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CCW to provide Iowa with rebuilt artics

Des Moines Area Regional Transit's 60-foot low floor articulated buses will replace high-floor buses and include newly installed ramps, remanufactured power trains, transmissions, engines and brakes. It will also be equipped with two ADA compliant wheelchair lifts.

Iowa’s DART wants anti-transit ads banned from benches

After ads that encouraged transit riders to drive instead of taking the bus appeared on area bus stop benches, the transit authority asked city officials to update city code to ban such messages. The system’s GM argued that they send conflicting messages.

Advocate: Iowa’s DART not doing enough for paratransit

Des Moines Human Rights Commission says the agency is not meeting the needs of disabled and elderly bus riders, especially on the city’s south side. A DART spokesperson said that one south-side route that consultants proposed cutting was restored based on rider feedback.

PSTA names new CEO/Exec. Director

Board agreed on a contract with the current GM of Iowa's Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, Bradford Miller. Miller will officially take the reins July 5, 2011.

DART to test safe turning program, eliminate detours

Changes for turning procedures on downtown Des Moines routes involve maximum speed of 5 mph throughout any left or right turn and a complete stop in the middle of turning before the bus crosses the second crosswalk.

METRO Briefs

D.C. transit overwhelmed with inauguration crowds. DART makes staff ride the bus. Federal grant provides $20K for rail safety education.