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DART to offer veterans free rides

With valid photo identification, veterans will be able to ride DART for free beginning June 18.

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority's decision came after a pilot run in May, with Polk County Veterans Affairs serving as a partner. 

Veterans boarded DART buses 8,450 times during the month of May.

“The ridership from May shows just how important public transportation is for veterans in Polk County,” said Polk County Supervisor and DART Commissioner Angela Connolly. “Improving access to transportation will help our veterans find and retain employment, secure housing, get to medical appointments and have the necessary means to be successful after returning from active duty.”

A valid photo identification showing veteran status will be required to ride free on DART Local, Express, Flex and On Call services.

Veterans with at least 90 days of active duty service and an honorable discharge listed on his or her DD-214 are eligible to ride free. A valid ID must be shown to the bus operator upon boarding.  

Valid IDs to ride DART free include:

1.      Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital card

2.      Retired military service ID

3.      Iowa license with veteran status

4.      Veterans Affairs (VA) photo ID

The VA staff at Polk County River Place can create a photo ID for veterans who do not have a VA hospital card, retired military service ID or Iowa license with veteran status. To create this photo ID, veterans need to bring a form of photo identification and a DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge to VA offices. Staff can also start the process of obtaining a DD-214 form.

For more information, including images of valid IDs, visit ridedart.com.

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