Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority

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Areas Served Des Moines, IA and surrounding region
Founded 2006
Fleet Size 110 (fixed-route)
36 (Flex/On Call/Dial-A-Ride)
Service Types Fixed-route, Flex Route,
On Call, Dial-A-Ride
Ridership 4,795,018 (2015, annual)
Union ATU Local 441
Website ridedart.com
Facebook @ridedart
Instagram @ridedart
Twitter @ridedart
YouTube youtube.com/ridedart

Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) serves the city of Des Moines, Iowa. Service is also provided to the cities of Alleman, Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Elkhart, Granger, Grimes, Johnston, Mitchellville, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Runnells, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights. DART is the largest public transit system in the state of Iowa. [1]

History

Iowa Regional Transit Corporation previously operated transit service from 1970-1973 and Des Moines Transit Company from 1954-1970.

In 2006, local and state leaders created the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority to improve upon the existing Des Moines Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) in order to create a more regional transit system. [1]

Fares

The following fares are charged on the various services DART operates: [2]

Regular Fares

Adult Children 6-10 Children 5 and Under Reduced Fare
$1.75 $0.75 Free $0.75

Express Fares

Adult Full Fare Token Children 6-10 Children 5 and Under Reduced Fare
$2.00 Token + $0.25 $0.75 Free $.75

Shuttle Fares

MLK Park & Ride Shuttle The LINK Shuttle Downtown D-Line Shuttle
Free Free Free

Unlimited Ride Passes

Pass Type Price Reduced Fare Type Price
Weekly Pass (Sun-Sat) $16.00 Reduced Fare/Medicare Weekly $7.00
Monthly Pass (From 1st Day of Month) $48.00 Reduced Fare Monthly Pass $24.00
Express Plus Monthly Pass $58.00 Reduced Fare Express Plus Monthly $29.00

Reduced fares are available to seniors, the disabled and holders of Medicare cards and Veterans with appropriate identification.

Routes

Maps & schedules

Regular

  • 1 Fairgrounds
  • 3 University
  • 4 East 14th
  • 5 Franklin Ave. (Available Monday to Friday only)
  • 6 Indianola
  • 7 SW 9th St.
  • 8 Fleur Dr. (Available Monday to Friday only)
  • 11 Ingersoll/Valley Junction (Available Monday to Friday only)
  • 13 Southeast Park Avenue Circulator (Available Monday to Friday only in one direction)
  • 14 Beaver Ave.
  • 15 6th Ave.
  • 16 Douglas Ave.
  • 17 Hubbell Ave./Altoona
  • 51 Merle Hay Crosstown (Available Monday to Friday only)
  • 52 Valley West/Jordan Creek Crosstown
  • 60 Ingersoll/University Loop

Express

  • 91 Merle Hay Express
  • 92 Hickman Express
  • 93 Northwest 86th Street Express
  • 94 Westown Express
  • 95 Vista Express
  • 96 E.P. True Express
  • 98 Ankeny Express
  • 99 Altoona Express

Express routes are only available Monday to Friday during peak hours.

Flex

  • 72 West Des Moines/Clive Flex
  • 73 Urbandale/Windsor Heights Flex
  • 74 NW-Urbandale

Shuttles

  • The LINK/Center Street Park & Ride
  • D-Line Shuttle

Shuttle service is only available Monday to Friday.

Cities with On Call Service

  • Alleman
  • Ankeny
  • Bondurant
  • Carlisle
  • Granger
  • Grimes
  • Mitchellville
  • Polk City

Facilities

Garage

  • Address: 1100 Dart Way, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Phone: 515-283-8100

DART Central Station/Customer Service

  • Address: 620 Cherry Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Fixed-Route Fleet

Active

As of 2017.[3]

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1001-1020 2010 OBI-DBNA Orion VII NG
(07.501)
Cummins ISL
1021-1022 2011 Orion Orion VII EPA10
(07.501)
Cummins ISL9
1023-1027 2012 Orion Orion VII EPA10
(07.501)
Cummins ISL9
1028 2011 Orion Orion VII EPA10 HEV
(07.501)
Cummins ISL9 Allison H 40 EP
hybrid system
  • 2010 model.
  • Ex-Orion Demonstrator unit PT7.
1029-1032 2013 NFI XDE35 Cummins ISL9 Allison H 40 EP
hybrid system
1033-1034 2013 NFI XDE40 Cummins ISL9 Allison H 40 EP
hybrid system
2012 models.
1411-1416 2014 NFI XD40 Cummins ISL9
1501-1506 2000 NFI D60LF Ex-OCTA 7301, 7312, 7314, 7316, 7319 & 7320 and remanufactured by Complete Coach Works; received in 2015.
1607-1633 2016 NFI XD40 Cummins ISL9 Option order.[4]
1807-1810 2018 NFI XD35 Cummins L9
1811-1813 2018 NFI XD40 Cummins L9
22402-22415 2002 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E 22403-22410 are retired.
23416-23422 2003 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E
26429-26440 2006 OBI Orion VII
(07.501)
26441-26445 2006 OBI Orion VII
(07.501)
28455-28461 2008 OBI-DBNA Orion VII NG
(07.501)
Cummins ISL
29462 2009 OBI-DBNA Orion VII NG HEV
(07.501)
Cummins ISB 260 hp First hybrid bus in Iowa, Luminator Horizon destination sign, aluminum rims, bike rack, LaFrance eco-friendly fabric, video surveillance system[5]

On Order

Fleet
Number(s)
Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
001 1997 Dupont Champlain 1608 Trolley Replica.
101-125 1974-1975 GMC T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison
126-140 1977 AMG 10240B-8 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730
141-155 1977 AMG 9635B-6 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
156-175 1979 GMC RTS-03
(T7H-603)
Detroit Diesel 8V71T Allison V730
176-180 1981 GMC RTS-04
(T8J-204)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
181-198,
201-202
1985 TBM-Isuzu MRT30
301-305 (1st) 1954 GMC TDH-4512 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Formerly Iowa Regional Transit Corporation 301-305.
306,
308-309 (1st)
1958 GMC TDH-4512 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Formerly Iowa Regional Transit Corporation 306, 308-309.
301-310 (2nd),
312-321,
323-332
Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 326-a.jpg 1989 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92T Voith D863.2 326 was bought by a private owner for an RV conversion. It was spotted in western Illinois on 2/16/2019.[6]
333-349 1992 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Voith D863.2 333 & 344 were renumbered 348 & 349.
350-354,
356-358 (2nd)
1994 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TBS50)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Voith D863.3
351-358 (1st) 1956 GMC TDH-4512 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Formerly Iowa Regional Transit Corporation 351-358.
510-514 1960 GMC TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Formerly Iowa Regional Transit Corporation 510-514.
531-535 1961 GMC TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Formerly Iowa Regional Transit Corporation 531-535.
613,
616-617,
619-620,
622, 624
1958 GMC TDH-4512 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Formerly Iowa Regional Transit Corporation 613, 616-617, 619-620, 622, 624.
700-705 1963 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Formerly Iowa Regional Transit Corporation 700-705.
801-840 1955 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Formerly Iowa Regional Transit Corporation 801-840.
841-845 1954 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Formerly Iowa Regional Transit Corporation 841-845.
846-848 1955 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Formerly Iowa Regional Transit Corporation 846-848.
849-852 1957 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Formerly Iowa Regional Transit Corporation 849-852.
876-879 1952 GMC TDH-5103 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Formerly Iowa Regional Transit Corporation 876-879.
1741-1745 1970 GMC T6H-5306A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Ex-Metro Area Transit same #'s; bought in 1994.
7359-7365,
7367-7369
1/1998 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C20D102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Voith D863.3
  • 1997 models.
  • Ex 359-365, 367-369.
8370-8376,
8378
1998 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C20D102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Voith D863.3 Ex-370-376, 378.
8409-8411,
8414, 8421,
8424-8425,
8428
1984 MAN SG-310 MAN D2566 MLUM Renk-Doromat 874B Ex-IndyGo same #'s; bought in 1994-1995.
9801-9804 1998 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G22D102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 40 Voith D863.3
9805-9806 1999 Dupont Champlain 1608 Trolley Replica.
9807 1996 Blue Bird CSRE 3700
  • Ex-CNG test bus; bought in 2000.
  • Converted to diesel in 2004.
9808 1998 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G22B102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 40 Allison B400R Ex-Gillig Demo; bought in 2000.
20379-20389 2000 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G18D102N4)
Cummins ISC Voith D864.3
20500-20506 2000 NFI D60 Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B500R
21390-21398 2001 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G18D102N4)
Cummins ISC Voith D864.3E
25426-25428 2005 Optima Opus Cummins ISB Allison
27446 2007 StarTrans Unknown model.
28447-28450 2008 StarTrans Trolley
  • Unknown model.
  • Trolley Replica.

Flex / On Call / Paratransit Fleet

Active

As of 2017.[3]

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
68 to 7511 2011 Ford/ElDorado National E-450/Aerotech Ford 6.8L Triton V10 6811 & 6911 are retired.
76 to 7712 2012 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102N2)
Cummins ISL9
1401-1410 2014 Freightliner/Champion M2/Defender
1601-1606 2016 Freightliner/Champion M2/Defender
1701-1706 2017 Freightliner/Champion M2/Defender
1801-1806 2018 Freightliner/Champion M2/Defender

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1-9 1988 Neoplan USA AN408A Detroit Diesel 8.2L Allison AT-545
10-16 1990 Gillig Spirit 28' Caterpillar 3208T Allison MTB-643
17-21 1986 Neoplan USA AN408A Detroit Diesel 8.2L Allison AT-545
22-26 1992 Chevrolet/National Squire
27 1995 Ford/Supreme E-450/?
28-33 1995 ElDorado National Transmark RE-29
35 to 4599 2000 ElDorado National Transmark RE-29 Cummins ISC Allison
4621 2001 Ford/Overland E-450/ELF
47 to 4922 2002 Ford/StarTrans E-450/?
50 to 5302 2002 Optima Opus Cummins ISB Allison
54 to 5605 2005 Optima Opus Cummins ISB Allison
57 to 5801 2001 Ford/StarTrans E-450/?
2007 Ford/StarTrans E-450/? (1 Unit)
2008 Ford/StarTrans E-450/? (4 Units)
64 to 6508 2008 Ford/StarTrans E-450/? Ford 6.0L Power Stroke V8 Diesel
66 to 6710 2010 Ford/ElDorado National E-450/Aerotech Ford 6.8L Triton V10 gasoline
78 to 8212 2012 Ford/ElDorado National E-450/Aerotech Ford 6.8L Triton V10
9809-9810 2001 Ford/StarTrans E-450/?
21399-21401 2002 Ford/Overland E-450/ELF
24423-24425 2004 Ford/StarTrans E-450
28451-28454 2008 Ford/StarTrans E-450/? Ford 6.0L Power Stroke V8 Unknown model.
294xx 2009 Ford/StarTrans E-450 Ford Triton V10 6.8L gasoline (6 Units)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 About DART, ridedart.com, retrieved 07-27-2014
  2. Bus Fares ridedart.com/fares, retrieved 07-27-2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Request for Proposal FY17-R-006 for Fareboxes and Automated Fare Collection System (pgs. 17-19), Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority. Retrieved on May 30, 2017.
  4. Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority Exercises Options For Fourteen 40-Foot Xcelsior Diesel Buses, New Flyer Industries. Dated June 3, 2016, retrieved on July 20, 2016.
  5. Iowa unveils first hybrid bus, metro-magazine.com, retrieved 2009-08-05
  6. www.facebook.com