LADOT Dash Hearings on Bus Cuts and Hikes

Los Angeles, California (Jan 14, 2010) The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) will hold six public hearings to allow riders and the public to provide comment on the proposed changes and reductions to LADOT Transit Services and the proposed increases in fares. These changes are being recommended from the detailed Line by Line Analysis that was conducted to address the significant budget shortfall of $350 million that is projected over the next decade for the City’s transit programs.

The analysis focused on underperforming Commuter Express and DASH routes with low ridership and those services that may be duplicative of other services provided by Metro and other carriers. The analysis also reviewed the operations of the Cityride and the Charter Bus Programs operated by the City, as well as the amount of City subsidy being used to support each City transit program. While the analysis identified cost savings through improved efficiencies, these savings will not yield the amount necessary to completely offset the shortfall and LADOT is proposing increasing fares on all its services.

“LADOT encourages everyone to contribute their inputs by participating in this process. Please visit us on the web, call or attend one of the public hearings” said Rita L. Robinson, LADOT General Manager. For a detailed description of the proposed changes and fare increases, interested parties can pick up a brochure on the bus, or go on line to ladottransit.com or to ladotlbl.tmdinc.net.

The public hearings will be held at the following six locations and times: West Los Angeles: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Henry Medina West L.A. Parking Enforcement Facility, Second Floor, Roll Call Room 11214 W. Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064

South Los Angeles:    Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. South Los Angeles Activity Center, Multipurpose Room 7020 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90003

Central Los Angeles: Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Caltrans Bldg., Community Center Conference Room 100 South Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

North & South Valley: Wednesday February 24, 2010, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, Room 1B 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard, Van Nuys, CA 91401

Harbor:    Thursday February 25, 2010, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Cabrillo-Marina Community Center, Community Room 224 Whalers Walk, San Pedro, CA 90731

East: Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Ramona Hall Community Center, Community Room 4580 North Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065

Written and oral comments will be taken at the public hearings for consideration. Persons unable to attend one of the public hearings may still submit testimony, comments or suggestions until March 3, 2010 in one of the following ways:

By internet:    ladotlbl.tmdinc.net
By telephone message: 213-455-0880
By mail:    Philip Aker, Hearing Officer
LADOT 201
North Los Angeles St., #18B
Los Angeles, CA 90012
By email:    hearingofficer@store.ladottransit.com

At the close of the public hearing period on March 3, 2010, LADOT will formulate the final set of recommendations to submit to the Los Angeles City Council for approval. Once approved by the Los Angeles City Council, the changes will go into effect on July 1, 2010.
LADOT is dedicated to moving Los Angeles forward as quickly and safely as possible.

Drivers, bus riders, bicyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to visit LADOT’s website at www.ladot.lacity.org for information about DASH, Commuter Express, bicycling in the City and an array of transportation services.

Area commuters can visit the Department’s website for real-time traffic and parking facilities information. Real- time traffic reports are a product of LADOT, innovators of the Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control System (ATSAC) technology.
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  • Matthew Pearson

    Home | Data | Report | RecommendationsWhat is a Comprehensive Transit Service
    and Policy Assessment (CTSPA)?
    An in-depth study of DASH, Commuter Express, Cityride, and Charter Bus service to identify recommendations on how to best address a large budget deficit while continuing to provide the most effective and cost efficient service possible.
    Recommendations to address those findings
    Through a successful CTSPA, LADOT can build advocacy for increased public funding

    Why is a CTSPA Necessary?
    Current Economic Climate
    Sources of revenue are scarce in today’s economy
    Projected budget deficit of $350 million over next ten years;
    $23 Million projected deficit in FY 2010-11
    Most service is subsidized since current fare revenue does
    not cover total costs to operate service
    Prioritize resources in needed areas
    Review Service Performance
    Duplication of regional service
    Revisit transit’s role as part of the regional system
    Performance of service in community and low density areas

    What will be studied?
    DASH and Commuter Express Service Performance
    How productive is the service?
    Where can LADOT prioritize its resource commitments?
    How are services funded?
    Cityride and Charter Bus
    What is the best combination of social benefits and cost effectiveness?
    Impacts of programs to traditional transit service
    Fares
    Is the current fare structure fair?
    What are the impacts of increasing fares?
    Service Delivery
    What are the operational issues that affect service delivery?
    How can we reduce delay and thus reduce cost?

    What is the CTSPA Process?
    Data Collection and Analysis
    Review system performance
    Map routes
    Conduct fare study and peer review
    Public Participation
    Riders
    Council District Presentations
    Neighborhood Councils, Businesses
    Website and Online Surveys
    Recommendations
    Service alternative
    Preferred Service Plan

    What are the Keys to a Successful CTSPA?
    Focus on the Customer
    Determine how LADOT can serve customer travel needs given the funding shortfall
    Keeping the Community Engaged
    Communicate regularly with stakeholders and the public
    Attention to Service Quality
    Focus on the customer experience even through possible service reductions

    What is the Project Schedule?
    August
    Complete data collection and analysis
    September
    Begin Council District meetings
    Develop project website
    Issue online survey
    November-December
    Present preliminary service and fare findings
    Obtain feedback through website and survey
    January-February
    Finalize findings
    Present recommendations to City Council
    Your Information
    Name:

    Email:

    Telephone:

    Your Comments:To whom it may Concern;
    Dear Ladot I ferel that we should Keep the Service we now have, and because of the we are 2 billion plus + in a Hole California alone we need to help the peiople get through these times. Also with Mta going on strick again soon, LADOT WILL come shine very bright in the eyes of the people who need tranportation.Now last but not lest we need to exstend the Ladot Dash but that goes done Gower truns on SUnset to Western to Egdmont.to make a left turn on edgemont and make a stop by Kiaser Hospital turn around and continue on it Journey to edgemonet.for all the peopl in the naighborhood who are diabled and can not walk for Edgmont and foutain to Sunset. this would help a ver lot for us.
    this concoulds ehis E-mail please feel free to contact me for fother Quistions and information
    323-463-7131
    sincerly
    Matthew Pearson

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