Park Visits Easier Now with Expanded Bus Service
The city will begin weekday DASH bus service to Griffith Observatory and the Greek Theatre beginning Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in an effort to improve access and reduce traffic congestion, according to a statement released today by the Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks.
According to the statement, with weekend service already in place, there will be access every day from the Metro Red Line Vermont/Sunset Station to the two historic venues, local hiking trails and Hollywood Sign viewing.
“Griffith Park is an L.A. treasure — and everyone should be able to experience the amazing natural scenery, breathtaking views and incredible attractions,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in the statement. “Expanded DASH service will give both Angelenos and visitors a convenient, affordable alternative to taking their cars up there — making it easier on the environment, taking the hassle out of finding a parking spot and giving people more time to enjoy a place that has so much to offer.”
The new DASH Observatory bus service, will run seven days a week, including Mondays when the Observatory is closed. Hours will be daily from 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m. weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. weekend days. The DASH Observatory buses will run every 20 minutes, with stops in Griffith Park at the Greek Theatre, Griffith Observatory and Mt. Hollywood Drive, as well as along Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz Village.
“Griffith Park is the crown jewel of the city’s park system, but it is being loved to death,” Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu, who oversees the area, said. “This plan provides Angelenos and tourists with alternative transportation options which will improve overall traffic circulation, increase park access and provide safeguards for negatively impacted neighborhoods near Griffith Park and the Hollywood Sign.”
The Dept. of Recreation and Parks has been working to improve traffic flow with some physical and directional changes already implemented on the roads around the observatory.
“Step by step, we are making changes to improve access and the visitor experience in and around Griffith Park,” said Michael Shull, General Manager, of the Dept. of Recreation and Parks. “All of these changes are part of a larger initiative to manage the ever-growing popularity of the Greek Theatre, Griffith Observatory and Griffith Park hiking trails.”
The expanded service will be funded from revenues generated by new paid parking stations in the Griffith Observatory parking lot and along its main access road. The pay stations will also operate the same hours as the observatory, including Mondays. The charge for parking will be $4 per hour, with no time limit, starting March 21.
“The new DASH Observatory Shuttle will help visitors from around the world take advantage of the Park’s numerous recreational and educational attractions, including viewing the iconic Hollywood Sign. At the same time, the shuttle is an important step in lessening the auto traffic burdening the neighborhoods adjoining the Sign,” said Chris Baumgart, chair of the Hollywood Sign Trust. “This is an example of the city of Los Angeles listening to the community and we congratulate the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and Councilmember David Ryu, 4th Council District, on making this happen.”