Interregional express bus service planned for 2018

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LINN COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG TV9) -- The Iowa DOT says it's highly likely there will be bus route between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, starting in 2018.

Up and down the corridor, drivers say Interstate 380 can be a stressful scene.

"Everyone speeds and they're all so angry," Rachel Buser said.

That's why many are welcoming a new interregional express bus proposal from the Iowa Department of Transportation.

"I used to commute back and forth to Cedar Rapids every day and it got quite hectic and I would rather ride on a bus and relax than drive and stress," Doug Scroogins said.

The bus service is mainly geared for commuters. The DOT says buses would run on 30 minute intervals during peak services hours, likely from 5 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. Officials expect the service to begin fall of 2018.

"There's a lot to do between now and then," Iowa DOT Research and Technology Manager Brent Paulsen said.

The D-O-T is exploring offering three routes. All run on Interstate 380 but would vary in the number of stops.

Officials say they want to offer several locations for commuters to get on and get off but want to keep the route time under an hour.

"Do we serve all of them or do we want to serve a couple of them," Paulsen said.

The DOT says it also wants to keep bus service prices around market price. Right now officials are suggesting a round-trip ticket for about $5.

The DOT is still looking for input on where people would like to see the buses stop. The feedback will be given to a consultant who will make a final recommendation for the route proposal in the next few months.