Enhanced flexibility for social distancing | DART - Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority

Enhanced flexibility for social distancing

After May 3, 2021, DART will begin removing chains and signs blocking seats on all of its buses and inside the DART Central Station lobby to allow for more flexibility in social distancing. As COVID-19 vaccination rates increase, DART is updating some of the protocols put into place in response to the pandemic. While seats will no longer be blocked on buses, riders should continue social distancing at least six feet. Bus operators will continue to monitor how many riders are on board buses at one time to manage overcrowding. Face masks are still required by federal mandate on public transit vehicles and at transit facilities, including while outdoors at DART Central Station waiting for a bus. Masks should fit securely over the face and must be always worn over the mouth and nose. Disposable masks are available at the front of the bus for riders who do not have one.

Ongoing safety measures

Promoting social distancing and the federal mask requirement are just some of the many safety measures DART continues to take to promote the health and wellbeing of its employees and riders. Some other measures include:

  • The installation of temporary plastic barriers between the fareboxes and the operator’s seat on all buses;
  • providing hand sanitizer and face masks for riders on the bus;
  • daily cleaning and sanitizing of all DART vehicles and facilities with regular disinfecting of high-touch areas throughout the day;
  • providing PPE for all employees; and
  • requiring employees to complete wellbeing check before work each day, which includes a temperature check.

Learn more about DART’s COVID safety measures by clicking here. Riders with questions about DART’s ongoing safety protocols, including the change to remove blocked seats, can contact DART Customer Service by visiting the window at DART Central Station, calling 515-283-8100 or by emailing dart@ridedart.com.

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