LADOT Upgrading DASH, Commuter Express, Cityride – Asking for Input

LADOT DASH bus - photo via Walk Eagle Rock
LADOT DASH bus – photo via Walk Eagle Rock

The city of Los Angeles Transportation Department (LADOT) is proposing an extensive suite of changes to the way it operates transit. LADOT transit operations include DASH shuttle buses, Commuter Express buses, and Cityride service for the elderly and persons with disabilities.

The good news is that services are expanding. Generally, LADOT characterizes the planned citywide modifications as bringing service levels back up to what they were in 2010, when the agency had cut service to respond to budget shortfalls. There are ten new DASH lines planned. Existing DASH lines will run more frequently, and expand to later hours and weekends. Numerous DASH and Commuter Express lines are slated for minor tweaks, and a dozen are slated for major route changes.

Full proposals are available at the LADOT Transit website.

LADOT is requesting comments at a series of public meetings underway:

  • Tuesday 8/23Tonight from 6 to 7 p.m. at Glassell Park Senior Center at 3750 Verdugo Road in Glassell Park
  • Wednesday 8/24 – 6 to 7 p.m. at Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center at 11338 Santa Monica Boulevard in West L.A.
  • Monday 8/29 – 6 to 7 p.m. at San Pedro Library, Community Room at 931 South Gaffey Street in San Pedro
  • Tuesday 8/30 – 6 to 7 p.m. at Hollywood Recreation Center at 1122 Cole Avenue in Hollywood
  • Wednesday 8/31 – 6 to 7 p.m. at Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, Rm. 1A at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys

Comments can be given in person at meetings, via an online survey, by calling 213.995.4545, or via email to ideas[at]ladottransit.com and hearingofficer[at]store.ladottransit.com.

Streetsblog attended LADOT’s midday meeting yesterday in downtown L.A. The meeting included a review of planned changes, focused mostly on the extensive DASH network in downtown Los Angeles.  

For the past couple years, LADOT has worked with a consultant to develop proposals for route changes and new routes. Generally, changes involve streamlining routes by eliminating turns, and often moving service from secondary streets to primary arterials.

All DTLA DASH routes are planned to extend hours to 9 p.m. Additional changes planned include:

  • DASH Route A – route to be trimmed slightly at both ends
  • DASH Route B – new Sunday service, route to combine with Lincoln Heights DASH to create route extending from Lincoln Park to Staples Center
  • DASH Route D – frequency to increase, minor route changes near L.A. Trade Tech College
  • DASH Route E – weekday frequency to decrease from every five minutes to every six (Sunday frequency to increase), route modified to extend to MacArthur Park
  • DASH Route F – weekend hours to extend to 10 p.m., frequency to increase, extend route east to Arts District

A few public comments at yesterday’s meeting were critical of specific route modifications. Overall, the comments tended toward asking for additional service. With DASH service expanding from its present 6 p.m. end time to 9 and 10 p.m., downtown commenters requested even later service to connect with downtown destinations including bars and the Music Center. Late night DASH service was studied and recommended in 2008, but funding has been elusive.

If approved by the L.A. City Council, the DASH service modifications are expected to be implemented in January 2017.

In addition to service changes on existing DASH routes, LADOT is proposing ten new DASH routes:

  • Boyle Heights West* – route includes Cesar E Chavez Ave., Lorena St., Olympic Blvd., and Soto St.
  • Canoga Park* – route includes Topanga Canyon Blvd, Roscoe Blvd., Winnetka Ave., and Sherman Way
  • Elysian Valley/Cypress Park – route includes Fletcher Dr., Riverside Dr., North Figueroa St., and Griffin Ave.
  • Glassell Park/Highland Park – route includes San Fernando Rd, Division St., and York Blvd.
  • Mission Hills* – route includes Woodley Ave., Rinaldi St., San Fernando Mission Rd., and Chatsworth St.
  • North Hollywood – route includes Laurel Canyon Blvd., Vanowen St., Tujunga Ave., Oxnard St., Vineland Ave., and Lankershim Blvd.
  • Pacoima* – route includes Van Nuys Blvd., Glenoaks Blvd., Osborne St., and Roscoe Blvd.
  • Sun Valley – route includes Whitsett Ave., Strathern St., Vineland Ave., and Saticoy St.
  • Sylmar* – route includes Hubbard St., Sayre St., and Eldridge Ave.
  • Van Nuys/North Hills – route includes Haskell Ave., Woodley Ave., and Saticoy St.

Five phase 1 expansion routes (marked * above) would begin service 12 to 18 months after Fall, 2016, approval. Five additional routes would be added later, pending LADOT securing additional funding.

In addition to extensive DASH changes, there are route changes for two Commuter Express bus lines, also planned to take effect January 2017:

  • Line 142 (San Pedro to Long Beach) – modify San Pedro service from 7th Street to southern Gaffey Avenue
  • Line 437 (Marina Del Rey to DTLA) – add service to Playa Vista

Lastly there is also a restructuring of Cityride van and taxi service for seniors and people with disabilities. Quarterly fare purchase limits would be doubled, restoring 2010 service levels. Additional specifics are proposed for trip distances and use of taxis.

Public input on LADOT’s transit modifications will be received through September 9. The changes will go to the City Council this fall for approval.

  • stvr

    Eliminating all service to Hillhurst… wow! Just lost my red line access

  • Lorenzo Mutia

    Nothing against Mission Hills but I don’t know why their DASH is being prioritized over North Hollywood’s.

  • J K Drummond

    Have you been to any of the “DASH” hearings? Actually they want to change two Commuter Express Lines also.

    Have you seen LADOT’s website maps for their proposed disruptive
    changes in San Pedro? They hope to eliminate DASH service to the 25th
    & Western shopping center and cut out its northern and southern
    loops. LADOT wants to duplicate MTA’s 205 1st St. and 13th St. service in San Pedro.
    And they intend to drop Commuter Express 142’s 7th St to Ports of Call service and
    run it straight south on Gaffey, taking over the DASH’s 19th/25th Sts.
    loop but going only as far as Alma.

    This
    will impact domestic and security workers as well as ACCESS users whose
    use of ACCESS is determined by proximity to fixed route lines. I think
    SOCATA should be against this.

    LADOT’s website maps show their disruptive proposals for San Pedro DASH
    and Commuter Express 142 (San Pedro – Long Beach via Terminal Island
    becomes clearer.

    LADOT intends to remove the thrifty* DASH San
    )Pedro service to the shopping center at 25th & Western by deleting
    its loop south of 13th St. This is to be partially replaced with the
    more costly intercity Commuter Express 142 which will only go as far
    west as Alma, not to Western. CE 142 is proposed to be removed entirely
    from 7th St eastward from Gaffey down to its waterfront layover at Ports
    of Call**. Instead it will continue south on Gaffey St. to a 19th/25th
    St. loop west only to Alma, not fully replacing the DASH San Pedro loop
    which now goes all the way up to Western Ave.

    LADOT also want to
    remove all DASH service from Summerland, which is part of DASH San
    Pedro’s northern loop. Instead it will serve 1st St. from Centre (sic)
    St. all the way to Western Ave, duplicating MTA 205.

    DASH San
    Pedro’s southerly loop will travel 13th St. from Centre St. which curves
    northward into Weymouth Ave. eventually feeding into Western Ave. This
    will duplicate eastbound MTA 550 between 7th St. and Gaffey St.. MTA 205
    serves 13th westbound from Pacific Ave, but lays over*** at Gaffey St.
    After its layover it continues up to Weymouth Ave., which it takes only
    to 7th St. where it heads eastward on its northbound trips.

    San Pedro DASH proposal: http://ladottransit.com/movingforwardto … nPedro.pdf
    Commuter Express 142 proposal: http://ladottransit.com/movingforwardto … ges142.pdf

    Has
    anyone been to an LADOT “DASH” change proposal hearing? The Harbor
    area hearing is Monday August 29th from 6 to 7:30 at the San Pedro
    Libary.

    *free for MTA 7 & 30 day TAP holders until the end of the year.
    **Ports of Call is to be replaced by a new “attraction” called “San Pedro Public Market”
    ***This
    bottom of the hill 205 layover was forced on MTA by then Councilwoman Hahn,
    now Congresswoman, and likely soon to be MTA board member and County
    Supervisor. She was the worst horribly transit disruptive council representative
    San Pedro has ever had.

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