study: depot near transit hub should reopen for passenger rail


The Rock Island Lines depot, near DART’s future Transit Hub in downtown Des Moines, would be restored as the city’s station for passenger rail between Chicago and Omaha if the recommendations of a new report come to fruition.

The study by the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization was reported this morning by The Des Moines Register. Click here for the full article.

Downtown Community Alliance President Glenn Lyons told the newspaper: “When you think about it, it’s an obvious conclusion.”

The study is reaffirming for DART officials, who believe the historic depot’s proximity to the future Transit Hub would benefit the customers of both DART and Amtrak. The depot is approximately one block east and one block south of the Transit Hub site south of Cherry between 6th Avenue and 7th Street.

By centralizing public transit and passenger rail in one area, the city would effectively create a “transportation campus.” As mentioned in previous posts, the campus would also include a kiosk at the Transit Hub for new B-cycle bike-sharing program.