DDA approves funding to expand DASH service to Monroe North neighborhood
Caroline MacGregor November 14, 2012 | WGVU
“The new service will help to tie the Monroe North neighborhood to the downtown proper. Currently it's not served by any form of mass transportation and this helps us link together thousands of employees and residents who call the area home and improve accessibility between the two neighborhoods.”
That was Executive
Director of the Downtown Development Authority, Kris Larson, who says the number
of residents and employees in the Monroe North neighborhood and business district,
The expanded DASH service make for easier access to restaurants,
retail stores, residences, and places of employment.
Larson says the DDA
Board will contribute up to $75,000 each year for two years to launch a pilot
program and test the potential for expanded transit service in Monroe North.
The project's cost is estimated to range from $175,000 to $225,000 and DDA funds would cover the cost of purchasing the vehicles necessary to support
the new service.
He says building
a central city that’s easy to get around and connected to adjacent
neighborhoods is a top priorities. More
than 570 thousand rides on the downtown DASH service were counted in 2012.
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