ICM is more than just road construction - it’s also about providing area commuters with information on their transportation options to shift demand toward more underutilized modes. Commuters to the Des Moines metro area have several transportation alternatives. These include public transportation (DART and HIRTA), vanpool, ridesharing, alternative work hours, and telecommuting (if permitted by your employer). By selecting an alternative commute, even just one day per week, you’re making a small change that can lead to a big impact on Des Moines.

Public Transportation

Public transportation is a great way to move around the metro. There are several options for using public transportation and the benefits include reducing congestion on the roadways, but also reduces emissions and saves money for both travelers and investments in the transportation system.


The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) is the largest public transit agency in Iowa. DART provides resources for those who vanpool, walk, or bike. These services connect thousands of people every day to jobs, school, medical appointments, entertainment and more. Free WiFi available on every route gives riders freedom to browse, stream, and work during their commute.

DART serves Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Johnston, Pleasant Hill, Polk County, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights.

Learn more about DART


Rural counties can still use public transportation to move around! HIRTA provides public transit services in the counties of Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story and Warren. 100% of the HIRTA vehicle fleet is ADA-accessible. HIRTA’s services allow riders to schedule trips and pricing is based on in-town, in-county or further.

Learn more about HIRTA


Des Moines BCycle provides bike share services to the Des Moines metro area. Bike sharing is a convenient, easy-to use solution for eco-friendly transportation. With more than 200 bikes across 20 stations, you can bike to and from many areas in the city.

Learn more about BCycle

Alternative Work Hours and Telecommuting

Telecommuting is when an employee performs nearly all aspects of their job function from home, utilizing the internet, virtual meeting tools, email, and more. Working from home eliminates the need to commute using a car, public transportation, or other method.

Alternative Work Hours means thinking outside the traditional 9-5 workday. When the majority of commuters travel to and from work at the same time, it can cause overwhelming congestion. Giving employees the option to pick a flexible work schedule spreads out the demand more evenly throughout the day.

Talk to your employer about what your options are regarding alternative work schedules.


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