Rider Alerts

Moonlight Express (Fri. & Sat.)

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Moonlight Express offers a FREE, safe ride when regular fixed route service ends on Friday and Saturday nights from 10:30 pm to 2:30 am (phones shut off at 2:00 am) when ISU is in session only during the fall (mid-August through November) and spring (mid-January - early May) semesters. Moonlight Express does not operate when Iowa State is on break or during the summer. 

Moonlight Express operates anywhere within the Ames city limits.  To arrange for a ride on Moonlight Express, call (515) 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 a minibus to your door.

Moonlight Express consists of shuttle buses running to highly requested areas such as campustown, downtown, west Ames, north Ames.  For all other areas of the Ames community not covered by specific shuttles with identified timetables, CyRide operates an additional door-to-door service (ie. E Shuttle). View all Moonlight Express service maps (PDF or LIVE).  Individual maps of shuttle services can be viewed below.

A Shuttle Map [PDF]

A Shuttle Timetable

B Shuttle Map [PDF]
  / [LIVE]

B Shuttle Timetable
E Shuttle
(Ames city limits non-shaded areas)

E Shuttle
(Call CyRide at (515) 292-1100 to schedule a ride)

Moonlight Express does not run on the following weekends due to low ridership:
  • 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
  • Summer
  • Iowa State Breaks during fall/spring semesters
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.

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