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DART Opens Bike Hubs in Des Moines

The Des Moines (IA) Regional Transit Authority (DART) recently joined the Des Moines Bicycle Collective in opening five multimodal mobility hubs in the city—connecting DART buses with BCycle bike sharing—with a sixth to open later this year.

“We often hear from our riders and others in the community that they are looking for more transportation options. Riding the bus and bicycling complement each other, and incorporating both into one location will be a great asset to the community,” said DART Chief Engagement and Communications Officer Amanda Wanke.

While a local real estate business funded the first of the city’s mobility hubs, a federal Transportation Alternatives Program grant covered the cost of the other four hubs and an additional three stand-alone bike-sharing stations. The federal funds were used to purchase the BCycle stations, new bus shelters and the installation.

Last year almost 60,000 riders used the bike racks on the front of DART buses, a 240 percent increase compared with 2007. All buses in the agency’s fleet are equipped with bike racks that can accommodate two bikes at a time.


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