Moonlight Express offers a free, safe ride when regular fixed route service ends on Friday and Saturday nights from 10:30 pm to 3:00 am (phones shut off at 2:30 am) when ISU is in session only during the fall and spring semesters (mid-August through early May). Moonlight Express does not operate during the summer. It consists of shuttle bus routes running to campustown, downtown, west Ames, and southeast Ames, and door-to-door buses operating in the areas of the city not covered by the shuttle routes. Click on the map below to view the entire Moonlight Express service.
Individual route maps of specific shuttle route services can be viewed below. However, shuttle E operates more of a door to door service and therefore is not listed.
To arrange for a ride on Moonlight Express, call 292-1100 after 10:15pm on the night you would like to travel. Tell the dispatcher where you are and where you would like to go, and the dispatcher will tell you if there is a shuttle in your area, or if the shuttle is not near, will send the minibus to your door.
Due to low ridership, Moonlight Express does not run:
Friday/Saturday before and after Thanksgiving
Friday/Saturday of Finals Week in December
Friday/Saturday in January before classes start for spring
Friday/Saturday before and after Spring Break in March
Friday/Saturday of Easter weekend
Friday/Saturday of Finals Week in May
Moonlight Express Background
Moonlight Express was started in 1984 and was entirely funded through ISU student fees until January 1998, when the City of Ames and Iowa State University joined in the funding. For more details on ridership and expenses, view the excel file below.