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First Night for the Art Walk DASH

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, June 15, 2007, at 09:01AM
Empty Bus Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Last night marked the first night for the Art Walk DASH, made official only a few weeks ago. At 7pm I walked over to Spring and only had to wait a few minutes before Jorge came driving up in a bus whose headsign proudly proclaimed:

FREE SHUTTLE / SPECIAL SHUTTLE / ARTWORK DISTRICT

Not quite perfect, but a good start.

I'm totally giving the wrong impression by posting a photo here of an empty bus. Any service has to be in place a while before people acclimate to it and start to use it, and tonight's DASH was no exception. We made it a little over one lap before we picked up our first passenger, and it was very slow in the next few laps. After that I got off to actually go look at art, but I've heard it picked up as the night went on. Every once in a while I'd look up as one of the buses passed and there would be people on board.

In the end I'm thrilled to get the service up and running, and I think its use is going to continue to grow over the summer. I know I came out of this first run with some tweaks we might be able to make, and I'm sure others did as well.

So who here was a first night "Artwork District" DASH rider? What did you think?

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