DASH-West lot #9. Photo credit - Sue Irvine

DASH-West Area #9. Photo by Sue Irvine

Time for my second adventure!  No snow.  No rain.  This time from the west side of Grand Rapids.  This time a 10 minute ride and then a 5 minute walk.  Free ride, $2 parking; vs. free parking and a about $3 ride. (See SilverLine) 

dash-West is FREE! It runs 6:30am-10pm.  Parking at the dash-West Parking Lot#9 costs $2 (all day).  Entrance to this parking lot is on Seward Street between Fulton Street and Lake Michigan Drive. Seward Street is west of Grand Valley State University’s downtown campus.  It’s near the railroad tracks.  (Well, yes, across the tracks.)  The lot is very “long” with two card access entrances and one with a big $2 sign.  You get a parking “ticket” when you press the button at the entrance.  

dash-West comes every 15-20 minutes. The shuttle picks up at three places along this long parking lot.  I hopped into a clean looking bus with a friendly driver who said “Hello”.  Again a smile!  (You know I like smiles.)  I decided to ride around the entire route just for fun.  My trip took me past the Grand Rapids Public Museum, the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel’s entrance, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Library street (a block from the Grand Rapids Public Library),  over to the Downtown City Market, and back to Lot #9. Yup – within 20 minutes I was right back where I started at lot #9.  Check it out RidetheRapid blog and learn about dash-South, dash-Hill and dash-North while you’re there.

For the conference, get off the bus at the Amway Grand Plaza stop. Walk into the hotel, up the stairs admiring the beautiful building. Continue thru the Center Concourse where the Society Night booths will be placed  and to the Promenade which is the skywalk to the DeVos Place Convention Center.  The alternate route would be outside walking east to Monroe and then North on Monroe a couple blocks.  

Leaving lot#9 was no problem.  As in most lots I inserted my ticket and the obnoxious voice asked for money.  “You owe two dollars”.  Such an enthusiastic voice!  I stuck in a $5 bill and received back three shiny dollar coins.  Don’t you just love those coins?

Sue Irvine