Transit Riders Advisory Committee

The Transit Riders Advisory Committee, or TRAC, is a group of 11 riders who advise DART staff and the DART Commission. The aim of the committee is to give riders a larger voice in shaping DART’s operations. Members provide feedback to staff and the Commission, make suggestions to improve service, and increase the communication between riders and staff and the Commission.

The members are appointed by the Commissioners and DART staff and the committee has representation from three Local Route riders, two Express Route riders, one RideShare rider, two Paratransit riders and three At-Large riders representing key constituencies such as refugees, senior citizens, students or low-income individuals. DART staff will solicit applications to the committee when openings become available.

DART staff promotes openings on the committee and will communicate with riders to promote applications when openings become available. Appointments to TRAC typically happen near the beginning of the year. Committee members serve a term of two-years once appointed. Riders can apply any time throughout the year, as there are times where DART will need to fill appointments as terms end or people leave the committee.

Click here to apply for TRAC

To apply to serve on TRAC, click here. Paper applications can also be picked up and dropped off with DART Customer Service at the window in the lobby of DART Central Station (620 Cherry Street, Des Moines).

Committee Members

Fixed Routes

Members: David Cambell, Jeremy Guenther (Vice Chair), MaryAnn Ryan, Matthew Shankles, Kaylynn Strain

Mobility Services

Members: Justin Bates, James Hanold, Leola Jasinski

At Large

Members: Laurie Jones, Todd Kilzer, Brandon Paulson (Chair)


Committee Meetings

The meetings are open to the public and held at DART Central Station, (620 Cherry St., Des Moines) on the 2nd floor, Multimodal Room with a hybrid (Zoom) option available. Meetings are scheduled on last Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise noted. The 2024 meetings are scheduled for most months on Wednesdays at noon.

  • January 31, 2024
  • February 28, 2024
  • March 27, 2024
  • May 1, 2024*
  • May 29, 2024
  • June 26, 2024
  • July 31, 2024
  • August 28, 2024
  • September 25, 2025
  • October 30, 2024
  • November 20, 2024*
  • December 18, 2024*

*Meetings adjusted to avoid conflicts with holidays or other events. 

Contacting Committee Members

For more information about TRAC or to contact TRAC members, please contact DART Mobility Coordinator Catlin Curry at 515-246-2526 or

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