Our Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) offers downtown visitors and residents a great way to get around downtown. DASH buses pass every stop every 15 minutes. What a service!
Learn more about the schedule, real-time bus updates, and detours using this guide.
DASH Technical Map PDF(PDF, 123KB)
Illustrated DASH Map PDF(PDF, 10MB)
When can I take the DASH?
The DASH Circulator operates every 15 minutes Monday – Friday 7 am - 12:00 am, Saturday 11 am - 1 am, and Sunday 11 am - 5 pm.
Does the DASH bus go in both directions?
The DASH bus currently has a counter-clockwise (CCW) and a clockwise (CW) route. These routes go in opposite directions, which allows riders to always take the most direct route to their next stop.
WORK connects DASH West lot users to downtown. It is available Monday-Friday, 6:30am - 6:30pm. The service picks up at Area 7 and Area 9 parking lots and drops off at the intersection of Ottawa and Pearl every 15 minutes.
DASH routes run Monday - Sunday every 15 minutes and follow the schedule below.
Monday - Friday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Silver Line runs in a loop throughout Downtown Grand Rapids with frequency ranging from 10 minutes during rush hour to 20 - 30 minutes midday and evenings.
The approximate schedule for the Silver Line is shown below. For exact schedules check out ridetherapid.org, visit The Rapid's Silver Line webpage, or use Transit App or The Rapid's myStop app (iOS & Android).
Monday - Friday *
5:00am - Midnight
6:00am - 10:00pm
7:00am - 7:00pm
* Monday - Friday service runs every 10 minutes during rush hour to 20-30 minutes midday and evenings
** Saturday and Sunday service frequency is 30 minutes
Need to travel outside of downtown?
Ride any routes in The Rapid system for $1.75 (with free transfers) and plan your route using ridetherapid.org, Transit App, or the Rapid's myStop app (iOS & Android).
Use the interactive map below to find out where and when to catch the next bus.
For real-time bus updates use connect.ridetherapid.org or the Transit App. You can download The Rapid's myStop app for transit updates, too.
At the stop
Arrive at the stop and wait on the sidewalk where the driver can see you. As the bus arrives, check the digital sign above the front window to be sure it’s the correct bus route and direction. Signal the driver that you want to board. Stay back from the curb until the bus comes to a complete stop. If you need a boarding ramp, ask the bus operator.
Boarding and Riding
The DASH is always free, so you don’t need to pay! Board the bus at the front door; the rear door is for exiting passengers. If you have questions about whether you have the right bus or where your stop is located, ask the bus driver. Take a seat until you are ready to exit.
Signal to Stop
When you're a block or two away from your stop, pull the cord above your seat to signal the driver. Exit through the rear door. For your safety, never cross in front of the bus after exiting.
We recommend two apps to plan your trip on the DASH.
- Transit App gives real-time upcoming departure times for transit, and allows users to star their favorite lines and stops to make frequent trips easier. Transit App is available on Android & iOS.
- The myStop mobile app is supported by The Rapid and provides real-time bus schedule and location information. Available on iOS & Android.
Use these apps for more than the DASH! These apps are helpful for finding other nearby routes in The Rapid public transit network.
For real-time bus detour updates use connect.ridetherapid.org or Transit App. You can download The Rapid's myStop app for transit updates, too - look for the small red triangle.
Reminder: While buses are on detour any corner on the driver’s right side will be considered an authorized location to stop and allow customers to exit. Please let the driver know by pulling the stop cord or communicating directly with the driver.
Current Short Term Detours:
Current Long Term Detours:
DASH buses don't operate on the following holidays:
- New Year's Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
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