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Posted on May 16, 2019 at 12:55 PM by Michael Goens
Finding your way in relatively unfamiliar territory isn’t always conducive to relaxation. When you travel to MHK, we want happy and relaxed patrons to see our attractions, hotels and restaurants! And so, we’re here to announce one solution for Visit Manhattan tourists.
Travel safely and efficiently around Manhattan’s urban centers this summer with DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle), a new shuttle service to carry passengers around Downtown Manhattan, Aggieville district and beyond. This single, five-passenger electric vehicle is a boost for tourists who might fly into Manhattan Regional Airport and not rent vehicles, or similar travelers who drive here and prefer to “park it” and let someone else handle all details that pertain to getting around MHK. We understand.
The “downtown shuttle” or DASH helps to reduce vehicle traffic on MHK streets and tourists can relax with comfort of extra legroom and high-back seats. Just text 785.379.DASH for pickups. Yeah, it’s that simple. And free! Summer Saturdays provide 13-hour, maximum service times; MHK DASH shows full shuttle hours of operation.
Manhattan has an extremely walkable downtown district with close proximity to multiple hotels, shops and restaurants. The distance from 4th and Poyntz in downtown to 12th and Moro in Aggieville, though, is by no means a leisurely walk. Some older travelers may have difficultly to consider a 1-mile stroll as being restful and unstressed. That's where DASH enters the picture.
Great coverage area
DASH – another free service in coordination with Green Apple Bikes program – simply adds another dimension to our tourist offerings. The 1-mile service area includes Manhattan Marketplace (Hy-Vee, LongHorn Steakhouse and more), Manhattan Town Center (west side entry), Poyntz Avenue downtown shops/restaurants, Blue Earth Plaza and the south/southwest portion of Kansas State University in addition to Aggieville.
When the new Courtyard by Marriott (Aggieville at 11th/Bluemont Avenue) comes on-line in 2020, the shuttle will service eight of what will be Manhattan’s 14 hotels. Four Points by Sheraton runs complimentary airport shuttle service as does Comfort Suites, which are two hotels that fall outside the DASH shuttle service area.
DASH & GAB = MANHAPPINESS
Of course, Green Apple Bikes is another free service with a bit more human-power to reach your destination. These single-speed bicycles have a dozen dropoff-pickup “rack locations,” and these too are mainly concentrated around Downtown Manhattan (six additional campus racks). GAB is also a free service.
We’re looking out for you, our travel partners and “regulars” to Visit Manhattan. More amenities mean more ultra-satisfied – and repeat – tourists to our Gateway to the Flint Hills. Oh Manhattan!, give DASH a try on your next visit.
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