New First Friday Shuttle Routes Announced for Summer

Shuttles to Depart from Ten-O-One Courtesy of True North Studio
Shorter routes to Roosevelt Row and Historic Grand Avenue begin June 2019

To give visitors better access to arts and culture experiences during Phoenix’s popular First Fridays Art Walk, Artlink Inc. has updated the routes of the complimentary shuttles that circulate through greater downtown Phoenix. They will intersect at the Connector Hub at Ten-O-One, 1001 N. Central Ave, a prime First Friday location in Roosevelt Row now accessible through the support of True North Studio.

The Hub will feature an information table staffed by Artlink volunteers and will offer First Friday patrons who ride the Artlink shuttle two hours of validated parking (limited validations available). The new summer routes will serve the Historic Grand Avenue and Roosevelt Row/Central Arts districts, and become effective on First Friday, June 7.

Two other hubs also familiar to First Friday patrons will be maintained: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., and Oasis on Grand, at 15th and Grand Avenues.

See a map of the new routes at artlinkphx.org/first-fridays. NOTE: Roosevelt St. is closed to vehicular traffic on First Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m. between Central Ave. and 7th St. The Ten-O-One garage can be accessed by taking Central Ave. north to Portland St. (one block north of Roosevelt St.), east on Portland St. to 1st St., and south on 1st. St. to the garage entrance on the west side of the street.

The shuttles run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every First Friday, and each route takes approximately 20 minutes to travel it in its entirety. The shuttles, provided by Dunn Transportation, Artlink’s official transportation partner, have been serving First Fridays for several years.

Artlink volunteers will be present at the Ten-O-One Connector Hub to validate parking for up to two hours. The two-hour validation is valued at $6 and can be applied to standard parking rates for longer periods. Nearby metered parking is also available.

The new Ten-O-One Connector Hub is also conveniently located across the street from the Roosevelt and Central Light Rail Station, which also features GRiD Bikes. Riders can take light rail to this popular First Friday stop and pick up a First Friday map from the information table. Parking and transit stops can be viewed on PhoenixUrbanGuide.com.

Each shuttle route provides patrons a self-guided tour experience, allowing them to hop-on hop-off at the arts and culture destinations of their choice. Volunteer docents staff the hub stops and the shuttles, providing information on the night’s exhibitions and events in the downtown area. These and more #PHXFRIDAYS happenings outside the shuttle service area can be found on the official First Friday calendar at artlinkphx.org/calendar.

Air-conditioned coach shuttles will replace the familiar trolleys provided by Dunn Transportation during the summer months.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives, including complimentary shuttles during the monthly First Friday Art Walks, The Artist Forward Fund, Phoenix Urban Guide, and the annual Art Detour, Art d’Core Gala and Juried Exhibition. Formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989, Artlink is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Park Central, Marriott International, True North Studio, Valley Metro, Phoenix Convention Center, Reimagine Phoenix, and works in partnership with Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue.

About True North Studio
True North Studio is a real estate development company based in the monOrchid, a landmark arts and mixed-use building in the heart of the Roosevelt Row Arts District in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The Cambria hotel is one component of True North Studio’s mixed use developments between Central Avenue to 3rd Street, and Roosevelt to Moreland Streets at Hance Park. Projects within the development include hotels, restaurants, art galleries, creative office, and commercial retail as part of historically preserved and adaptively reused properties, as well as the infill of vacant lots. These projects will contribute to the fabric of the diverse Roosevelt Row Arts District and amplify the revitalization of downtown Phoenix.