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.

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May is Bike Month

This month is Bike Month in Des Moines and DART is a cyclist’s friend.

All DART buses are equipped with bike racks, making it convenient for you to bike & ride around the city. In 2013, DART carried 52,418 bicycles, which shows that taking the bus is the perfect way to get to your bicycling destination, or your relaxing way back after a great ride.

DART Central Station is Downtown Des Moines’ premier intermodal facility with public bike racks available along the north sidewalk of the station fronting 6th Avenue. Also, at the corner of 6th Avenue & Cherry Street is the DART Central Station B-Cycle Station, the bike-sharing system in Downtown Des Moines.

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If you’re looking for a way to store your bike out of the elements, reserve a spot in the bike storage room at DART Central Station. Members have card access to secure bicycle storage and changing rooms. Become a member for $50 a year with a one-time refundable $50 deposit for the access card. The bike storage facility is accessible Monday – Friday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Crews prepare for demolition of old building on site of new DART Central Station

Good afternoon, readers.

If you’re like me you’ve been dying to see some action on the site of the new DART Central Station, the new transit center that will replace the Walnut Street Transit Mall. Unfortunately for onlookers, most of the work to date has been behind the scenes, including the environmental abatement of lead paint and asbestos in the old building.

Last week, crews with the Weitz Company began securing the site with fencing so that demolition can begin later this month. Your editor had the opportunity to stop by the site this week and snap a few pictures. Nothing dramatic, just evidence that work is in fact getting underway. There will be plenty more updates in the future so check back here. As of this date, the project remains on track to be complete in fall 2012.