Q: Where can I access the routes and schedules available?

A:  You can access the routes online at or pick up a printed route map/schedule at all of the Pass outlets, including one here on campus in the D-Shoppe, or at the Des Moines metro’s area Dahl’s, Hy-Vee, and Younkers. Or, simply contact DART information at 515-283-8100.


Q: How do I select the route that I need to take?

A:  Locate your starting point, and your arrival point.  From this, follow the color of the route that will take you to your destination.


Q:  Are there specific guidelines as a rider I should be aware of?

A:   Some recommendations from the Des Moines Metro Transit Authority (DMMTA)

  •  Be at the bus stop five minutes early to make sure you don’t miss the bus.
  • Present your id as you enter the bus.
  •  Remain seated as the bus is in motion
  • Take your newspapers, magazines, or other materials with you as you leave. 
  • During the winter months, scrape snow or slush off of your shoes before entering.


Q:  What are the different services that this program covers?

A:  All of DART’s:

  • Local Routes that serve all parts of Des Moines, 7 days a week
  • Express or Express plus routes serving all major suburban communities in Polk county
  • Shuttle Services (Urbandale On-call, West Des Moines On-Call, Regional On-Call, Downtown Shuttle)
  •  “Bus-Plus” service for qualifies individuals with disabilities that cannot ride the regular service


Q:  What services are not covered under the program?

A:  The only services not covered are:

  • DART’s Rideshare (Vanpool) services
  • DART’s Special Event Services to the State Fair, Arts Festival, Wrestling Tournament, etc.


Q:  Who is eligible for this benefit?

A:  All faculty, staff, students, and retirees!


Q:  How do I use this benefit?

A:  Show your Drake Card to the driver, and you can then enjoy the ride! You no longer need a sticker for your id card.


Q:  Why would I want to do this?

A:  Some reasons include:

  • Good for the environment
  • Cost savings for gas, tires, wear and tear on your car
  • Won’t have to race cars in parking lots for parking spaces
  • Convenience of not having to scrape the snow and ice off of your car
  • Enjoy some relaxing time on the commute as opposed to tense time on I-235
  • It’s FREE!





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July 27, 2015
The Ray Center, formerly known as Character Counts in Iowa, will issue its 2015 Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award to Suku Radia, President and CEO of Bankers Trust, and Rich Willis, dealer principal at Willis Auto Campus.