New DASH bus routes launched in downtown Phoenix

[Source: KPHO Television] — New DASH bus routes launched Monday morning in downtown Phoenix.  Marie Chapple with Phoenix Public Transit says the DASH downtown loop will now take them to the dining places and sports venues, including ASU.  “People used to going from the state Capitol to downtown Phoenix or into the city buildings will still be able to do that, they just won’t have to go as far as they used to,” Chapple said.  Basically, it’s from the state Capitol to the city and county buildings and into Central Station.”

Chapple said the downtown DASH loop used to run mostly at night and nobody was riding it.  The routes are now targeted to the daytime dwellers of downtown Phoenix.  “It’s a north-south loop and we think it’s going to work a lot better for who’s here during the day,” she said.

Mayor Phil Gordon said he will seek more money to keep the buses running past 8 p.m., and he may start thinking “outside the box.”  “[We should] look at bringing in some private vendors, particularly to tie together the Garfield, Roosevelt, the historic neighborhoods where there are a lot of restaurants, bars, and boutiques to the core downtown,” Gordon said. 

By early 2009, another 800 ASU students will be moving into downtown dorms.  The DASH buses are also sporting a new look.  Gone is the copper color.  The new buses are decked out in blue and green.

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