At Drake, it’s not absolutely necessary to have a car since there are plenty of other options to get around the neighborhood and Greater Des Moines.
Using alternative forms of transportation is not only a good way to save time and money, but also helps with issues such as traffic congestion and the environment. Drake is committed to lessening our carbon footprint and increasing support for sustainable practices.
If you do bring a car, be sure to purchase a parking pass. All alternative transportation options are also available to faculty and staff, with the exception of the BreakShuttle.
Getting home is easier than ever!
Do rides with friends never work out? Are flights home too expensive? Tired of making that long drive all alone? BreakShuttle is a nonstop shuttle that can get you home for Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Break! Destinations are Minneapolis and Davenport/Chicago. BreakShuttle is only available for students.
The Safe Ride Bus provides a free ride home to students who would otherwise be walking across or near campus late at night. Students can meet the bus anywhere along its route and get on.
Sunday – Wednesday 8 p.m. – 1:15 a.m.
Thursday – Saturday 8 p.m. – 2:45 a.m.
Unlimited, one-hour bike rides all over the city!
BCycle is Des Moines’ bike share program. Riders can check out a bike from BCycle docks, which are located all around the city. Ride for up to one hour and then dock your bike at any dock. Next time you’re ready to ride, check out a bike again. This is a great way to make a one-way trip or lots of shorter trips. These bikes have baskets and lights on them to make your trip more efficient and safe.
$3/hour or $10/year with Drake discount (sign-up with your Drake email and use code: Bulldogs2019)
An alternative to BCycle is the Olmsted Bike Library. Check out a bike and helmet from the Student Life Center in Olmsted with your Drake ID. Bikes can only be checked out when the Student Life Center is open and must be returned before it closes at the end of the day.
Student Life Center hours:
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. – midnight
Saturday: 8 a.m. – midnight
Sunday: 11 a.m. – midnight
Need to go further? Rent a car!
The Enterprise CarShare program is most similar to bringing a car to campus. Students can reserve cars ahead of time to use for up to five days at a time. When you sign-up, you’ll receive an access card, which unlocks the car when the reservation begins. Drivers need to have their own car insurance prior to driving. This is great for running errands and taking weekend trips!
Free bus rides with your Drake ID!
Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, or DART, is the public transportation provider for Greater Des Moines. Buses run to many different locations on a regular schedule, and are a great way to access downtown, shopping, internships and more. Three routes serve Drake, Route 3, Route 5 and Route 60. Just show your Drake ID when boarding and your ride is totally free!
Destinations: Wells Fargo, DMACC Urban Campus, Downtown Farmers’ Market, Drake University, 42nd St. Hy-Vee, Windsor Heights Hy-Vee, Windsor Heights Walmart and Valley West Mall.
Destinations: UnityPoint Methodist Medical Center, Gateway Market, Drake University, Snookies Malt Shop, Beaver Ave. Price Chopper, Franklin Public Library, Mercy-Franklin Medical Center and Merle Hay Mall.
Destinations: Wells Fargo, DMACC Urban Campus, Downtown Farmers’ Market, Drake University, 42nd St. Hy-Vee, Ingersoll Price Chopper, Pappajohn Sculpture Park and Central Library.
Iowa State Capitol: Route 3 or 60 to Downtown Des Moines, transfer to Route 1, Route 4 or D-Line Shuttle towards Iowa State Capitol.
Jordan Creek Mall and West Des Moines: Route 3 to Valley West Mall, transfer to Route 52 towards West Des Moines.