Grand Rapids’ DASH bus service is a convenient and free (yes, you read that correctly) way to get around downtown.

In summer 2018 the DASH added additional routes, times, and introduced fun, new bright pink-colored buses to their lineup to accommodate more public transportation users.

The wheelchair-accessible buses are scheduled to arrive at each bus stop every eight minutes, so you won’t be waiting long. All DASH buses have bike racks for riders to hang their bikes, as well.

Real-time upcoming departure times for DASH buses are available on the Android & iOS-friendly Transit App and myStop mobile app. Current scheduled operational hours for DASH North are:

  • Monday through Wednesday, 6:30 AM to 10:30 PM

  • Thursday and Friday, 6:30 AM to 1 AM

  • Saturday, 10 AM to 1 AM

  • Sunday, 10 AM to 8 PM

Riders also don’t need a ticket or pass to ride the DASH! Just visit one of the DASH stops to let it take you to your destination.

Become familiar with the DASH North Line, which serves the North Quarter and Heartside neighborhoods, as well as the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.

You will need to signal the bus driver to stop when you’re about a block away. If you’re unsure about which stop to make, you can always ask your bus driver to assist you. Here are a few ideas to help you plan your next ride on the DASH North Route:

DASH marker on the sidewalk
DASH sign

DASH marker on the sidewalk

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Cheers! Breweries & Distilleries

Grab your Brewsaders Passport or download the Brewsader Mobile App to collect stamps when you visit breweries along the DASH North Route.

Hop off at the stop on Monroe, just south of Michigan, to visit Atwater Brewing; you’ll find Founders Brewing near the Cherry/Grandville stop; to get to City Built Brewing use the Mason/Ottawa stop near the Sixth Street Bridge OR the stop on Monroe, just north of Mason near Canal Park (both stops are just a short walk); and you’ll want the stop on Newberry near Ottawa to visit Gray Skies Distillery.

Top Attractions

A DASH North Route stop is conveniently located right outside of DeVos Performance Hall on Monroe, between Michigan and Lyon.

Take the Monroe stop, just south of Michigan to reach the DeVos Convention Center, or exit the DASH bus one stop south, on Monroe between Michigan and Lyon, to reach Calder Plaza and City Hall.

To visit the Van Andel Arena, exit the DASH at the Market stop just south of Fulton, or stop by The Intersection after hopping off at the Cherry/Grandville stop.

DASH bus in downtown Grand Rapids

DASH bus in downtown Grand Rapids

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Food & Dining

Plenty of establishments to grab a sweet treat, excellent entree, quick bite, or beverage are located along the DASH North Route. Here are just a few suggestions. You can always search for more on the restaurants page

Monroe/Pearl stop:

Monroe/Trowbridge stop:

Market stop, just south of Fulton:

Just a short walk from the Cherry stop, just south of US 131:

Ionia/McConnell stop:

Mason/Ottawa stop:

Monroe stop, just north of Mason: 

Hotels

To visit the Amway Grand Plaza or JW Marriott, take the DASH Monroe stop, just north of Pearl. If you’re looking to visit the Courtyard by Marriott, take the DASH Monroe stop, just south of Louis. When the Embassy Suites opens in spring 2019, you'll be able to visit it via the Monroe/Newberry stop.

DASH bus downtown Grand Rapids

DASH bus downtown Grand Rapids

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Museums

The Grand Rapids Art Museum is a short walk from either DASH stop at Monroe/Louis or Monroe/Pearl.

Thanks to Grand Rapids’ compact downtown, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts are a short walk from the above stops. Or you could check out the DASH West Route.

Parks

The Monroe/Pearl or Monroe/Louis stop will take you right to Rosa Parks Circle; a little farther north on the DASH North line, you can use the Monroe/Coldbrook stop to visit Belknap Park or hop off at Newberry near Ottawa for Reservoir Park. Sixth Street Bridge Park is right near Monroe/Newberry and you’ll find Canal Street Park at the stop on Monroe, just north of Mason.

Also, if you need to get around downtown Grand Rapids beyond the DASH stops, riders can hop on The Rapid's Silver Line without charge in downtown only. DASH has partnered with The Rapid’s Silver Line to provide more comprehensive downtown bus service. For more information, such as The Rapid’s Silver Line real-time bus schedules, download the myStop mobile app.

Keep in mind that these are just some of the places you’ll find along the DASH North Route.

To learn more about additional attractions along DASH routes, visit the DASH West Route blog.

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