DMPS’s partnership with DART

Instead of showing a student ID to the driver, students will scan a QR code embedded on their student ID when boarding the bus. The QR code identifies the student by a number and shares no personal information with DART.

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) announced additional changes over the summer of 2019. Unlimited Access to DART transportation now begins at 4:30 PM for all students. Students who are not assigned to DART for school transportation can still ride DART to and from school by paying half fare when they board the bus.

DMPS assigns either yellow bus or DART transportation to students who qualify. The level of DART service assigned to students is shown on their student ID.

Students with green on their ID are assigned to DART for school transportation and can ride DART for free any time of day. Students should use their assigned bus to get to and from school.

Dart North

Students with white on their ID can ride DART for free in the evenings (after 4:30 p.m.), anytime on weekends or on days that school is not in session (including summer break).

Dart Roosevelt

DART recommends students arrive at a bus stop five minutes early and consider downloading the MyDART app to plan the best bus route to a destination and track buses in real time.

DART service and COVID-19

DART has made many changes to how it provides service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • Installing plastic barriers between the farebox and the bus operator’s seat to promote social distancing
  • Daily cleaning and sanitizing of all DART vehicles and DART Central Station
  • Requiring operators to wear masks while driving and conduct a wellbeing screening before work each day, which includes a temperature check
  • Providing masks and hand sanitizer for riders to use on all buses
  • Regular disinfection of high touch surface areas in the bus, including the fareboxes
  • Blocking seats on buses to promote social distancing. Please do not sit in blocked seats. If your bus is full, you are welcome to stand we just ask that you maintain as much space between you and others on the bus as possible.
  • Limiting access to DART Central Station to 2-3 people at any one time.

To hear more about DMPS/DART partnership and see how the new ID will scan at a farebox, watch the video or view the slideshow below.

DART Changes Farebox Procedure


As a reminder, students or parents with questions about what type of service they are assigned to should contact staff at their school.

For more tips about how to ride DART, including online trip planning tools, visit