CyRide

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Area Served Ames, IA
Founded September 1976
Headquarters 601 N University Boulevard
Ames, IA 50014
Fleet Size 85 (79 buses & 6 cutaways)
Number Of Routes 14
Website cyride.com/home

CyRide is the public transportation operator in the city of Ames, Iowa. They operate 13 fixed routes, a Dial-A-Ride service for persons with a disability, and a late night service called Moonlight Express. The fixed routes and Dial-A-Ride operate every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Moonlight Express operates on Friday and Saturday nights when Iowa State University is in session. All fixed route trips shown in the timetables are wheelchair accessible and service animals are allowed (pets that are not service animals are prohibited).

CyRide At A Glance

  • 161 Employees
  • 1,862,274 Passengers (FY2021)
  • $10,385,095 Operating Expenses (FY2021)
  • 1,283,596 Revenue Miles (FY2021)
  • 90 Buses (as of June 30, 2021)

An Award-Winning Bus System

  • 2009 APTA Bus Safety Award - Certificate of Merit
  • 2nd place in the 35' bus division at the 2004 APTA International Bus Roadeo
  • 5th place in the 35' bus division at the 2007 APTA International Bus Roadeo
  • 15 State Bus Roadeo Winners (as of June 2006)
  • 2002 APTA Gold Safety Award Finalist
  • 1999 APTA Neil E. Goldschmidt Silver Safety Award Finalist
  • 1997 APTA Neil E. Goldschmidt Silver Safety Award Winner
  • 1996 APTA AdWheels Award Winner
  • 1995 APTA Neil E. Goldschmidt Silver Safety Award Winner
  • 1993 APTA Neil E. Goldschmidt Silver Safety Award Finalist
  • 1992 Public Risk Management Administration Achievement Award
  • 1991 APTA Neil E. Goldschmidt Silver Safety Award Finalist
  • 1989 UMTA Outstanding Public Service Award
  • 1983 All America City Award

Routes

Maps & schedules

Name Route Notes
1 Red East Ames Middle School → North Grand Mall via Mortensen Rd, Lincoln Way, and Duff Ave 1A and 1B variants discontinued in August 2018 upon implementation of CyRide 2.0 redesign.
Red West North Grand Mall → Ames Middle School via Duff Ave, Lincoln Way, and Mortensen Rd
2 Green East Ontario St & California Ave → North Grand Mall via Ontario St, Hyland Ave, 6th St, and Grand Ave
Green West North Grand Mall → Ontario St & California Ave via Grand Ave, 6th St, Hyland Ave, and Ontario St
3 Blue Route S. 5th St ↔ Campus via S. 4th St, Beach Ave, Lincoln Way, and Osborn Dr Service to North Grand Mall discontinued in August 2018 upon implementation of CyRide 2.0 redesign.
5 Yellow Route Downtown ↔ Emerald Dr via Lincoln Way and S Duff Ave
6 Brown North ISU Research Park → North Grand Mall via University Blvd, Mortensen Pkwy, Osborn Dr, Stange Rd, and Bloomington Rd 6A and 6B variants discontinued in August 2018 upon implementation of CyRide 2.0 redesign.
Brown South North Grand Mall → ISU Research Park via Bloomington Rd, Stange Rd, Osborn Dr, Mortensen Pkwy, and University Blvd
7 Purple Route Alcott Ave ↔ Student Services via Lincoln Way and Union Dr Service to Mortensen Rd, Memorial Union and Osborn Dr discontinued in August 2018 upon implementation of CyRide 2.0 redesign.
8 Aqua Route Downtown ↔ Furman Aquatic Center via Grand Ave and 13th St Does not operate if the Furman Aquatic Center is not open to the public.
9 Plum Route Buckeye and S. 16th ↔ Campus via S. 16th St, University Blvd, Osborn Dr, and Lincoln Way
11 Cherry Route West Mortensen Rd ↔ Student Services via Mortensen Rd, S Dakota Ave, Lincoln Way, and Union Dr Introduced in 2018 upon implementation of CyRide 2.0 redesign. Replacement for 1A route.
12 Lilac Route Dickenson Ave ↔ Student Services via Mortensen Rd, State Ave and Union Dr Introduced in 2018 upon implementation of CyRide 2.0 redesign.
14 Peach North Campus → North Grand Mall via Osborn Dr, Stange Rd, and 24th St Introduced in 2018 upon implementation of CyRide 2.0 redesign.
Peach South North Grand Mall → Campus via 24th St, Stange Rd, and Osborn Dr
21 Cardinal Route Frederiksen Court ↔ Campus via Stange Rd, Union Dr, and Osborn Dr Free circulator.
23 Orange Route Iowa State Center ↔ Campus via Beach Ave, Osborn Dr, and Union Dr
  • Free circulator.
  • Busiest bus route in Iowa.[1]
  • Service to Veterinary Medicine discontinued in August 2018 upon implementation of CyRide 2.0 redesign.
25 Gold North Towers → 40 Schilletter via Welch Ave, Osborn Dr, and Stange Rd
  • Free circulator.
  • Introduced in 2018 upon implementation of CyRide 2.0 redesign. Replacement for 6A route.
Gold South 40 Schilletter → Towers via Stange Rd, Osborn Dr, and Welch Ave

The Moonlight Express operates on Friday and Saturday nights from 10:30 pm to 2:30 am.
The East Ames Service Extension (EASE) provides on-demand service operated by a small bus in East Ames.

The following routes were discontinued in August 2018 upon implementation of CyRide 2.0 redesign:[2]

  • 4 Gray - SE 16th St & S Dayton Ave ↔ Campus via S Bell Ave, S 16th St, Beach Ave, and Osborn Dr
  • 4A Gray - Jewel Dr & S Duff Ave ↔ Campus via S Duff Ave, S 16th St, Beach Ave, and Osborn Dr
  • 10 Pink - Downtown ↔ Eastgate Dr & Philadelphia St via Lincoln Way, Dayton Ave, and E 13th St. Replaced by EASE Route.
  • 22 Gold - Ash Ave & Sunset Dr ↔ Campus via Lynn Ave, Pammel Dr, and Wallace Rd. Free circulator.

Fares

Passenger/Type Cost Notes
Full Fare $1.00 Was $1.25 from 2011-2018.
Reduced Fare $0.50
  • K-12 Students
  • Medicare cardholders
  • 65 or older
  • Persons with a disability
Iowa State University students with a current ISU Card Free
Children 5 years and younger Free Maximum of 3 children per passenger.
Personal Care Attendants (PCA) Free
Routes 21, 23, 25 Free

[3]

Fixed-Route Fleet Roster

Active

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
105-110 CyRide 105-a.jpg 2012 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Voith
126-128 CyRide 127-c.jpg 2010 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.5
180-184 CyRide 181-a.jpg 2012 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Voith
186-189 CyRide 187-b.jpg 2008 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith Originally numbered 0819-0822.
418-425, 429-432 CyRide 425-a.jpg 2010 Gillig Low Floor HEV 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith DIWAhybrid Originally numbered 118-125, 129-132.
501-504 CyRide 502-c.jpg 2006 OBI Orion VII
(07.501)
Cummins ISL Voith Originally numbered 1-4.
660-661 CyRide 661-b.jpg 2012 Nova Bus LFS Artic Cummins ISL9 Voith D864.5
949-952 CyRide 952-a.jpg 2005 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Cummins ISM Voith Originally numbered 994-997.
953-958 CyRide 954-c.jpg 2000 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Cummins ISM Voith
1111-1116 CyRide 1114-a.jpg 2015 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Voith
1136-1138 CyRide 1136-a.jpg 2018 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9 Voith
1139 CyRide 1139-b.jpg 2019 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9 Voith
1142-1144 CyRide 1142-a.jpg 2020 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9 Voith
1145-1148 CyRide 1145-b.jpg 2022 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9 Allison B400R6
1163-1170 CyRide 1169-a.jpg 2023 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9 Allison B400R6
3151-3156 CyRide 3155-a.jpg 2021 Ford E-450
6101-6104 CyRide 6102-b.jpg 2016 Nova Bus LFS Artic Cummins ISL9 Voith
6149 CyRide 6149-a.jpg 2021 Nova Bus LFS Artic Cummins L9 Allison
6150 CyRide 6150-a.jpg 2022 Nova Bus LFS Artic Cummins L9 Allison
7157-7158 CyRide 7158-a.jpg 2022 Nova Bus LFSe+
9070-9077 CyRide 9076-b.jpg 2002 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Cummins ISM Voith Originally numbered 970-977.

On Order

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
2020s TBD TBD Electric Additional electric buses for the CyRide fleet.
(2 buses) 2020s NFI XD60

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
144-147 1999 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G18D102N4)
Cummins ISC Originally numbered 944-947.
294 2005 Chevrolet Venture Originally numbered 969.
333-338 2010 Ford E-450 Originally numbered 133-138.
378-379 2003 Ford/StarTrans E-350 Originally numbered 978-979.
390-391 CyRide 390-a.jpg 2012 Chevrolet

Glaval

Express

Titan II

Fleet numbers and CyRide decals removed as of May 2023.
641-643 1973 GMC T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison
  • Originally numbered 941-943.
  • Ex-Santa Monica 4917, 4915 & 4921.
700, 762-763, 778-779, 785, 789, 792-793 2001 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C21D102N4)
Cummins ISM Voith D864.3E
711-716 1993 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TBL10E)
Cummins L10E Voith D864.3
717 1994 Gillig Phantom 40'
(M11T40102)
Cummins M11 Voith D864.3
739-743 1997 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C20D102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 50
768-769 1996 Gillig Phantom 35' Cummins M11 280 hp Voith D863.2
  • Originally numbered 933-934.
  • Put up for auction on 5/15/2015.
853 1974 Checker Taxi Cab
854 1976 Dodge
855-859 1975 Ford/Coach and Equipment
860 1977 Dodge
861-863 1978 Chevrolet
864 1979 Superior
865-866 1981 Ford/Thomas
867-868 1960 GMC TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
  • Ex-Mankato, MN
  • Exx-Montgomery, AL
  • Exxx-MARTA.
869 1968 GMC T6H-4521 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
870 1965 GMC TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-Long Beach Transit 4547.
871 1971 GMC T6H-4521A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Ex-UTA 4500.
872 1968 GMC T6H-4521 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Ex-Long Beach Transit 4574.
873 1961 GMC TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-Rapid Transit Lines 184.
874-877 1981 TMC T-30 CityCruiser Detroit Diesel 6V53T Allison MT-643
878 1978 TBB Ex-?
879-881 1982 TMC T-30 CityCruiser Detroit Diesel 6V53T Allison MT-643
882-883 1983 BIA Orion I
(01.506)
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
884 1964 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
885-887 1955 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
886-887 (2) 1983 BIA Orion I
(01.506)
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
888-891 1984 BIA Orion I
(01.507)
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison HT-740 889 to Marshalltown Municipal Transit
892 1963 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-Suburban Transit System/Pace 127.
893-895 1966 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Ex-Suburban Transit System/Pace 141-142 & 145.
896 1962 GMC TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-AC Transit 744.
897 1963 GMC TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-AC Transit 758.
898 1985 BIA Orion I
(01.507)
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison HT-747
899 1986 TransTaxi Dutcher
900 1987 BIA Orion I
(01.507)
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison HT-747
  • Ex 1411.
  • Retired in June 2011.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
901 1965 GMC TDH-5304 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-AC Transit 343.
902-903 1966 GMC TDH-5304 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9 Ex-AC Transit 354 & 359.
904 1964 GMC TDH-5304 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
  • Ex-AC Transit 323.
  • Retired in March 2004; bought by Laddie Vitek.
    • Put up for sale on ebay in March 2016.[4]
905 1966 GMC TDH-5304 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9 Ex-AC Transit 348.
906-907 1986 Ford/Goshen E-350 Ford V8 7.5L gasoline
908 1983 BIA Orion I
(01.506)
Detroit Diesel 6V71TA Allison HT-740
  • Originally numbered 1408.
  • Ex-Orion Demonstrator; bought in April 1984.
909-910 1987 BIA Orion I
(01.507)
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison HT-747
  • Originally numbered 1409-1410.
  • Retired in 2010-2011.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
912 1988 BIA Orion I
(01.507)
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison HT-747
  • Originally numbered 1412.
  • Retired in June 2011.
  • It was bought by Amescars in July 2011,[5] and was sold to Thomas Gleisner.
913 1989 Ford/ElDorado E-350 Ford V8 7.3L Diesel To Cedar Rapids Transit.
914-915 1967 GMC T6H-5305 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Ex-Denver Tramway Corporation 8104 & 8110.
916-918 1989 Gillig Phantom 40' Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Retired in 2003-2004.
  • 916 to Scott Hassler.
  • 917 to Lindahl Salvage (probably scrapped).
  • 918 to Joan Dooley.
919-921 1990 Gillig Phantom 40' Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Retired in 2004.
  • 919 to Barbie Hoskin.
  • 920 to Scott Hassler.
  • 921 to Taylor Asphalt.
922 CyRide 922-a.jpg 1968 GMC T6H-5305 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9
923-924 1993 Ford/ElDorado E-350 Ford V8 7.3L Diesel
925 1993 Dodge Grand Caravan LWB V6 3.3L gasoline
926-927 1993 Gillig Phantom 35' Detroit Diesel Series 50 Retired circa 2010.
928-929 CyRide 928-a.jpg 1976 GMC T6H-4523A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
930-932 1994 Ford/ElDorado E-350 Ford V8 7.3L Diesel 3-speed auto
935-937 1975 GMC T8H-5308A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison
938-939 1997 Ford/ElDorado National E-350 Ford V8 7.3L Diesel
940 1998 Chevrolet Venture V6 3.4L gasoline
948 (1st) 1976 GMC T6H-4523A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Ex-Keyline Transit 2508.
948 (2nd) 2002 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Ex-Sioux City Transit 1093.
949 1995 Ford/ElDorado National E-350 Ford V8 7.3L Diesel
951 1986 BIA Orion I
(01.508)
Ex-Indy-Go 8605.
952 1974 GMC T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS2-8
959 2002 Blue Bird CSFE Cummins ISB To Five Seasons Transit.
960-961 2002 Ford/StarTrans E-450 Ford V8 7.3L Diesel
962-967 1990 BIA Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Voith D863.2
  • Ex-Madison Metro 497, 461, 490, 465, 489 & 476
  • 962-965 are retired.
  • 962 & 964 retired 2012.
  • 963 retired May 2003.
  • 965 retired February 2006.
968 2002 Chevrolet/ElDorado National Venture/Activan V6 3.4L gasoline
980-982 1988 BIA Orion I
(01.508)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-748 Ex-Pace 8770, 8790, 8761.
983-984 1990 BIA Orion I
(01.507)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-748 Ex-Pace 2044 & 2030.
985-993 1990 BIA Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Voith D863.2 Ex-Madison Metro 473, 480, 483, 486, 491, 494, 498, 501 & 503.
1140-1141 CyRide 1141-a.jpg 2001 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G18D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E
7116-7125, 7129-7133 2002 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C21D102N4)
Cummins ISM Voith D864.3E
7640 2008 Ford/StarTrans E-450 Leased to Heartland Senior Services to operate CyRide's ADA service.
8913-8918 1989 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Cummins L10 280 hp Voith D863.2

Service Vehicle Roster

Active

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
295 2009 Chevrolet Impala LS V6 3.5L Gasoline Originally numbered 0905.
296 2009 Toyota Prius Hybrid 4-cyl. 1.5L gasoline Auto CVT w/Overdrive Originally numbered 0906.
297 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid AWD Ford 4-cyl. 2.5L Gasoline
898 2008 Ford F-250 SD Ford V8 5.4L Gasoline Originally numbered 007.
899 2006 Ford F-450 SD Ford V8 6.0L Diesel Originally numbered 999.

Retired

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
854 1984 GMC Pickup Ex-?
855 1986 Ford Crown Victoria LTD Ford V8 5.0L gasoline Ex-Ames Police Department
950 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 Reg. Cab V8 5.2L LPG To Mason City Transit.

References