Hillary Clinton tours DART Central Station

Hillary Clinton toured DART Central Station on Monday, July 27, 2015, followed by comments to the press. DART General Manager Elizabeth Presutti led the tour, which highlighted the building’s environmentally sustainable construction and operations.

DART Central Station has been certified LEED Platinum, the highest certification of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Rating System of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The building achieved this certification through sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

For more photos, visit DART’s Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1LPIiJj.

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Hillary Clinton speaks with DART General Manager Elizabeth Presutti.

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DART Building Supervisor Keith Welch shows Hillary Clinton the geothermal wells that help with the heating and cooling of DART Central Station.

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Members of the DART Commission Board meet with Hillary Clinton during her tour of DART Central Station.

Media from across the county filled the bicycle storage room at DART Central Station to hear Hillary Clinton speak.

Media from across the county filled the bicycle storage room at DART Central Station to hear Hillary Clinton speak.

Bike & Ride Twitter Photo Contest

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Entering the contest is easy:

  1. Tweet a photo of your Bike & Ride May 12–31, 2014, and include the hashtag #mydartride.
  2. Follow @ridedart.
  3. Cross your fingers!

You may enter as many times as you would like during the sweepstakes period. Winners will be selected at random and notified via Twitter direct message.

Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

  • 1-year secure bike storage at DART Central Station
  • June Express Plus bus pass
  • DART swag

Runner Ups (2)

  • June Express Plus bus pass
  • DART swag

For complete contest rules, please click here.

Bike to Work Week

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May is National Bike Month, and DART is celebrating with Bike to Work Week. Board with a bike May 12-16, 2014, and you’ll ride free.

Bike racks are available on all DART buses. Riders are responsible for loading, securing and removing their bikes from the racks.

Putting Bikes on the Bus Rack

  • Ensure the bus is completely stopped before stepping in front of the bus.
  • If the rack is in the upright position, squeeze the release handle on the top and lower the rack.
  • Lift your bike into the wheel slots. If there is already a bike on the rack, load yours in the opposite direction in the remaining slot.
  • When your bike is loaded, lift the support arm up and over the front bike tire as close to the bike frame as possible.

Removing Bikes from the Bus Rack

  • Exit the bus through the front door, letting the operator know you will be unloading your bike.
  • Lift the support arm from the bike’s front tire and take it out of the rack.
  • If the rack is empty, raise the rack up against the bus.

For complete instructions on how to load and unload your bike, click here.

For more information about DART services or this promotion, please call Customer Service at 515-283-8100 or email dart@ridedart.com.

Take DART to the Drake Relays

Drake Relays are returning to Des Moines April 23-27. Beat the parking and take DART to events in and around Des Moines.

The Drake Campus is conveniently serviced by Route 3 – University Avenue, and Route 60 – University/Ingersoll Loop with regular and all-day service along University Avenue. For directions and schedules, use the MyDART Trip Planner to plan your weekend fun.

A reminder to Drake University students and employees, rides on DART bus routes are free when you show your current student ID to the bus operator when boarding. A regular cash fare is $1.75 per trip.

Enjoy the Relays!

In a Van, I Can…

Count the cattle.

Eat a breakfast sandwich with both hands.

And save 25% off three month’s fare.

Individuals who join a DART RideShare vanpool in April or May 2014 will receive a 25 percent discount on the first three month’s fare.

RideShare connects commuters who live and work near each other so they can share rides. Vanpoolers save money, use commute times more productively and reduce their carbon footprint. RideShare provides the van, gas and maintenance; you enjoy the ride.rideshare coupon

To join a vanpool, redeem a trial ride coupon or learn more, contact DART RideShare Customer Service today by phone at 515-288-RIDE (7433) or email at rideshare@ridedart.com.

Call Center Challenge

DART’s own Peg Hadley represented Greater Des Moines, Iowa, at the national Call Center Challenge in New Orleans in February. Peg Hadley did DART proud as a runner-up in the national finals.Hadley at Call Center Challenge

In the contest, actors pretend to be challenging transit customers who call in to the “Call Center” for help. The contestants answer the fictitious calls and are judge on how well they handle the caller. Hadley was one of only seven competitors to pass out of the first round of 60 people. As a result, she was invited to compete in the finals during the American Public Transportation Association Marketing and Communications Conference in New Orleans. “Her ability to relate to our customers is amazing,” Customer Service Manager PJ Sass said. “She’s always pleasant and positive working with our callers. She is a tremendous asset to DART and the Customer Service Department.”

It was the first time DART was represented at the national contest, and Hadley turned in a stellar performance for her first national showing. The contest winner had competed in previous years.

Please join the discussion: Future of Greater Des Moines transit is being decided now

Dear Readers,

Now is a great time to be a transit advocate in Greater Des Moines.

Starting next week, the public is being asked to help DART and a team of nationally recognized transit planning consultants develop a long-range regional transit plan called DART Forward 2035. When complete later this year, the plan will serve as a guide for the DART Commission on near- and long-term investments in public transit in Greater Des Moines over the next 25 years.

We hope you join the discussion. We will be holding four public meetings in the first week of April to gather public input. Basically, we’re asking what you think the transit system of the future should look like.

  • Des Moines Central Library, 1000 Grand Avenue
    • 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 5• 5:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 6
  • Urbandale Public Library, 3520 86th Street
    • 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 5
  • Ankeny City Hall, 410 West First Street
    • 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7

In addition, we would encourage you to also fill out a survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/DARTforward.

The information gathered from these meetings and the survey will be used to develop specific recommendations for updating DART’s transit system. Those recommendations will be complete by this summer, and a second round of public meetings will follow for the public to give feedback.

More information about the planning study is available online at www.ridedart.com/dart‐forward‐2035.cfm.