Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, Iowa
The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority—better known as DART—serves the Greater Des Moines area, an urban metropolis with a combination of bus lines, shuttles, paratransit vehicles, and a rideshare program.
DART has played a central role in revitalizing the city’s core. In 2012, DART opened a new Central Station, attracting development and new investments to the region. This state-of-the-art facility replaced an aging mall and enablied a prime corridor—Walnut Street—to be redeveloped into a retail district.
This public transit system is critical in connecting Iowans with job opportunities, access to entertainment, and making the region stronger.
Case Study: Dee Zee Manufacturing
Recently, auto accessories manufacture Dee Zee Manufacturing partnered with DART to support a bus line extension that will bring employees right to the company’s main plant. The partnership is expected to help Dee Zee hire and retain employees.
The strength of the DART system is also creating other unconventional development opportunities. For example, Des Moines has reimagined how to repurpose unused parking spaces while supporting public transit. Now Des Moines is considering transforming unused parking structures into mixed-use developments. One old parking structure was recently demolished to make space for the city’s largest project in decades—a high-rise with offices, a movie theater, a boutique hotel, and apartments.
The Power of Small Public Transit Systems
As DART and The Rapid demonstrate, public transit and its benefits are not limited to large cities. Communities of every size benefit from public transportation. Stay tuned to learn more about public transit systems in cities across the nation.