DART moves forward on downtown transit hub


Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority officials voted Tuesday to buy land for a new downtown transit hub.

DART approved spending $650,000 to purchase a lot on Sixth Avenue.

DART will complete plans for the hub by the end of the year and break ground next spring. Construction is expected to take 18 to 20 months.

The new Transit Hub will be south of Cherry Street between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Street. The hub will replace the transit mall along Walnut Street.

The nearly $21 million project is expected to include environmental friendly elements including solar panels and geothermal to help power the facility.

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