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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Ride for a Reason: RideShare now offer bike racks!

No time for the gym? Want to save even more money on gas? Ride your bike to and from your pick up location or pump those pedals during your lunch break!

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DART RideShare will provide free installation of a bike rack at the request of riders in a vanpool. Racks are fitted to the rear of the vehicles and hold up to two bicycles.

To request a bike rack on your van, please call RideShare Customer Service at 515-288-RIDE (7433) or email rideshare@ridedart.com.

Commuting by Bike: 7 Steps to Get Started

When you bike to work, you save money, get your daily exercise and avoid traffic congestion. And with a growing trail network, bike-friendly streets and bike racks on DART buses, it’s easier than ever to bike to work in Greater Des Moines.

Commuting by Bike: 7 Steps to Get Started

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Amber Lewis bikes to work nearly every day – even through the winter months.

1. The obvious: buy a bike. Or repair the one you have. You don’t need an expensive or new bike—just one that works. Amber Lewis, who lives in the Beaverdale area, has been biking to work in Downtown Des Moines since March 2013.

“Biking to work seemed like a fun challenge,” said Lewis. “I had an old bike that I had bought for $50, with a seat post that was broken and stuck in a position that was way too low for me.” Lewis commutes three miles each way; biking during the winter on most days.

2. Buy the safety gear. A helmet and reflective gear are necessary for a safe ride to work or any destination on your bike.

Need a bike or the safety gear? Visit one of these local bikes shops: http://dsmbikecollective.org/resources/area-bike-shops/  

3. Learn the hand signals. Lewis says you have to stay alert and aware of your surroundings when biking on the streets. She tries to be predictable and cautious during her commute by signaling well for drivers.

4. Have a back-up plan and prepare for the weather. Check the forecast the night before and know your options for alternative modes of transportation in the event of an emergency. “Figure out if there is a bus route near you that could help if you happen to get stuck somewhere for any reason,” said Lewis. DART has bike racks on all Local, Express and On Call routes, making it easy to bike and ride.

5. Practice your route and routine. Todd Slaymaker, of the Drake neighborhood, bikes 12 miles each way to work in West Des Moines. He rides on both bike paths and residential streets during his commute. “My rule of thumb is not to ride on four-lane roads,” said Slaymaker.

Google maps allows you to view bike paths in the Des Moines area and map out when you’ll need to ride on the street or use DART to get to your destination. Ride your route on the weekend and figure out how much time you need to allow for biking and to get ready each morning and afternoon.

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DART Local, Express and On Call buses are equipped with bike racks, making it easy to use public transit as an extension of your commute by bike.

6. Learn minor bike repairs and maintenance. This includes fixing a flat, basic chain care and knowing when it’s time to visit the repair shop.

7. Ask your employer about resources. Chances are, your employer has incentives like bike parking, showers or changing rooms and flex-time schedules for bicyclists. Slaymaker says his employer offers covered bike storage, showers and changing rooms, which he utilizes every day he bikes to work.

If you work in the downtown area, DART Central Station has secure, climate controlled bike storage and changing rooms available for a $50 annual fee plus a $50 deposit.

Bike to Work Week is May 11 – 15, 2015. Board DART with a bike and ride FREE! For more information about DART resources for bicyclists, visit ridedart.com.

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In a Van, I Can…

Catch up on work. Take a nap. Soak up the scenery. 

And save 25% on three month’s fare. 

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New riders who join a DART RideShare vanpool by May 31, 2015 will receive a 25 percent discount on the first three month’s fare.

“The RideShare program has been a perfect solution for long-distance commuting. It’s economical and the vans are well-maintained as rider safety is a top priority.”

–  Cindy, RideShare vanpool from West Des Moines to Grinnell

RideShare connects commuters who live and work near each other so they can  share rides. Vanpoolers save money, use commute times more productively and reduce their carbon footprint. RideShare provides the van, gas and maintenance; you enjoy the ride.

To join a vanpool or learn more about saving 25% on three month’s fare, contact DART RideShare Customer Service today by phone at 515-288-RIDE (7433) or email rideshare@ridedart.com.

Thank you, Greater Des Moines! For showing your support for our roads, bridges and public transportation!

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On April 9, 2015, Stand Up for Transportation Day, a powerful message was sent to Congress:
It is time for a long-term investment in our roads, bridges and public transportation!

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Hundreds of people signed the DART bus in support of transportation.

More than 150 events were held across the country to advocate for sustainable and reliable federal transportation funding before current funding expires on May 31, 2015.

Panel Discussion
In Des Moines, we hosted a panel discussion with guest speaker Congressman David Young who gave a brief talk and answered questions on federal transportation issues. Young serves on the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development.

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Congressman David Young speaks on federal transportation issues.

The panel discussion included Ben McLean, Ruan Transportation; John Cinealis, The Toro Company; and Jake Christensen, Christensen Development. Panel members discussed how transportation infrastructure and the need for long-term funding affects their company, their employees and Greater Des Moines.

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Left to right: Larry James Jr., moderator; John Cinealis, The Toro Company; Jake Christensen, Christensen Development; Ben McLean, Ruan Transportation

Open Street Event
An open street event was also held on 12th Street in Downtown Des Moines. Attendees could grab lunch from local food trucks, sign a DART bus in support and speak with local organizations about the importance of transportation.

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Powered by Fries was one of the food vendors at the open street event.

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Attendees signed a DART bus in support of transportation.

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Christopher the Conquered played one of City Sound’s Public Pianos for entertainment.

For more event photos, visit our Facebook album.

Another New Shelter

Check out the new shelter on Route 16 located at the intersection of Douglas Avenue & 50th Street. photo 2

This is the third new shelter to go up in the Des Moines metro area since last October. The next shelter scheduled to be installed is also on Douglas Avenue, near the VA Hospital. Have a suggestion for a bus stop that could use a shelter? Please leave a reply below.