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UPDATE: DART continues free ride service to overnight cooling shelter

Posted August 28, 2013 in Web Exclusives

Residents trying to reach the only overnight cooling shelter in Polk County can continue to ride there for free on DART buses.

The overnight cooling shelter established at Zion Lutheran Church at 4300 Beaver Avenue in Des Moines will remain open the next two nights because of prolonged extreme heat. The shelter will be open overnight from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday. Doors are locked at 10 p.m. each night.

DART is offering free rides to the shelter, which is along Route 14. The offer is good on all local routes from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday evenings. To ride for free, passengers need only tell the bus operator that they are going to the overnight cooling shelter. Those who stay overnight at the shelter can get a free return trip in the morning by catching the bus at the nearest stop to the shelter, at the intersection of Aurora Avenue and 46th Street.

Schedule information is available online at or by calling the Customer Service Line at 515-283-8100 until 7 p.m. For calls after 7 p.m., please call 515-283-8108.

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority is the public transportation provider that serves Polk County. DART operates a family of transportation services that makes getting around the Greater Des Moines area easier and more convenient. For more information about DART services, schedules, route changes, or directions to the nearest DART stop, visit the website at or call 515-283-8100.

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