- A 9 percent increase in ridership from 2013 to 2015;
- Opening of a new transfer station in downtown Des Moines with launch of a redesigned route network;
- Shorter wait times between trips;
- Service later on weekdays and earlier and later on weekends to better align with retail hours; and
- Additional or expanded routes to serve more places in the region.
DART Forward 2035 Year Five Update
DART began the process of updating the DART Forward 2035 plan in the fall of 2015. The plan needed to be updated because the Greater Des Moines community continues to grow rapidly, and technology and transportation are changing dramatically.
Year Five Update Objectives
- Engage riders and the general public throughout the entire process to ensure the updated service plan meets the needs and wants of the community.
- Determine how population and development patterns have changed since the original study and identify any unmet needs.
- Analyze ridership and service performance to determine how riders responded to the original DART Forward 2035 service changes and identify opportunities for improvement.
- Develop a transit service plan that is consistent with helping the Greater Des Moines region realize The Tomorrow Plan’s vision for being a livable and sustainable region.
Draft Plan Options
- DART funding study request to the Greater Des Moines Partnership: a letter from DART to the Greater Des Moines Partnership requested the Partnership to commission and pay for an independent study of funding options to advance public mobility in the region. The Transit Future Work Group, in collaboration with DART and The Greater Des Moines Partnership developed the 12-page report, the Greater Des Moines Transit Funding Study. The report was published in Nov. 2017 and provides a long-term investment strategy for the region's public transportation system. The Transit Future Work Group is managed by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and made up of business and community leaders.
- DART Governance Task Force and Facilitation Services: Formation of an independent task force on governance, which will have assistance from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, to evaluate DART's governance structure and provide governance recommendations to the DART Commission. The task force will be comprised of representatives from several DART member cities and other community partners. To learn more about the task force and to view a list of upcoming public meetings, click here.
DART staff will work with community partners to complete these items over the next several months to bring back to the Commission for review and further discussion regarding next steps related to selecting a transit plan for the future.