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DART's services

Family of Services

DART operates a family of transportation services in the Greater Des Moines region that connect people to jobs, medical appointments, shopping, entertainment and more. DART maintains a fleet of more than 260 vehicles to provide four different services: Fixed Route bus service, RideShare vanpools, Paratransit and Flex/On-Call. Learn more about DART services below, plan your trip using the MyDART trip planner or learn more about how to ride DART

DART's Family of services include 114 Fixed Route buses, 112 RideShare vans, 23 Paratransit buses and 14 Flex and On-Call buses.

Inside look at a DART bus full of riders.Fixed Route Service

Local Routes

DART operates 17 Local Routes operating throughout the day up to seven days a week.

DART Local Routes serve: Altoona, Beaverdale, Des Moines, Drake, Pleasant Hill, Valley Junction, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights.

Express Routes

DART operates seven Express Routes on weekdays during morning and evening commute times. These use the freeway to travel between the suburbs and downtown Des Moines, with limited stops providing quick, direct service.

DART Express Routes serve: Altoona, Ankeny, Clive, downtown Des Moines, Johnston, Urbandale and West Des Moines.

D-Line bus driving in Downtown Des Moines.Shuttle Routes

DART operates three shuttles, one which serves the Deer Ridge Apartment Complex and surrounding area, and two free shuttles which operate in Downtown Des Moines, the Link and the D-Line.

Flex Routes

DART operates three Flex Routes. These routes operate on a fixed route, and riders have the ability to also be picked up and dropped off up to 1 mile off the route for an additional fee.

DART Flex Routes serve: Clive, Urbandale, Valley Junction, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights.

On Call

DART bus operator helps a man with a cane exit a Paratransit bus. DART operates On Call service, which will pick passengers up at their door and take them to destinations within a specified zone. Riders must call in advance to schedule a trip.

DART On Call serves: Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Des Moines, Grimes, Johnston and West Des Moines.


DART Paratransit is a door-to-door and wheelchair accessible service available for senior citizens and persons with disabilities who are functionally unable to independently use DART’s Fixed Route bus service.

Individuals who want to use Paratransit must fill out an application. Paratransit riders must call ahead to reserve their trip.


DART RideShare serves an 18-county region, helping commuters locate others with like travel patterns to share rides in vanpools.

DART’s vanpools are used by groups of five to 12 commuters for trips to and from work.



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