Ride DART Routes 51 and 91 for Free in April


Individuals can take an unlimited number of free rides April 1-30 on both DART Local Route 51 – Merle Hay Crosstown and Express Route 91 – Merle Hay.

The month-long promotion aims to introduce residents to the expanding services available along the Merle Hay corridor. Local Route 51 was introduced in August as part of DART Forward 2035 Transit Service Plan and more directly connects Merle Hay Mall with downtown Des Moines. Both Local Route 51 and Express Route 91 connect major destinations along the Merle Hay Road, including employment opportunities, retail stores, restaurants, medical facilities, school campuses and DART Central Station.


Local Route 51 operates between Merle Hay Mall and DART Central Station (620 Cherry St., Des Moines), including destinations along Merle Hay Road. Buses depart from stops every 30 to 60 minutes on weekdays from approximately 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Express Route 91 operates between Johnston City Hall Park & Ride and downtown Des Moines. Buses depart from stops every 30 minutes on weekdays from approximately 6 to 8:15 a.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m.