week include the start of Fare Free Transit, a community event to build neighborhood connections, and fall recreation activities for both kids and adults. Select the image below to watch Iowa City Update.

Iowa City Update: Fare Free Transit

Fare Free Iowa City

Reliable, convenient, and now free! Learn about a two-year pilot program to study the impacts of offering Transit at no cost to riders.

  Fare Free Iowa City

National Night Out  

National Night Out

Join Iowa City Police Officers and Firefighters for this annual celebration. Enjoy food and activities while creating connections to foster safer neighborhoods.

Fall Rec Guide and Registration

Keep active this fall with the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department! Learn how to sign up for classes and activities.



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Iowa City Fire Department responds to residential fire

The Iowa City Fire Department responded to a residential fire at 987 Walker Circle on Friday, July 28, 2023.

Firefighters were dispatched to the duplex at 5:26 p.m. after the resident of the adjacent unit called 911. First units arrived on scene at 5:35 p.m., encountered heavy smoke, and confirmed the unit where the fire was located was unoccupied. The fire was put out by 5:49 p.m. and contained to the original unit.

A dog died in the fire. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. The home sustained an estimated $100,000 in damages. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

ICFD was assisted by the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center, Iowa City Animal Services, and MidAmerican Energy.

News – City of North Liberty, July 28, 2023

North Liberty is a growing, thriving and young community. Proud to be a family-friendly small town in the heart of Iowa.

Gym, Pool Maintenance to Impact Facility Availability

In the coming weeks, maintenance will impact some Recreation Department facilities. Community Center gyms will be closed on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023, and Sunday, Aug. 13, for the annual gym refinishing. Patrons may notice some some odor as part of the work. Both gyms are expected to reopened on Monday, Aug. 14. The indoor pool…

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Iowa City Traffic Alert – Riverside Drive

Iowa CityIOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, the following street will be impacted beginning Monday, July 31, 2023.

Riverside Drive/Highway 6/Highway 1 will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction between Benton Street and Myrtle Avenue. These lane reductions will facilitate work associated with the Riverside Drive Pedestrian Improvements Project. It is anticipated normal traffic will resume by Friday, Sept. 1.