The DART Forward 2035 Transit Services Plan was adopted by the DART Commission on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011.
The historic vote -- establishing a blueprint for building a truly regional transit system in Greater Des Moines -- followed a year-long planning effort. This effort involved in-depth study of population and employment trends, ridership patterns, the transit market, and an extensive public outreach effort that included more than 15 public meetings, more than 1,200 survey responses, and more than 360 public comments.
The plan calls for the service changes to begin being implemented in 2012, starting in February with some no-cost changes. The larger, more significant changes -- including the restructing of routes and the discontinuation of unproductive route segments -- would take place sometime after the start of the next fiscal year on July 1, 2012.
The service changes will be implemented in phases. The basic route structure will be changed in the first year, including route reallignments and the addition of several new services. In subsequent years, frequency will be increased on routes and crosstown routes added. (More details are available in Transit Service Plan)