Rocky Mount's Tar River Transit

DARTS (Dial-A-Ride Transportation Services)


DARTS is the federally mandated complementary paratransit service offered by Tar River Transit. The program provides transportation services to individuals with disabilities that are prevented from riding the regular accessible bus service offered by Tar River Transit. Eligibility for the program is determined through an application process and an in-person assessment by a medical professional. The process of eligibility may take up to 21 days once the application is completed.

To Apply

Apply online through a web form

or print, fill out and return the PDF below:

PDF fileDownload DARTS application in PDF

A Dial-A-Ride application can be picked up at the Transit Office or one can be mailed to you. A completed application should be returned to the Transit Office in person or mailed to:

Tar River Transit
PO Box 1180
Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27802

What Happens Next?

The Transit Administrator will determine eligibility upon review of the completed application and the information collected by medical professional during the in-person assessment. Once the Transit Administrator has determined that the applicant is eligible, an approval packet is sent containing a DARTS Identification Card, program guidelines and other pertinent information related to the program.

Note: If the Transit Administrator determines that the individual is not eligible for the DARTS program, a denial letter is sent to the applicant. The applicant has thirty (30) days from receipt of the letter to appeal the decision to the Engineering Department Head responsible for oversight of Tar River Transit. The Engineering Department Head's decision is final.

This service operates Monday through Saturday at the following times and costs:

6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (M-F)
$25.00 per Book of 10 tickets
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Saturday)
$25.00 per Book of 10 tickets

Tickets can be purchased at City Hall in the Collections Department located at 331 South Franklin Street on the first floor or at the Transit Office. DARTS tickets are non-refundable.

Scheduling Trips

Once a passenger has purchased their (DARTS) tickets, they may call and schedule trips. Trips need to be scheduled a day in advance and passengers may only travel to places within the City of Rocky Mount or to any location(s) served by the fixed route buses. Passengers need to call the Tar River Transit office to schedule trips for the next day by 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If a DARTS passenger wants to schedule a trip on days prior to a service day on which the office is closed (e.g. Sunday prior to a Monday service day or holiday) trips may be scheduled through our voicemail messaging system from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Have the following information prepared when scheduling your trip:


Date of Travel

Appointment Time

Home Address/Destination Address- Street Name and Number

Return Time

DARTS passengers may call (252) 972-1514 or (252) 972-1515/1516 to schedule trips.



The Transit Office is located at 100 Coastline Street (Downtown Train Station), on the 3rd floor in Suite 315.
Our phone number is (252) 972-1174


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