DART has partnered with the City of Des Moines, Polk County and Prairie Meadows to help income eligible residents find and keep jobs through a program called Opportunities Thru Transit. Those who are eligible can ride the city bus at a reduced rate while traveling to a job, to look for work, or to an educational or training program.
Several factors determine eligibility for the program:
How Do I Apply?
Go to the community center closest to you and complete an application for the Opportunities Thru Transit program. Staff at the community centers will verify your income levels, so you should be prepared to present proof of your entire household income, including pay stubs and social security checks. DART staff will then review the applicants’ remaining eligibility requirements.
You will receive a letter saying whether you meet the criteria. If you do qualify, bring the letter with you to the community center where you applied. Present the letter and you will be able to buy monthly bus passes at the reduced rate. Cash only – no checks will be accepted.
The pass gives you unlimited use of DART’s buses during the month in which it was issued. To buy your pass for the next month, you must return to the community center where you originally applied. For accounting reasons, only that center can sell you the passes at a reduced rate.
What are the OTT Guidelines?
Bus passes are good on any DART regular route excluding special event service.
OTT Pass Distributors
6th Ave. Community Site Office
Central Iowa Center for Independent Living (CICIL)
Iowa Comprehensive Human Services
West Des Moines Human Service