DART Looks into Rail-Like Service

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- DART plans on transforming one of its fastest growing routes into a Bus Rapid Transit Route, also known as a BRT. A BRT is more of a rail-like service where buses will have multiple stations along its routes. The BRT will also feature real-time departure signs.

DART’s first BRT line will be on Route 60 which is the University/Ingersoll loop. It will have 45 small stations, which will cost $25 million. Officials are applying for a federal grant to cover 80% of the cost. If all goes as planned officials say Route 60 could be turned into a BRT in the next five years. But first DART needs your feedback.

DART is holding three public meetings Monday asking for feedback on the locations for the stations as well as what the stations should look like. DART has three sample models for people to choose from.

Monday’s Meetings:

  • Noon to 1 p.m. – DART Central Station (Multimodal Room), 620 Cherry St., Des Moines
  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Drake University (Olmsted Center, Room 313), 2507 University Ave., Des Moines
  • 5 to 6 p.m. – Plymouth Church (Room 306), 4126 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

If you cannot make it to Monday’s meetings you can fill out a survey online on DART’s website. Surveys can also be requested over the phone by calling 515-283-8100.

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