Bus Stops now display on Google Maps

DART bus stops now display on Google Maps. This addition allows users to see locations of bus stops as well as get route information including what bus routes serve the stop and when the next bus is scheduled to arrive. A similar feature is also available on Bing Maps and the MyDART Trip Planner.

To view route and schedule information using Google Maps, simply click on the bus stop icon on the map.

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In the upper left, the transit card will display with the trip information along with a street view image. The transit card will tell you which bus routes stop at that stop, where the bus is headed, and the next scheduled times the bus will arrive.

This information is also available on the Google Maps app for mobile devices. Select a bus stop on the map and you will be able to pull up the bus schedules for that stop.

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Do you use your mobile device to find bus schedules? What ways do you like to check to see when the bus is scheduled to arrive? Let us know by commenting on the post.

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Smarter Bus Schedules on your Smartphone

Your smart phone can give you smarter DART route schedules. The MyDART Trip Planner BETA not only provides you all the bus schedules – you can customize them based on your travel patterns. You can access any route schedule for the day you choose, whether it be a weekday, Saturday, Sunday or special service day. Customize the schedule to only show the bus stops you are interested in or narrow the time of day.

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1) Go to mydart.ridedart.com in your browser. 2) On your smartphone device, click on the DART logo on the upper left corner to navigate to all the MyDART mobile features which includes Trip Planner, Route Schedules, Next DART Bus and Bus Stop Finder. 3) Click on the “Route Schedules” link to get to the page.

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4) To use the Route Schedules feature, simply select the date you wish to travel and route you are want the schedule for. 5) Then hit the purple button at the bottom that says “View Route Schedule.” The date will automatically open with the current day so you can easily use it when you need it. You can adjust the date if you are looking for future trips.

You have many options for viewing the schedule, including a certain span of time, the schedule between two bus stops, and maps of the route and desired bus stops.

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Looking for easy access to the Route Schedules feature? Bookmark the page to your home screen or in your browser. Check out these directions on how to bookmark pages on your smartphone:

More information about the MyDART Trip Planner, including a full user guide, is available on the DART Website. Click here to visit for more information.

How do you keep track of bus schedules? Do you download the pdf schedules, use the DART website, use printed brochures and the MyDART Book, or do you use the mobile trip planner features? Let us know!

Find Next DART Bus Arrivals on your Smartphone

Did you know the MyDART mobile site does more than just plan trips? One feature, Next DART Bus, lists the next scheduled bus arrivals at your bus stop.

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1) Go to mydart.ridedart.com in your mobile browser. 2) Click on the DART logo on the upper left corner to navigate to all the MyDART mobile features which includes Trip Planner, Route Schedules, Next DART Bus, and Bus Stop Finder. 3) Click on the “Next DART Bus” link to get to the page.

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Next Bus Mobile

4) To use the Next DART Bus feature, simply type in the Bus Stop ID and 5) hit the purple button at the bottom that says “Next DART Bus.” The time and date will automatically open with the current time so you can easily use it when you arrive at your stop. You can adjust the time if you are looking for future trips. Not sure what your bus stop ID is? The stop ID is posted underneath the DART Bus Stop sign and is a three- or four-digit number.

Next DART Bus approximates the time the bus is scheduled to arrive based on its distance from the last timepoint. These are approximate times; actual arrival times may vary depending on traffic and weather. In the future, real-time bus arrival information will be available.

Looking for easy access to Next DART Bus? Bookmark the page to your home screen or in your browser. Check out these directions on how to bookmark pages on your smartphone:

More information about the MyDART Trip Planner, including a full user guide, is available on the DART Website. Click here to visit for more information.

Did you know there were other features than just the Trip Planner on the MyDART site? Have your tried Next DART Bus? Let us know!

Bus Stop IDs, Explained

By now you’ve probably noticed the orange Bus Stop ID signs on DART bus stops – and wondered, “What are these?”ID number

The three- and four-digit numbers on the Bus Stop IDs, found below the DART bus stop sign, are the unique numbers assigned to every bus stop in the bus system. This number has numerous uses for riders, especially now that the MyDART Trip Planner BETA has launched.

You can use them to make sure you’re at the right stop. You also use this number to find out when the next bus is scheduled to arrive, find out if there are any alerts affecting your bus stop, or plan a trip from or to that bus stop. This ID number is referenced throughout DART and can even be used when calling a DART Customer Service representative for schedule information or reporting bus stop issues to DART staff.

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You will find Bus Stop ID numbers throughout the trip planning products. For example, when you click on a bus stop, the MyDART Trip Planner will include the Bus Stop ID number. The bus stop ID Number is presented at the top of the information box. In this example, the bus stop at University Avenue & Cummins Parkway in Des Moines is #2615. 

The Google Maps trip planner also uses the bus stop ID when giving directions. In this example the bus stop ID is #2248 at Indianola Road & SE 14th Street in Des Moines.

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You can verify that you are at the right bus stop when you arrive by looking for this number at the bus stop. The bus stop ID on the sign should match the trip planner directions.

Alerts Added to MyDART Trip Planner BETA

The MyDART Trip Planner BETA now displays service alerts that are on your selected route, trip, or bus stop. This feature will notify you if a bus stop might be closed due to construction, if your route may be running a detour route during the weekend, or if there are other announcements that may affect your trip.

MyDART Trip Planner BETA now shows service alerts that affect your trip.

MyDART Trip Planner BETA now shows service alerts that affect your trip.

These announcements are developed for upcoming service alerts and may not reflect current conditions such as late buses and emergency detours.

How Do You Plan Trips Online?

DART, this fall, introduced three ways to plan transit trips by computer or smartphone – MyDART Trip Planner, Google Maps and Bing MapsAll tools utilize the same data, giving riders multiple ways to access DART schedule information.

Have you had a chance to try out these Trip Planners? Which one do you use most?