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.

Click here to learn more about DMPS’s partnership with DART.

DART service and COVID-19

Beginning Tuesday, February 2, a new federal mandate requires people using public transportation to wear a mask. This mandate requires people using DART wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times on our buses and at DART Central Station, including while outdoors waiting for a bus.

A face shield cannot be worn in place of a mask. Exceptions will be made for small children and anyone with an ADA eligible medical exemption. Passengers who do not comply with the new federal mask mandate will be asked to get off the bus or leave the premises at DART Central Station.

The federal mask requirement is just one of the many of DART’s safety measures to promote the health and wellbeing of its employees and riders. Some other measures include:

  • The installation of temporary plastic barriers between the fareboxes and the operator’s seat on all buses;
  • providing hand sanitizer and face masks for riders on the bus and at DART Central Station;
  • limiting capacity on each bus to around 50% by blocking off seats to promote social distancing;
  • daily cleaning and sanitizing of all DART vehicles and facilities with regular disinfecting of high-touch areas throughout the day;
  • providing PPE for all employees; and
  • requiring employees to complete health screenings at the beginning of their work day.

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