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Below is a brief history of CyRide. Since this was compiled after the fact; some events have been inadvertently omitted and some dates are unknown. If anyone remembers a service or date that has been omitted, please contact us and the list will be updated.

See CyRide's active fleet and retired fleet pages for a history of buses operating at CyRide. 

 

 CYRIDE HISTORY

Date Route Day Change
 ? Blue Sa Saturday Blue Route reduced to 40 minute headway.
 ? Blue FBall Blue route shuttle from S. 5th to Depot Annex started.
 ? Blue FBall Blue route shuttle from S. 5th to Friley started.
 ? Brown WD Midday Brown starts.
 ? Brown WD Midday Brown reduced.
 ? Orange WD Night Orange started (to Vet Med, Oakwood, Kate Mitchell).
 ? Orange WD Orange expanded to 10 minute headways.
 ? Red Su Sunday Red route reduced to 40 minute headway.
 ? Shuttle Sa VEISHEA parade shuttle started.
 ? Shuttle WD Library shuttle started. (ran until ?).
 ? Shuttle WD South campus shuttle started (ran until ?).
Sep-76 CyRide   CyRide started as a city department.
Nov-77 CyRide   CyRide office moves to the Ames airport.
Sep-79 Blue WD Blue route started.
Sep-79 Green WD Green route expanded to run all day.
Sep-79 Red WD Red route expanded to run all day.
Sep-80 CyRide   Ames Transit Agency established. Office on Sumner.
Aug-81 CyRide   CyRide office moves to 635 Lincoln Way.
Aug-81 Orange WD Orange route started.
Aug-81 RGB Su Sunday service started.
Aug-81 RGB WD Evening service started.
Aug-81 Yellow WD Yellow route started.
Sep-81 Shuttle FBall Airport to Football stadium shuttle started.
Oct-81 Yellow Sa Saturday Yellow started.
Aug-83 Brown WD Brown route started (rush hours only).
Aug-83 PLS WD Parking Lot shuttle started.
Nov-83 RGB WD Headways reduced to 20 minutes.
Jan-84 CyRide   CyRide moves to 1700 W. 6th St. (now University Blvd.)
Jan-84 CyRide   All America City Award.
Jan-84 CyRide   FTA Award for Outstanding Service.
Aug-84 NR   Night Ride starts.
Aug-85 Blue Sa Saturday Blue Route afternoon to 20 minute headway.
Aug-85 DAR   DAR fares increased to $1.50.
Aug-85 Fares   Full Fares increased to 60 cents.
Aug-85 Red Sa Sunday Red Route afternoon to 20 minute headway.
Aug-85 Red Sa Saturday Red Route afternoon to 20 minute headway.
Aug-85 RGB Su Sunday morning service started.
Nov-85 Shuttle FBall Airport to Football stadium shuttle ended.
Aug-88 Brown WD Night service started.
Aug-88 DAR WD Evening DAR service started.
Jan-89 Purple WD Purple route starts (rush hour only).
Aug-91 Purple WD Two midday trips added.
Jan-92 DAR WE DAR weekend service expanded to comply with ADA.
Aug-92 Yellow WD Night service provided by Orange route (60 minutes)
Aug-92 Yellow WD Begin detour to S. 17th (Dancenter) on request
Aug-92 Purple WD Purple expanded to all day service (40 - 60 minute headways).
Jan-93 MLX   Night Ride service ended.
May-93 Blue All Blue route moved from Eisenhower to Northwestern
May-93 Fares   Fares increased to $0.40/student and $0.90/full fare.
May-93 RGB WD Late morning service reduced to 30 minute headway 9:30am-11:30am
Aug-93 Yellow WD Night service eliminated
Aug-93 Yellow WD 40 minute PM headway; All afternoon trips detour to S. 17th (Dancenter)
Aug-93 Orange WD Night Orange coverage reduced to Vet Med & Oakwood (60 min. headway).
Aug-93 MLX   Moonlight Express started in place of Night Ride.
May-94 Fares   Fares decreased to $0.35/student and $0.75/full fare.
May-94 Brown WD Midday added to operate same all year.
May-94 Orange Sa Saturday Orange to set schedule to Vet Med (3 trips/day).
May-94 Blue Sa Summer Blue Saturday night service started.
Jun-94 Shuttle   Odyssey of the Mind here -- 70,264 passengers.
Aug-94 Yellow WD 30 minute PM headway; S. 17th trips eliminated
Aug-94 Brown WD Midday Brown times expanded.
Aug-94 Orange WD Orange Route expanded to 7-8 minute rush/midday, 15 late AM, 10 minute PM.
Aug-94 Fares   ISU begins to subsidize Staff/Faculty passes
Aug-94 Fares   ISU students can charge semester passes to their UBill
Aug-94 Orange WD Night Orange coverage reduced to Vet Med only (30 minute headway).
Sep-94 Orange WD Bus added to morning rush hour for 4-6 minute interval.
Apr-95 Shuttle   West Ames VEISHEA shuttle started.
May-95 CyRide   APTA Neil E. Goldschmidt Award for outstanding performance & safety.
May-95 Blue Su Summer Blue Sunday night service started.
May-95 Red Su Summer Red Sunday night service started.
Jul-95 RGB WD 2 of 4 sequences wheelchair accessible. All night buses accessible
Jul-95 RGB WE All weekend routes wheelchair accessible.
Aug-95 Brown WD Towers purchases passes for all residents for Brown Route.
Aug-95 Orange   Orange timetable separated from other timetables.
Aug-95 Orange WD Orange Route expanded to 5 minute rush/midday, 10 minute rest.
Aug-95 Yellow WD Midday trips reduced to 1 per hour.
Aug-95 Yellow WD Re-routed to Buckeye after 9:00am
Aug-95 Yellow Su SundayBlue extended to S. 16th from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Aug-95 Yellow WD Route in Kate Mitchell area reversed direction
Aug-95 Orange WD Night Orange to ISC only (20 minute headway).
Aug-95 Pass   Full Fare semester pass established.
Aug-95 Pass   Student and Full Fare Winter passes established.
Jan-96 MLX   MLX service area reduced.
May-96 RGB WD 6:50am & 7:10am trips combined to a 7:00am trip.
Jun-96 Shuttle   Odyssey of the Mind here -- 77,518 passengers.
Aug-96 Brown WD Service to Greenhills Drive limited to 5 trips per day.
Aug-96 Brown WD Midday Brown extra bus started by Towers (10:40am to 1:00pm)
Aug-96 Orange Sa Saturday Orange eliminated.
Aug-96 Yellow Sa Saturday Yellow eliminated
Sep-96 Orange WD 7:15am trip added from ISC.
Nov-96 DAR   $3.00 fare for service >3/4 mile from a fixed route initiated.
Nov-96 DAR   $3.00 fare for elderly started.
Nov-96 DAR   $5.00 fee for "No Shows" initiated.
Apr-97 VEISHEA   GSB to fund west Ames VEISHEA shuttle.
May-97 CyRide   APTA Neil E. Goldschmidt Award for outstanding performance & safety.
May-97 Green WE Added Green night service on Saturday and Sunday. (Summer)
May-97 RGB WD Third daytime sequence made wheelchair accessible
May-97 RGB WD Changed night running time to 90 minute round trip.
Aug-97 Fares   School Year Pass started for Students and Full Fare
Aug-97 Fares   Winter pass extended to November.
Aug-97 Blue Sa 20 minute Blue Saturday afternoon.
Aug-97 Gray WD Gray Route started from Mall-Bloomington-Eisenhower-Stange-Campus.
Aug-97 Purple WD Route to use Welch-Union-Wallace-Osborn-Bissell-Union through campus.
Aug-97 Purple WD Route changed to operate from Todd/Thackeray to campus.
Aug-97 Red All Red to detour to Todd/Thackeray on request when 90 minute round trip.
Aug-97 Red All West endpoint moved to Mortensen/Pinon.
Aug-97 RG BBall Red to run extra bus after home basketball games. L.Way-Ontario-Schilletter.
Aug-97 RGB WD Time shortened to 5 minutes between State Gym & Bessey Eastbound.
Nov-97 Airport   Airport shuttle to DSM started (Fare $10 students, $15 non-students)
Jan-98 MLX   MLX service area increased to entire city
May-98 DAR   Elderly reduced fare eliminated
May-98 Orange Sat Saturday Orange route resumed
May-98 Yellow Sat Saturday Yellow route resumed
Aug-98 MLX   MLX  funded by all three funding bodies
Jan-99 MLX   Second shuttle bus added (campustown to downtown)
May-99 Gray WD Second Gray Route bus added in rush hours
May-99 Gray WD Gray Route expanded to operate all day
Aug-99 Airport   Airport shuttle fares changed to $12 for everyone
Aug-99 RG BBall Extra Red bus after basketball games ended
Aug-99 Yellow Fri, Sat Yellow operates on Friday and Saturday nights
Sep-99   FBall Football shuttles from Friley/Towers to stadium started
May-01 Yellow Sat Saturday night Yellow ended
Aug-01 Brown WD Brown route fare free Wilson Hall to Wilson Hall
Aug-01 Orange All Orange route extended to S. Duff/S. 16th (8 trips per day)
Aug-01 Orange All Orange route fare free Vet Med to Vet Med
Aug-01 Purple WD Service to Mortensen/Miller via Purple route started
Aug-01 Silver Fri, Sat Fiday/Saturday NIght Shuttle started (ISU to S. 16th/S. Duff)
Aug-01 Yellow Fri Friday night Yellow ended
Sep-01   FBall Football shuttles from Friley/Towers to stadium ended
Oct-01 Gold WD Gold route started (fare free)
Aug-02 Brown/Gray WD Brown and Gray route combined. Service 20 minute rush, 30 minute midday
Aug-02 Cardinal WD Cardinal route started from Towers to Frederiksen Ct. 8 minute rush, 16 midday
Aug-02 CyRide All Entire system free to ISU students with ID card
Aug-02 CyRide WD Campus Circulator routes started (21 Cardinal, 22 Gold, 23 Orange, 24 Silver)
Aug-02 CyRide All ISU campus stops free for all passengers on all routes
Aug-02 Orange WD Orange route to 7 minute headway all day
Aug-02 Silver Fri, Sat Night Shuttle route renamed Silver
Aug-02 Brown/Gray WD Brown and Gray route combined. Service 20 minute rush, 30 minute midday
Aug-02 Cardinal WD Cardinal route started from Towers to Frederiksen Ct.
8 minute rush, 16 midday
Aug-02 CyRide All Entire system free to ISU students with ID card
Aug-02 CyRide WD Campus Circulator routes started (21 Cardinal, 22 Gold, 23 Orange, 24 Silver)
Aug-02 CyRide All ISU campus stops free for all passengers on all routes
Aug-02 Orange WD Orange route to 7 minute headway all day
Aug-02 Silver Fri, Sat Night Shuttle route renamed Silver route
Oct-02 Blue Sat Extra Blue route buses added Saturday evenings
Oct-02 Red, Blue Sun Extra Red route and Blue route buses added Sunday evenings
Oct-02 Red WD Red route to 10 minute headway all day between ISU and Mortensen
Dec-02 Airport   Airport shuttle runs everyday from 12/19 to 1/12
Jan-03 Blue WD Blue route express routes started between S. 5th & ISU during rush hours
Feb-03 Green WD 5:51pm Green West from Kildee started
Aug-03 Airport   Fares to $10 for all passengers (including ISU students)
Aug-03 Blue WD Blue South 10 minute headway to campus 7:17am to 9:31 am
Aug-03 Orange WD Orange route to 5 minute headway all day
Aug-03 Orange Sat Saturday Orange ended
Aug-03 Red, Purple WD AM eastbound trips to use Dickenson/Steinbeck from start to 9:50am
Aug-03   All All trips except Orange shuttles and some Cardinal trips wheelchair accessible
Dec-03 Airport   Airport shuttle ended 12/23 to 1/7 due to low ridership
Mar-04 Fares   Fares increased ($1.00 Regular, $0.50 Reduced)
May-04 Yellow WD, Sat Most midday trips cut
May-04 Purple   Purple to use Dickenson/Steinbeck all day both directions
Jul-04 Red   End point moved to the new middle school
Aug-04 Silver Sun Silver route ended on Friday/Saturday nights. Silver runs Sunday evening from stadium lots to residence associations
Aug-04 Cardinal   Cardinal runs between Frederiksen Ct. and campus only
May-05 Purple   Purple route cut back to rush hours only
May-05 Silver   Silver route from the stadium ends
May-05 Red   Red route to use Steinbeck/Dickensen both directions all days
May-05 Red   Detour on request to ToddThackeray and Mortensen/Miller ends
May-05 Blue   Blue route changed from Welch/Storm to Lincoln Way/Beach
May-05 Blue WD 10 minute headway between ISU and Schilletter cut to rush hours only
May-05 Gold WD Evening Gold route service ends
May-05 Yellow   Yellow route to use Opal/Crystal northbound
May-06  Red   Red route moved off of Lincoln Swing to Lincoln Way
Jul-06     Bob Bourne retires as Director and Sheri Kyras is hired as the new Director

Aug-06

All   Electronic destination signs put in service. All routes called by number/color: #1 Red, #2 Green, #3 Blue, #4 Gray, #5 Yellow, #6 Brown, #7 Purple, #21 Cardinal, #22 Gold, #23 Orange
Aug-06 #4 Gray WD #4 Gray route extended to SE 16th/S. Dayton.
Nov-06 #6A   #6A Towers/Campus shuttle started to operate between the Towers and ISU weekday afternoons and evenings, and assorted times on Saturdays and Sundays
May-07 #6 Brown WD #6 Brown Extra summer trips added in the morning and afternoon rush hours to create 20 minute headway.
May-08     CyRide's Silver LEED Administrative Building construction is complete.
Aug-08 Silver Sun Silver route from Jack Trice Stadium lots to the residence halls begins again
Aug-08 #2 Green Sun Extra trips added Sunday mornings to match #1 Red and #3 Blue start times
May-09 All   All fixed routes and Dial A Ride Fare Free for everyone for summer schedule from May 15 to August 15.
Ridership increased 27% over 2008.
FY2009 All   All time record ridership of 5,002,146 from 7/1/08 to 6/30/09
Aug-09

#1 Red/

#3 Blue

WD #1 Red and #3 Blue routes operate at 15 minute headways from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Aug-10          Cybrid fleet of 12 hybrids begins operating throughout Ames
May-10      #8 Aqua     New  #8 Aqua service begins operating to Furman Aquatic Center seven days a week from May 29, 2010 to August 18, 2010
Aug-10  #10 Pink

 WD

 New #10 Pink service route to E. 13th/Dayton operates three morning and three afternoon trips
 Jan-12  ALL Fares
 Fares increased to $0.60 reduced fare; $1.25 full fare. 
Created half fare monthly pass.
Added Medicaid to half fare eligibility
 Aug-14
 #2 Green
WD  Extra bus added to give more time Eastbound in the afternoon.
 Aug-14
 #4B  WD  #4B Added on S. 16th between #4 and #4A Gray trips for more service on S. 16th.  Copper Beech management to pay for three years of service.
 Aug-15
 #9 Plum
 WD  #9 Plum route was added to replace the #4B Gray route.  The route was redesigned to run from Buckeye Rd. to Campus bypassing the ISC Hub.
Last updated: 8/18/2016 3:10:46 PM