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 Rash Metropolitan Council Decision Unjust to DARTS

On September 10th DARTS contracts with the Met Council were suddenly cancelled, under a little-used provision called "termination for convenience” after issues were raised in a routine audit. This hasty decision by Met Council staff is an injustice to the 4,300 riders and 196 employees who count on DARTS. This is especially troubling considering DARTS took immediate action to address issues outlined in the audit. The Met Council staff disregarded these corrections. Instead, they cancelled our contract, denied our request for a three-month probation period as an alternative and effectively voided our opportunity for an audit response.  

Our goal is to raise awareness among the Met Council members about the rash actions of Met Council staff relative to the cancellation of contracts. For more information and examples of how you can help, click on the links below.  

The Met Council staff’s rash action will not improve paratransit services in Dakota County. It will disrupt the lives of the riders and employees who rely on DARTS. We remain committed to our services that foster independence and fulfillment in the aging journey.

DARTS Press Release     Letters of Support     DARTS Protest Documents          

                DARTS Side of the Story        How You Can Help 


DARTS Learning Buddies on KARE 11

The Learning Buddies Program and one of our amazing volunteers, Mary Towey, was highlighted on KARE 11 during Kim Insley’s, “What’s Cool in School?”.  Mary volunteers at Lincoln Center Elementary in South St. Paul. Take a look!  

KARE 11 October 2 Broadcast


Get your FREE DARTS Eldercare Resource Guide

Dakota County Eldercare Resources has the most commonly requested services for older adults. This guide contains a wealth of information with names and numbers of services for seniors and people with health issues or who are caring for a loved one.

Call 651-455-1560 to receive your free copy through the mail or, better yet, simply provide your email address for a downloadable version.


Fall Caregiver Wellness Program

A six-week program designed to help caregivers learn techniques for stress reduction and general well-being.

WHEN: Wednesdays (Oct. 1 - Nov. 5) 1-3pm

WHERE: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church - 13901 Fairview Drive, Burnsville



Learning Buddies: Helping School Children

Those who volunteer should have a passion and enthusiasm for their assignment, and that passion and enthusiasm is certainly apparent in Jim Paskett and Yvonne Morency, both DARTS Learning Buddies in Dakota County elementary schools.

“My goodness, they’re reading like troopers,” said Jim, 74, speaking of his first-grade charges at Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Sciences in Eagan. A retired federal employee with two children and seven grandchildren, he is known by the students as “Grandpa Jim.” Read more »