Get on the free purple bus in downtown Akron late this morning, get a free cookie.

Riders of the DASH circulator starting at 11 a.m. will get a free Sweet Maryís bus-shaped cookie as they board.

The cookies will be given out while supplies last, Metro RTA said.

The goal is to encourage lunchtime riders. The new, free DASH bus shuttle takes over the University of Akronís Roo Express west loop. The shuttle is for university students and the general public.

DASH sponsors include the city of Akron, Downtown Akron Partnership and GPD Group.