Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority

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Areas Served Des Moines, IA and surrounding region
Founded 2006
Fleet Size 141 (108 Fixed Route buses & 33 On Call/Paratransit buses)
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]

Routes

Maps & schedules

Local Routes

  • 1 - Fairgrounds
  • 3 - University
  • 4 - E 14th St.
  • 5 - Franklin Ave./Johnston (Available Monday to Friday only)
  • 6 - Indianola
  • 7 - SW 9th St.
  • 8 - Fleur Dr. (Available Monday to Friday only)
  • 10 - East University (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
  • 50 - Euclid/Douglas Crosstown (Available Monday to Friday only)
  • 52 - Jordan Creek
  • 60 - University/Ingersoll
  • 72 - West Des Moines Valley
  • 74 - NW Urbandale

Express Routes

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

  • 92 - Hickman Express
  • 93 - Northwest 86th Street Express
  • 94 - Westown Express
  • 95 - Vista Express
  • 96 - EP True Express
  • 98 - Ankeny Express
  • 99 - Altoona Express

Shuttles

Shuttle service is only available Monday to Friday.

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

Cities with On Call Service

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

Fares and Passes

Fares

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

Type Adult Half Fare Full Fare Token Half Fare Token Children 6-10 Children 5 and Under
Local Fares $1.75 $0.75 Token (10/$17.50) Token (10/$7.50) $0.75 Free
Express Fares $2.00 $0.75 Token (10/$17.50) + $0.25 Token (10/$7.50) $0.75 Free
On Call Fares $3.50 $0.75 2 Tokens (10/$17.50) Token (10/$7.50) $0.75 Free
Shuttle Fares Free

Unlimited Ride Passes

Type Price Half Fare Price
Weekly $16.00 $7.00
Monthly $48.00 $24.00
Monthly Express Plus $58.00 $29.00
Day Pass $4.00

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 Roster

Active

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1001-1020 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1009-a.jpg 2010 OBI-DBNA Orion VII NG
(07.501)
Cummins ISL
1021-1022 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1021-c.jpg 2011 Orion Orion VII EPA10
(07.501)
Cummins ISL9
1023-1027 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1027-a.jpg 2012 Orion Orion VII EPA10
(07.501)
Cummins ISL9 Allison
1028 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1028-a.jpg 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 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1032-a.jpg 2013 NFI XDE35 Cummins ISL9 Allison H 40 EP
hybrid system
1033-1034 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1033-b.jpg 2013 NFI XDE40 Cummins ISL9 Allison H 40 EP
hybrid system
2012 models.
1411-1416 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1414-a.jpg 2014 NFI XD40 Cummins ISL9 Allison
1607-1633 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1633-a.jpg 2016 NFI XD40 Cummins ISL9 Allison Option order.[3]
1807-1810 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1809-b.jpg 2018 NFI XD35 Cummins L9 Allison
1811-1813 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1812-a.jpg 2018 NFI XD40 Cummins L9 Allison
2001-2007 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 2003-a.jpg 2020 Proterra Catalyst BE40 All buses in this series have been sidelined as of October 2022.[4]
2008-2012 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 2012-a.jpg 2020 Gillig Low Floor Plus 29' (G27E102R2) Cummins L9
2013-2017 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 2014-a.jpg 2021 NFI XD40 Cummins L9 Allison B400R6
2101-2105 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 2103-a.jpg 2021 Gillig Low Floor Plus 29' (G27E102R2) Cummins L9 Allison B400R
2106-2115 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 2112-a.jpg 2021 NFI XD40 Cummins L9 Allison B400R6 2022 models.
2301-2304 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 2303-a.jpg 2023 Gillig Low Floor Plus 29' (G27E102R2) Cummins L9 Allison
7612, 7712 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 7712-b.jpg 2012 Gillig Low Floor 29' (G27E102R2) Cummins ISL9
28459-28460 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 28460-b.jpg 2008 OBI-DBNA Orion VII NG
(07.501)
Cummins ISL

[5]

On Order

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
(4 buses) 2020s Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Order of four 40-foot transit buses awarded to Gillig.

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
Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 192-a.jpg 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 6V92TA Voith D863.2 View the series page for detailed disposition info.
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.
1501-1506 2000 NFI D60LF Cummins ISL Allison B500R
1741-1745 1970 GMC T6H-5306A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
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
9801-9804 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 9804-a.jpg 1998 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G22D102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 40 Voith D863.3
  • Used for the LINK shuttle.
  • Retired by 2010.
9805-9806 1999 Dupont Champlain 1608
  • Trolley Replica.
  • Used for the LINK shuttle.
  • Retired by 2010.
9807 1996 Blue Bird CSRE 3700
  • Ex-CNG test bus; bought in 2000.
  • Converted to diesel in 2004.
  • Used for the LINK shuttle.
  • Retired by 2010.
9808 1998 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G22B102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 40 Allison B400R
  • Ex-Gillig Demo; bought in 2000.
  • Used for the LINK shuttle.
  • Retired by 2010.
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
22402-22415 2002 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E
23416-23422 2003 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E Last active units retired in 2021.
25426-25428 2005 Optima Opus Cummins ISB Allison
26429-26440 2006 OBI Orion VII
(07.501)
Cummins ISL
26441-26445 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 26442-a.jpg 2006 OBI Orion VII
(07.501)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E Last active unit 26442 retired in January 2023.
27446 2007 StarTrans Unknown model.
28447-28450 2008 StarTrans Trolley
  • Unknown model.
  • Trolley Replica.
28455-28458, 28461 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 28457-a.jpg 2008 OBI-DBNA Orion VII NG
(07.501)
Cummins ISL
29462 2009 OBI-DBNA Orion VII NG HEV
(07.501)
Cummins ISB 260 hp

Flex/On Call/Paratransit Roster

Active

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1401-1410 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1401-a.jpg 2014 Freightliner
Champion
M2
Defender
Cummins ISB6.7
1601-1606 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1605-a.jpg 2016 Freightliner
Champion
M2
Defender
Cummins ISB6.7
1701-1706 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1703-a.jpg
Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1706-a.jpg
2017 Freightliner
Champion
M2
Defender
Cummins ISB6.7
1801-1806 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1801-a.jpg
Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1804-a.jpg
2018 Freightliner
Champion
M2
Defender
Cummins B6.7
1901-1906 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1902-a.jpg 2019 Freightliner
Champion
M2
Defender
Cummins B6.7
2305-2311 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 2305-a.jpg 2023 Ram
New England Wheels
ProMaster
Frontrunner
LFXLT

[5]

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1-9 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 1 & 5-a.jpg 1988 Neoplan USA AN408A Detroit Diesel 8.2L Allison AT-545
  • Retired circa 2001.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
10-16 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 16-a.jpg 1990 Gillig Spirit 28' Caterpillar 3208T Allison MTB-643
17-18 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 17-a.jpg 1985 Neoplan USA AN408A Detroit Diesel 8.2L Allison AT-545
  • 1986 models.
  • Retired circa 2001.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
19-21 1986 Neoplan USA AN408A Detroit Diesel 8.2L Allison AT-545
  • Retired circa 2001.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
22-26 Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 23 & 24-a.jpg 1992 Chevrolet/National Squire
27 1995 Ford/Supreme E-450/?
28-33 1996 ElDorado National Transmark RE-29 1995 models.
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/?
59 to 6207 2007 Ford/StarTrans E-450/?
6307 2008 Ford/StarTrans E-450/? 2007 model.
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
68 to 7511 2011 Ford/ElDorado National E-450/Aerotech Ford 6.8L V10
78 to 8212 2012 Ford/ElDorado National E-450/Aerotech Ford 6.8L V10
9809-9810 2001 Ford/StarTrans E-450/?
21399-21401 2002 Ford/Overland E-450/ELF
24423-24425 2004 Ford/StarTrans E-450
27446 2007 Ford/StarTrans E-450/?
28451-28454 2008 Ford/StarTrans E-450/? Ford 6.0L Power Stroke V8 Unknown model.
29463-29468 2009 Ford/StarTrans E-450 Ford Triton V10 6.8L gasoline

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 About DART, ridedart.com, retrieved 07-27-2014
  2. Bus Fares ridedart.com/fares, retrieved 09-27-2023
  3. 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.
  4. https://www.kcci.com/article/electric-dart-buses-des-moines-iowa/42194278
  5. 5.0 5.1 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.