As an Unlimited Access partner, Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) contracts with DART to offer free rides to DMPS employees and middle and high school students. DART's school tripper routes are available here.
DMPS staff benefits
DMPS employees can ride any DART route free anytime by showing the driver their staff ID when boarding a DART bus. Staff must present their physical ID to qualify for these free rides.
DMPS student benefits
DART and DMPS partner to offer rides to middle and high school students as a way to meet their transportation needs.
Students assigned to DART for school transportation
DMPS officials assign which students ride DART for their school transportation. These students can ride their assigned DART route free to and from school by scanning their student ID on the farebox when they board a DART bus. Copies of DART's school tripper routes are available here.
Students can find out if their school assigned them to DART for transportation by speaking with the administrators at their school. Please note that students need to scan their physical ID, and cannot scan an image of their ID on their phone or other device. Students who have lost or misplaced their ID should speak to administrators at their school to get a replacement ID.
Students not assigned to DART for school transportation
Students not assigned to DART for school transportation can still ride any DART route to/from school by paying half fare when boarding the bus.
Unlimited Access for all students when school is not is session
All students can:
- ride any DART route free on school days after 4:30 p.m.,
- ride any DART route free all day on weekends and any day when school is not in session.
In prior years, DMPS middle and high school students rode DART free after 4 p.m. DART and DMPS changed this time to 4:30 p.m. for the 2019/2020 school year. This change allows DART to complete school trips before Unlimited Access service begins. This will reduce the number of buses at, or over, capacity while still ensuring students participating in after school activities have a way to get home.
Students must scan their current DMPS ID on the farebox when they board the bus to ride free. DART will continue to accept 2018/2019 school IDs through the end of September 2019 to ensure all students have the opportunity to get their 2019/2020 ID. Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, 2018/2019 IDs will no longer be accepted. Please note that students need to scan their physical ID, and cannot scan an image of their ID on their phone or other device.
Students or parents with questions about whether or not a student qualifies for school transportation should contact their school administration.
If you have questions about DART’s services, please contact DART Customer Service by calling 515-283-8100.