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Route Changes to FLASH - August 2020

Arizona State University, in partnership with Valley Metro and the City of Tempe, is advancing changes to the FLASH service to match its original purpose of being a campus circulator, connecting riders to the center of campus from parking structures and student housing. Changes include:

  • Modifying the route to directly serve Lot 59 and ASU activity centers on McAllister Avenue (see map)
  • Improving weekday frequency to every 10 minutes from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., and every 15 minutes until end of service

A virtual public hearing was held on May 20, 2020  and online input was taken May 4 through June 5, 2020. Public comments from May/June 2020 PDF

FLASH would continue to provide free, frequent shuttle service, connecting riders to other transit options, including Orbit, local buses and light rail. The eliminated portions of the route would still be serviced by existing Orbit routes, local bus routes and in the future, Tempe Streetcar.The service changes are expected to start at the beginning of the ASU academic year, on Thursday, August 20. View a map of the service changes below.


 FLASH around Tempe - Current Schedule Info.

In response to COVID-19, FLASH service is suspended through the remainder of ASU’s summer break.

During the ASU school year, FLASH operates every weekday from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. every 12 minutes. After 6 p.m. FLASH operates every 15 minutes. During ASU semester breaks, FLASH operates every weekday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every 15 minutes.  All FLASH buses are wheelchair accessible and equipped with bike racks to accommodate two bikes. FLASH is operationally funded by ASU and the service is operated by Valley Metro. 

FLASH map with other routes












In September 2018, ASU, Valley Metro and the City of Tempe conducted a survey (primarily of riders) to determine if the routing, hours and frequency for the FLASH route, serving ASU campus and downtown Tempe, were meeting the needs of its users. Based on the survey results, the route and hours of operation changed on May 7, 2019 to better connect riders to the growing destinations in and adjacent to campus and integrate with the overall transit network in the downtown Tempe area. For FLASH complaints or suggestions, please call 602-253-5000 or email Valley Metro at