Downtown DASH expanding hours
The free Downtown Area Shuttle in Grand Rapids will begin offering expanded service later this month.
Serving downtown Grand Rapids for over 20 years, the re-branded DASH will now offer weekend services along with longer weekday hours, beginning Aug. 27.
The new operational hours for DASH West and North routes will be:
- Monday through Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- Thursday and Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
- Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
- Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Currently, DASH operates from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and it does not operate on weekends.
The DASH service will continue to be fare-free and not require a ticket or pass. Pickups are scheduled every eight minutes.
Routes have been shifted and expanded slightly, and stops have been reconfigured to include more popular downtown destinations.
DASH West will provide access to the West Side, Monroe Center and Heartside. Points of interest on the route include the David D. Hunting YMCA, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Van Andel Arena and Bridge Street Market.
DASH North will service Creston, City Center and Medical Mile. Points of interest on the route include DeVos Place, Downtown Market, Founders Brewing Co., Spectrum Health and Belknap Park.
Josh Naramore, director of Mobile GR and Parking Services for the city, said the changes were made to increase ridership and accessibility.
“With later hours and weekend service, the DASH becomes accessible to second-shift workers and more downtown visitors and residents,” Naramore said. “This makes it easier for people coming downtown for a night out or to run errands to park once and ride.”
DASH buses have also begun sporting a new bright-pink paint job as part of the re-branding effort.
“We wanted to update the DASH brand to something playful and approachable but still distinctive and recognizable," Naramore said. "That’s how we landed on a bright-pink bus. You won’t be able to miss it.”