The DART Forward 2035 Transit Services Plan was adopted by unanimous vote by the DART Commission on Tuesday, September 27, 2011.
The historic vote -- establishing a blueprint for building a truly regional transit system in Greater Des Moines -- followed a year-long planning effort. This planning effort involved in-depth study of population and employment trends, ridership patterns, the transit market, and an extensive public outreach effort that included 13 public meetings, more than 1,200 survey responses, and more than 350 public comments. Click here for details about the planning process.
The plan was developed by DART planning staff, with the help of national transit consulting firm Transportation Management & Design. The plan calls for the service changes to begin being implemented in 2012, starting in February with no-cost changes. The larger, more significant changes -- including the restructuring of routes and the discontinuation of unproductive route segments -- would take place sometime after the start of the next fiscal year on July 1, 2012.
The service changes will be implemented in phases. The basic route structure will be changed in the first year, including route reallignments and the addition of several new routes. In subsequent years, frequency will be increased on routes and crosstown routes added. (More details are available in the maps and the Transit Service Plan; see links above.)