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DART Leader Looks to Ban Anti-Bus Ads

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The general manager of Des Moines' transit system wants the city to ban advertisements on bus stop benches that encourage people to buy a vehicle rather than ride the bus.
   Elizabeth Presutti of the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority asked officials in a letter last month to update city code to ensure future advertisements don't send a conflicting message about riding the bus. She requested the city prohibit anti-transit advertising similar to how it doesn't allow the marketing of alcohol and night clubs.
   Presutti's letter was in response to advertisements by J.D. Byrider, a used-car dealership franchise based in Indiana. A public relations firm for the company did not immediately have a comment on the issue.

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