As Downtown continues to expand, so does the reach of the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) circulator, a free public transportation option offered by the City of Phoenix.

To better service a growing population, since last fall the City of Phoenix surveyed the public on potential Downtown routes.

The expansion of the service coalesces around the voter-approved Proposition 104, passed in 2015.

The Transportation 2050 plan, is a thirty-five year investment toward public infrastructure such as bus and lightrail service, as well as overall street improvements. Historically, the DASH Government Loop typically services the Arizona Capitol.

The four suggested routes for a Downtown Loop emphasize more public transportation coverage, expanding DASH service into high traffic areas. Among the Downtown areas of a larger potential coverage map include routes around Arizona Center, Fry’s Grocery in Block 23, ASU Downtown Campus, Chase Field and Footprint Center.

The new proposed routes would cover an overall stretch of 5 to 7 miles and all include proposals to cover a section to run during the night and on weekends.

When implemented, the new service routes for Downtown are expected to begin October 23.

To make their voices heard, residents are encouraged to view the four proposed expanded routes and take the survey to express preferences for the Downtown Loop.

The window to take the DASH Phase 2 Survey closes, Friday, Feb. 10.

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