DART FACILITY: Ribbon Cutting For Central Station
A new era in Des Moines DART bus transportation kicks off Tuesday.
DART leaders are hosting a ribbon cutting for the new Central Station at 620 Cherry Street at 2:00 p.m.
The facility cost $21 million and was paid for with federal grants and $4 million in iJobs funding.
Screens will tell riders when the next bus will arrive. There is also customer service, bicycle storage, public restrooms and indoor waiting areas. A security guard will also be on site.
The new facility is part of an overall change at DART.
“DART Central Station is really symbolic of a larger transformation of public transit in Des Moines. It is coming online as we are vastly changing all the routes and we are expanding service by 13 percent this year, so it really is symbolic of a larger change of the transit agency and improving public transit in greater Des Moines,” says Gunnar Olson with DART.
Busses will no longer use the Walnut Street area as a transfer point downtown
DART is holding an open house for Central Station Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
The customer service window opens on November 12th and busses start rolling out of the station on Friday, November 23rd.