Des Moines Area Regional Transit
Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) operates mass transit service in the Des Moines metropolitan area.
2006 (as transit authority)
|Headquarters||620 Cherry Street|
|Locale||Des Moines, IA, United States|
|Service area||urban area|
|Service type||bus service, express bus service, paratransit, vanpool|
|Daily ridership||12,055 (FY 2013)|
DART was founded in 1973 as the Des Moines Metropolitan Transit Authority, commonly known as the MTA. Formed by a partnership of the cities of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Windsor Heights, and Urbandale. The MTA eventually developed a 14-county carpool and vanpool system in addition to its bus system.
Sunday service was added for the first time in 2007. In 2008, a free shuttle linked downtown Des Moines with the Iowa State Capitol. In 2012, a $21 million bus transfer station was opened on the south end of downtown, ending decades of using Walnut Street as a transit mall.
DART utilizes a hub and spoke system, designed to favor commuters, as opposed to point-to-point system. All routes run through downtown Des Moines. In 1985, Walnut Street, traditionally a retail center for the city, was repurposed as a transit mall, with traffic banned during daytime hours in order to enable bus transfers. This system was replaced by the $21 million DART Central Station in 2012.
|1||Fairgrounds||DART Central Station - 6th Avenue - Locust Street - Pennsylvania Avenue (back Grand Avenue - 7th Street) - East Grand Avenue - East 30th Street - East University Avenue - East 33rd Street - Easton Boulevard - East 38st Street - Hubbell Avenue - Hubbell Avenue & East 42nd Street (back East 42nd Street - Easton Boulevard)||30||30||60||60||60|
|3||University||DART Central Station - 6th Avenue (back 7th Street) - University Avenue - Apple Valley - Buffalo Road - Westown Parkway - 28th Street - University Avenue - 31st Street - Valley West Mall (back Westown Parkway)||20||20||60||30||30|
|4||E 14st St||DART Central Station - 6th Avenue - Locust Street (back Grand Avenue - 7th Street) - East Grand Avenue - East 15th Street (back East 14th Street) - East 14th Street (shuttle to Polk County Jail and Dee Zee) - East Euclid Avenue - Park Fair Mall||10-30||30-60||60||60||60|
|5||Franklin Ave / Johnston||DART Central Station - 6th Avenue - Grand Avenue (back 10th Street - Locust Street - 7th Street) - 10th Street - Woodland Avenue - 31st Street - 30th Street - Clark Street - 34st Street - Franklin Avenue - Merle Hay Road - Merle Hay Mall & Haymarket - Merle Hay Road - Johnston Public Library||30||60||40-50|
|6||Indianola Ave||DART Central Station - MLK Jr Parkway - SW 2st/3rd Street - Indianola Avenue - SE 14th Street and on 14th & Watrous splits into two routes:
Watrous Avenue - SE 5th Street - Army Post Road - Southridge Mall (shuttle to McCombs Middle School) SE 14th Street - Army Post Road - Southridge Mall (shuttle to McCombs Middle School)
|7||SW 9th St||DART Central Station - SW 7th Street - Turtle Street - SW 9th Street (back 8th Street - Turtle Street) - Army Post Road - Southridge Mall (shuttle to McCombs Middle School)||20||20||60||60||60|
|10||East University||DART Central Station - 6th Avenue - Locust Street - Pennsylvania Avenue (back East 6th Street - East Walnut Street - 2nd Avenue - Grand Avenue - 7th Avenue) - East University Avenue - Sherrylynn & East University Avenue||30-60||60|
|11||Ingersoll / Valley Junction||DART Central Station - 6th Avenue - Grand Avenue (back 17th Street - Locust Street - 7th Street) - 17th Street - Ingersoll Avenue - 59th Street - Grand Avenue - WEST DES MOINES - 4th Street - Elm Street - 8th Street - Grand Avenue - 9th Street - 9th Street & Ashworth (back Ashworth Road - 8th Street - Grand Avenue)||20-40|
|13||SE Park Ave||(Weeks Middle School) - Indianola Avenue & Evergreen - Indianola Avenue - Evergreen Avenue - SE 22st Street - East King Avenue - SE 19st Street - East Park Avenue - Indianola Avenue - Indianola Avenue & Evergreen||20-40|
|14||Beaver Ave||DART Central Station - 6th Avenue - Grand Avenue - 8th Street - High Street (back 9th Street - Locust Street - 7th Street) - 15th Street - Center Street - 19th Street - Cottage Grove - 19th Street (back MLK Jr Parkway - Cottage Grove) - MLK Jr Parkway - Hickman Road - 30th Street - Leado Avenue - Urbandale Avenue - Beaver Avenue - Aurora Avenue - Merle Hay Mall & Haymarket||30||40||60||60||60|
|15||6th Ave||DART Central Station - 6th Avenue (back 7th Street) - Douglas Avenue - Park Fair Mall (back Douglas Avenue - Cornell Street - Euclid Avenue)||20||20||60||30||30|
|16||Douglas Avenue||DART Central Station - 6th Avenue - Mulberry Street (back 7th Street) - 8th Street (back 9th Street) - 9th Street - University Avenue - 31st Street - 16th Street - Hickman Road - Broadlawns Medical Center - Hickman Road - MLK Jr Parkway - Douglas Avenue (shuttles along Lover Beaver Road and to Meredith & Hoover Schools) - Merle Hay Road - Merle Hay Mall & Haymarket||20||20||30||30||60|
|17||Hubbell Ave / Altoona||DART Central Station - 6th Avenue (back 7th Street) - University Avenue - Hubbell Avenue - 29th Avenue ( - Douglas - 26th Street) - East Euclid Avenue - Hubbell Avenue - 8th Street SW - 36th Avenue SW - Outlets of Des Moines/Altoona||15||30||60||60||60|
|50||Euclid / Douglas Crosstown||Merle Hay Mall & Haymarket - Merle Hay Road - Douglas Avenue - Euclid Avenue - East Euclid Avenue - Hubbell Avenue - East 42nd St & Hubbell Ave (back East 42nd Street - East Douglas Avenue - East 38th Street)||40||40||40|
|52||Valley West / Jordan Creek Crosstown||DART Central Station - 6th Avenue (back 7th Street) - I-235 - Valley West Mall - I-235 - Jordan Creek Parkway - EP True Parkway - 68th Street - Jordan Creek Town Center (back Mills Civic Parkway - I-35)||30-40||40||60||60||60|
|60||Ingresoll/University||DART Central Station - 6th Avenue (back 7th Street) - University Avenue - 24st Street - Ingersoll Avenue - 17th Street - Locust Street - 7th Street (back 6th Avenue - Grand Avenue) - DART Central Station||20||20||60||40||40|
|72||West Des Moines / Clive FLEX||Elm & 5th Street - Elm Street - 8th Street (back Grand Avenue - 4th Street) - Ashworth Road - Valley West Drive - Valley West Mall - University Avenue - 60th Street - EP True Parkway - Jordan Creek Town Center||30-60||60||60||60||60|
|73||Urbandale / Windsor Heights FLEX||Buccaneer Arena - 72nd Street - Douglas Avenue - 70th Street - Meredith Drive - NW 86th Street - Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Park & Ride (back Parkview Drive)||20-30|
|74||NW Urbandale FLEX||Valley West Mall - University Avenue - NW 100th Street - NW Urbandale Avenue - Aurora Avenue - 114th Street - Meredith Drive - NW 121st Street - Douglas Avenue - NW 100th Street- University Avenue - Valley West Mall||45-60|
|98||Ankeny||Downtown Des Moines - DMACC Urban Campus - I-235 - ANKENY - East 1st Street - Mercy North Park&Ride - East 1st Street - SW Des Moines Street - SW 3rd Street - Ankeny Boulevard - DMACC Boulevard - Lot L - DMACC Boulevard - SE Oralabor Road - I-235 - DMACC Urban Campus - Downtown Des Moines||20||80|
Express rush hour-only routes:
|№||Name||Route||№ of AM
|№ of PM|
|92||Hickman||Downtown Des Moines - I-235 - 63rd Street - Hickman Road - 72nd Street - Buccaneer Arena - 73rd Street - Hickman Road - NW 108th Street - Clive Hotel Park&Ride - NW 111st Street (back Hickman Road) - Hickman Road - Hickman & 156th Street Park & Ride||7||4||7||7|
|93||NW 86th||Downtown Des Moines - I-235 - NW 98th Street - Crescent Chase||7||4||8||8|
|94||Westown||Downtown Des Moines - I-235 - 22nd Street - Westown Parkway - Valley West Mall - Westown Parkway - Jordan Creek Parkway - Wells Fargo||3||3|
|95||Vista||Downtown Des Moines - I-235 - Valley West Drive - Ashworth Road - 39th Street - Woodland Avenue - 50th Street - Ashworth Road - Prairie View Drive - Vista Drive - Wells Fargo||4||4|
|96||EP True||Downtown Des Moines - I-235 - 73rd Street - Office Park Road - 11th Street - Ashworth Road - 13th Street - Grand Avenue - EP True Parkway - Jordan Creek Town Center||4||4|
|99||Altoona||Downtown Des Moines - I-235 - East Euclid Avenue - Hubbel Avenue - SW 8th Street - Walmart - SW 8th Street - NW 5th Avenue - Adventureland Drive - Adventureland Drive & Prairie Meadows Drive||4||2||4||4|
- The LINK/Center St. Park & Ride
- D-Line Shuttle
- Grimes/NW Johnston
- "FY 2013 Annual Report" (PDF). DART.
- Hancock, Jason (October 22, 2006). "Miller hopes DART scores a bull's-eye". Business Record.
- Conetzkey, Chris (March 27, 2010). "DART's budget: Exploring the need for route reductions". Business Record.
- Taylor, Chad (September 6, 2012). "Two weeks on the bus". Cityview.
- "Walnut Street Functional Programming" (PDF). Genus Landscape Architects. September 2011.