Changes Coming to Local DASH Routes

Significant updates and upgrades to local DASH bus service are imminent, per Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s annual city budget, which went into effect July 1st for the fiscal year 2017-2018.

Garcetti allocated $14 million in this year’s budget for additional operating costs for more frequent DASH service, weekend DASH service and new DASH buses.

“It is expected that [Los Angeles] City Council will act on LADOT’s recommendations for expanded transit service within the next six months,” LADOT Transit Planning Manager Susan Bok said in an email.

According to Bok, a number of proposed changes will be made to service and routes in the Los Feliz area (Council Districts 4 and 13), including shortening wait times to a maximum of 15 minutes and the addition of weekend service throughout both districts.

Some notable changes for DASH include:

DASH Hollywood: The route will be expanded south from its existing Fountain Avenue boundary to Santa Monica Boulevard and east from Highland Avenue to La Brea Avenue.

DASH Los Feliz: There will be a major route change extending service into Silver Lake via Rowena Avenue and eliminating service north of Franklin Avenue between Vermont and Hillhurst avenues, which are now served by DASH Observatory.

DASH Observatory: This route will now be expanded to seven days a week and will run later into the evening.

According to Bok, a new route for Elysian Valley/Cypress Park will be proposed at a later time, if funding is available.

For more information, visit ladottransit.org/movingforwardtogether/

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