Public Health and Government
DART
adjusting route service hours; limiting ridership to essential trips only
DART announced it is temporarily ending weekday service earlier on some routes and reducing how often some routes run, effective Thursday. There are no changes to Saturday and Sunday service at this time. To protect the health and safety of employees and riders, DART is also asking that people only ride when absolutely necessary to get to work or to other essential destinations like the grocery store and pharmacy. Copies of these temporary schedules are available now at ridedart.com. DART will not print new schedules for this temporary service reduction, but riders can request a printed schedule from the customer service window at DART Central Station. Further changes to service are possible as the situation with COVID-19 evolves. More information about how DART is responding to COVID-19 can be found at ridedart.com. 

The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has canceled a public meeting that was set for today meant to gather opinions on which local transportation projects community members would like to see receive funding from the MPO. Nineteen projects are under consideration, ranging from roadways, bridges and transit buses to trails, safe routes to school and on-street facilities. Project descriptions and an interactive map can be found online on the MPO’s website. Public input will continue to be collected through Friday. You can use the interactive map, call 515-334-0075 and leave a message, or email staff at info@dmampo.org. The MPO also scores the projects on how well they help meet the regional performance measures established in Mobilizing Tomorrow, the region’s recently updated long-range transportation plan. The scores and public comments will be presented to a funding subcommittee of local elected officials, who will make a funding recommendation.