the hub, a plug, kids on bikes — DART in the news

Riders:

DART was in the news a fair amount in the past week:

Todd Razor of the Des Moines Business Record reported today that Hubbell Realty Co. is looking to sell the Kaleidoscope building. One of the reasons given: DART’s plan to move its transit mall off Walnut Street to a new Transit Hub. An excerpt:

As the planned relocation of Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority’s transit mall from Walnut Street moves ahead, Hubbell is homing in on its vision to turn the Kaleidoscope into a full-blown retail outlet, which has been a goal of the West Des Moines-based developer since early 2009, when CitiMortgage and Principal Financial Group Inc. vacated approximately 36,000 square feet of office space on the ground level.

“I think that brings in some really exciting concepts, to strengthen downtown,” [broker Colleen] Johnson said, noting that Hubbell will continue to explore the option of recdeveloping the property as it seeks a buyer. “We can bring in new retail concepts,” she said, adding that Hubbell has studied emerging retail districts in Omaha, Kansas City and Louisville, Ky.

Click here for the full story.

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Dana Conn of DriveTimeDesMoines.com talked up DART during an interview Tuesday with Mike Banasiak of YP Live on DesMoinesAmplified.com. Asked about Des Moines’ short driving commutes, she noted that Des Moines was growing and that the need for alternative transportation will increase.

“We won’t have 19-minute commute times forever,” she said.

Here’s a link to the show: YP Live – 07/20/2010. Dana’s interview starts around minute 21 and last approximately 15 minutes.

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KCCI and The Des Moines Register were on hand last Friday as DART Route Supervisor Tess Davidson showed local teens how to secure their bikes on one of the bus racks on DART’s buses during a Teen Bike Camp at the Grubb YMCA. Here’s one of Register photographer Lisa Fernandez’s photos:

Click here for the Register’s full gallery of photos from the event. The KCCI piece aired on TV but is not available on its website.

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