DART offering free rides to warming centers

Temperatures in central Iowa are forecast to drop again this week, so DART is working with Polk County to offer free rides to and from warming centers on Thursday, Feb. 7 and Friday, Feb. 8.

To request a free ride, riders can board any DART Local, Express, Flex or On Call route and let the driver know they need a ride to, or from, a warming center. DART Paratransit riders are asked to call 2-1-1 to request a ride.

Winter Weather Tips

Because of the bitterly cold temperatures, DART recommends that riders use a resource to track their bus to limt the time they spend outside. There are several technology tools and resources for riders to use to track buses in real-time.

  • MyDART text: DART riders can receive real-time arrival data for their bus stops through our text message service. To receive estimated times for your stop, text DART and your stop ID number (Example: DART1234) to 515515. Bus stop numbers can be found on the stops, and on the MyDART Trip Planner.
  • MyDART Trip Planner: DART riders can plan trips and track real-time bus arrival times for their stops through the MyDART Trip Planner. This planner is available online, or through the MyDART mobile app, available for both Android and iOS devices.
  • DART Customer Service: You can reach DART Customer Service by calling 515-283-8100. Customer service phone lines are staffed on weekdays from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m., and on weekends between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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