A pilot adding DART bus service on weekends along Merle Hay Road in Johnston begins Sunday, November 13, 2022. This service is funded by a Principal Foundation grant allowing DART to operate Local Route 5 on the weekends.
Local Route 5 will travel the same route seven days a week, transporting riders between the Johnston Public Library and downtown Des Moines with stops at popular destinations, including the Johnston Town Center, Merle Hay Mall, Beaverdale, Drake University and Sherman Hill.
DART staff will provide training at Johnston Public Library on Saturday, December 3rd to help individuals learn to ride the bus in Greater Des Moines, as well as updates on programs and services. Training will demonstrate how to plan a trip, read maps and schedules, recognize bus stops, pay fares, practice rider safety, and more. This training will also highlight changes to service along Merle Hay Road in Johnston with the addition of weekend service beginning in November.