Overview and Mission Statement
Local and state leaders created the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, or DART, out of the Des Moines Metropolitan Transit Authority, or MTA, in 2006. The move has enabled the agency to begin evolving into a more regional transit system.
DART is already the largest public transit agency in Iowa, serving 19 cities in and around Polk County to varying degrees. Those include Ankeny, Altoona, Alleman, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Elkhart, Granger, Grimes, Johnston, Mitchellville, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Runnells, Sheldahl, Urbandale, Windsor Heights, West Des Moines.
The agency is operated with the support of local property taxes and fare revenue. Residents are represented by a nine-member board of commissioners.
DART’s Mission Statement
The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) will be a leader in improving Central Iowa citizens’ quality of life by placing the customer first while providing safe, innovative, and efficient public transportation to the region.