Los Angeles Department of Transportation

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Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Headquarters 100 S. Main Street
Locale Los Angeles, California, United States
Service type bus service, paratransit, transportation planning
Routes 36 DASH, 16 Commuter Express, 2 shuttles
Website LADOT
Birds-eye view of the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters building, where the department is housed

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation, commonly referred to as LADOT, is an agency created by Los Angeles City Ordinance, and is governed by a citizen commission. The LADOT is best known for providing public transportation to the City of Los Angeles. It currently operates the second largest fleet in Los Angeles County next to LACMTA. It consist of over 300 vehicles, serving nearly 30 million passengers a year and operating over 800,000 hours.

LADOT also develops the traffic signal timing and transportation planning for the city. Actual road maintenance, construction, and operation is provided by the Los Angeles City Department of Public Works. The LADOT performs many different transportation related duties:

This Department is responsible for the development of plans to meet the ground transportation needs of the traveling public and commerce; it has centralized authority over the conceptual planning and operation of the City’s streets and highways system; and it provides a primary interface with the other government agencies on transportation matters. The Department studies traffic problems; analyzes the effect of new development on parking and highway needs; designs, installs and maintains traffic signs, signals, parking meters, street name signs, line striping and other transportation control devices; develops and operates bus transit programs for the general public and the elderly and disabled; coordinates the development of off-street parking; enforces parking regulations; administers the City’s Administrative Adjudication Program for parking citation appeals; collects parking violation revenues; collects parking meter revenue; provides for intersection control; provides crossing guard services at public and parochial schools; provides public utility regulation through investigation of services and rates of the privately owned public utilities, such as taxicabs, ambulances and sightseeing vehicles; and prepares and enforces provisions of franchises. - From pg. 36 "Your Government at a Glance, Facts About the City of Los Angeles" 2006 Edition by Frank T. Martinez, Los Angeles City Clerk.

LADOT is one of the few transportation agencies to have a song sung about it. L.A. Dot, with music by Randy Rogel, tells the story of the Animaniacs character Dot as she watches buses go by with her name.[1]

Current LADOT transit services[edit]

DASH[edit]

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DASH (Downtown Area Short Hop) currently operates 30 routes covering Downtown Los Angeles and many outlying communities within the City. Its primary function is to provide localized service and is a feeder into the countywide MTA Metro service.

A typical DASH bus.

DASH Community Routes include:

  • Downtown A: Little Tokyo/City West (connects with Metro Red Line, Metro Gold Line, Metro Blue Line and Metro Expo Line)
  • King-East
  • Los Feliz (weekdays)/Weekend Observatory Shuttle (connects with the Metro Red Line) (LADOT community connection #203)
  • Vermont/Main

Most DASH buses are El Dorado EZ-Rider vehicles powered by clean propane fuel. The first two digits of DASH bus numbers denote which year the bus came into service. For instance, 98001 denotes 1998 and 06301 denotes 2006. All DASH buses are 30 feet (9.1 m) long, making it easier for dense neighborhoods where there are narrower streets and tighter turns.

Fares[edit]

Fare Type Fare
One-way $0.50
One-way (S/D/M) $0.25
60 Trip Tickets $30.00
Monthly Pass $18.00

LADOT DASH is free to Metrolink/EZ Pass holders and children age 4 (maximum of 2 with an accompanying adult).

LADOT DASH Current Bus fleet[edit]

Make and
Model
Picture Year Numbers
(Quantity Ordered)
Engine and
Transmission
Fuel Type Notes
30 feet in length
ElDorado National E-Z Rider

99018 99059

1999–2000 99006-99037, 99040-99070
(63 buses)
  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane
  • Mostly Retired.
  • 5 units remain in service (99049-99051, 99053, & 99070)
ElDorado National E-Z Rider II

02003 02077

2002 02001-02040

02042-02078
(77 buses)

  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane
  • 02001-02004, 02006-02033 are assigned to Veolia Transportation (Downtown Los Angeles).
  • 02005, 02035-02040 & 02075-02078 are assigned to Veolia Transportation (Mid-City).
  • 02042-02044, 02068-02074 are assigned to MV Transportation (South LA Region).
  • 02045-02067 are assigned to MV Transportation (North LA Region)
ElDorado National E-Z Rider II 03006 2003 03001-03008
(8 buses)
  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane
  • Assigned to Veolia Transportation (Mid-City routes only)
ElDorado National E-Z Rider II MAX

06301 06318

2006 06301-06319
(19 buses)
  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane
  • 06301-06307 are assigned to Veolia Transportation (Mid-City).
  • 06308-06312, 06314 are assigned to MV Transportation (San Fernando Valley).
  • 06315-06317 are assigned to Veolia Transportation (Downtown Los Angeles).
  • 06313, 06318-06319 are assigned to MV Transportation (North LA Region).
ElDorado National E-Z Rider II MAX 07302

07302

2007 07301-07305
(5 buses)
  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane
  • All units assigned to MV Transportation (North LA Region)
ElDorado National E-Z Rider II MAX 09321 2009 09301-09324
(24 buses)
  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane
  • These buses are first ones to feature Automated Announcements by Hanover Displays Ltd.
  • 09301-09302 are assigned to Veolia Transportation (Downtown Los Angeles)
  • 09303-09306, & 09314-09324 are assigned to MV Transportation (South LA Region)
  • 09307-09313 are assigned to MV Transportation (San Fernando Valley)
StarTrans Classic American Trolley 11203 2011 11201-11203
(3 buses)
? Propane
  • Assigned to Veolia Transportation (Mid-City).
  • Units are used as spares.
ElDorado National Axess BRT 12301

12310

2012 12301-12314
(14 buses)
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G
  • Allison B400R
CNG
  • All units assigned to Veolia Transportation (Downtown Los Angeles)
El Dorado National EZ Rider BRT 12316

12329 12335

2012 12315-12336
(22 buses)
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G
  • Allison B300R
CNG
  • 12315-12316 are assigned to Veolia Transportation (Downtown Los Angeles)
  • 12317-12322 are assigned to MV Transportation (South LA Region)
  • 12323-12326 are assigned to MV Transportation (San Fernando Valley)
  • 12327-12336 are assigned to Veolia Transportation (Mid-City)
El Dorado National EZ Rider BRT 2013 13301-13322
(22 buses)
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G
  • Allison B300R
CNG
  • 13301-13321 are assigned to Veolia Transportation (Downtown LA & Mid-City)
  • 13322 is assigned to MV Transportation (South L.A Region)
ElDorado National Axess BRT 2013 13323-13328
(6 buses)
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G
  • Allison B400R
CNG
  • 13323-13324 are assigned to Veolia Transportation (Downtown LA)
  • 13325-13328 are assigned to Veolia Transportation (Mid-City)

LADOT DASH Retired bus fleet[edit]

Make and
Model
Picture Year Numbers
(Quantity Ordered)
Engine and
Transmission
Fuel Type Retired Notes
Gillig Phantom 87031[1] 1987 87029-87032
(4 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison HT-747
Diesel 2012
  • Ex- 14446-14449
  • Formerly was operated by MV Transportation (South LA Region)
ElDorado National Escort RE 92093 1992 92093
(1 bus)
  • Formerly operated by First Transit (Downtown Los Angeles).
Bluebird CSFE 3703 96004 1996
  • These buses run on Watts route.
  • Formerly operated by Veolia DASH5A.
Orion 05.505 CNG 1996 96501
(1 bus)
CNG 2012
  • Ex-Sacramento RT 9656
  • Formerly was operated by MV Transportation (South LA Region).
ElDorado National Escort RE 20002 199? 20001-?????,
  • Formerly was operated by First Transit 6.
El Dorado Transmark 98014 1998 98001-98014
(14 buses)
  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane 2009
  • Formerly operated by Veolia DASH5A.
ElDorado National E-Z Rider 98017

98029

1998 98015-98030
(16 buses)
  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane 2012
  • 98015-98019 were formerly operated at Veolia Transportation (Mid-City)
  • 98020-98030 were formerly operated by Veolia Transportation (Downtown Los Angeles)
El Dorado Transmark 98031 1999 98031
(1 bus)
Propane
ElDorado National Escort RE 99002 1999 99002
(1 bus)
Electric 2010
  • Formerly operated by MV Transportation 1&2 & Veolia Dash 1&2
Freightliner Supreme Classic Trolley 01002 2001 01001-01003
(3 buses)
Diesel 2011
  • These are trolleys that used to run on Propane. They these vehicles were used for the Observatory Shuttle (shuttle to the Griffith Observatory) and Lincoln Heights/Chinatown route.
  • Formerly operated by Veolia Transportation (Mid-City).
ElDorado National E-Z Rider 01041 2001 01041
(1 bus)
  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane 2012
New Flyer MiDi 2014 14301
(1 bus)
Electric 2014
  • Operated only in Downtown L.A on route A
  • A pilot test bus for LADOT for 90 days
  • Was operated by Veolia Transportation

Commuter Express[edit]

Commuter Express is an express bus service, consisting of 13 routes, all but one running during rush hours only. Most routes were former Metro lines that were cancelled. Fares are based on a flat rate for travel on streets plus an extra charge based on the distance traveled on freeways.

Services[edit]

Unless otherwise noted, all service operates weekdays rush hours only in the peak direction: towards Downtown LA during the AM rush and from Downtown LA during the PM rush.
Boarding Restrictions: For the purposes of this chart, closed-door means that customers are not allowed to use buses for local trips and open-door means that customers are allowed to use buses for local trips.

Route Terminals via Notes
142
[2]
San Pedro
Ports O'Call
Long Beach Transit Mall 7th Street, Ocean Boulevard
  • Daily service
  • Open-door along the entire route
409
[3]
Sylmar
Foothill Boulevard and Glenoaks Boulevard
Downtown LA
Hill Street and 12th Street
San Fernando Valley: Foothill Boulevard
Downtown LA: Flower & Figueroa Streets, 7th Street
  • Closed-door within Sunland, Tujunga and Downtown LA, open-door elsewhere
419
[4]
Chatsworth Station Downtown LA
University of Southern California
San Fernando Valley: Devonshire Street
Downtown LA: Hill Street, Figueroa Street
  • Closed-door between Alpine and Eighth Streets in Downtown LA, open-door elsewhere
422
[5]
Thousand Oaks
The Oaks Shopping Center
Downtown LA
University of Southern California
Ventura County: Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Agora Road
Downtown LA: Figueroa & Flower Streets
  • Service operates towards Thousand Oaks in the AM rush and towards Downtown LA in the PM rush
  • Closed-door within Downtown LA, open-door elsewhere
423
[6]
Thousand Oaks
Thousand Oaks Transit Center
Downtown LA
University of Southern California
Ventura County: Agora Road, Ventura Boulevard
Downtown LA: Figueroa & Flower Streets
  • Closed-door within Downtown LA, open-door elsewhere
431
[7]
Westwood
VA Medical Center Park and Ride
Downtown LA
Union Station
Westside: Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Glen Boulevard
Downtown LA: Venice Boulevard, Figueroa & Flower Streets, Grand & Olive Streets
  • Closed-door along the entire route
437
[8]
Venice
Pacific Avenue and Washington Boulevard
Downtown LA
Temple Street and Los Angeles Street
Westside: Culver Boulevard
Downtown LA: Figueroa & Flower Streets, Grand & Olive Streets
  • Closed-door along the entire route
438
[9]
Downtown LA
Temple Street and Los Angeles Street
Redondo Beach
Palos Verdes Boulevard and Via Valencia
Downtown LA Figueroa & Flower Streets
Beach Cities: Highland Avenue, Hermosa Avenue
  • Closed-door along the entire route
448
[10]
Downtown LA
Temple Street and Los Angeles Street
Rancho Palos Verdes
Crest Road and Crenshaw Boulevard
Downtown LA: Figueroa & Flower Streets
South Bay: Hawthorne Boulevard, Pacific Coast Highway
  • Closed-door along the entire route
534
[11]
Westwood
Wilshire Boulevard and Veteran Avenue
Downtown LA
Union Station
Westside: Wilshire Boulevard, Olympic Boulevard
Downtown LA: Figueroa & Flower Streets, 1st Street
  • Operates towards Westwood in the AM rush and towards Downtown in the PM rush
  • Open-door along the entire route
549
[12]
Encino
Encino Park and Ride
Pasadena
Lake Gold Line station
Burbank Boulevard, Ventura Freeway
  • Service is provided in both directions during peak hours.
  • This is a service with only designated pick up points between cities operating as a limited stop service.
573
[13]
Mission Hills
Chatsworth Street and Orion Street
Century City
Constellation Boulevard and Century Park West
San Fernando Valley: Balboa Boulevard
Westwood: Gayley Avenue, Wilshire Boulevard
  • Service is provided in both directions during peak hours.
  • Closed-door along the entire route, except at the Encino Park and Ride
574
[14]
Sylmar Metrolink station El Segundo
Space Park Drive and Aviation Boulevard
San Fernando Valley: Balboa Boulevard, Chatsworth Street
South Bay: Sepulveda Boulevard, Aviation Boulevard
  • Service operates towards the South Bay in the AM rush and towards Sylmar in the PM rush
  • Closed-door within the San Fernando Valley and south of Century Boulevard
Union Station/Bunker Hill Shuttle
[15]
Downtown LA
Union Station
Bunker Hill
Hope Street and 4th Street
Grand Avenue
  • Operates towards Bunker Hill in the AM rush and towards Union Station in the PM rush
  • Open-door along the entire route

On weekends, LADOT also operates the Observatory Shuttle, which provides access for tourists from the Vermont/Sunset rapid transit station to Griffith Observatory.

Commuter Express services are provided by a variety of suburban vehicles, including Gillig Phantoms, Neoplan Metroliners, and Stewart & Stevenson Apollo T-40s. Also part of the fleet are a small number of CNG powered Orion V coaches.

Fares[edit]

Fare Type General Senior/Disabled/Medicare
Base $1.50 $0.75
Zone 1 $2.50 $1.25
Zone 2 $3.00 $1.50
Zone 3 $3.75 $1.85
Zone 4 $4.25 $2.10
Transfer $0.25 $0.10

Trip Tickets and Monthly Passes[edit]

Fare Type 20 Trip Tickets Monthly Pass EZ Pass EZ Pass (S/D/M)
Base $30.00 $57.00 $84.00 $35.00
Zone 1 $46.00 $80.00 $106.00 $44.50
Zone 2 $56.00 $100.00 $128.00 $54.00
Zone 3 $67.00 $124.00 $150.00 $63.50
Zone 4 $75.00 $140.00 $172.00 $73.00

LADOT DASH Commuter Express Current Bus fleet[edit]

Make and
Model
Picture Year Numbers
(Quantity Ordered)
Engine and
Transmission
Fuel Type Notes
Neoplan USA AN345/3 024505 2002 024501-024505
(5 buses)
  • Detroit Detroit Diesel Series 60G
  • Allison B500R
CNG
Orion V 04403 2004 04401-04403
(3 buses)
  • Detroit Detroit Diesel Series 50MK-G
  • Allison B400R
CNG
  • Operated by MV Transportation Inc (lines 142, 438, 448, Metrolink Shuttle)
Motor Coach Industries D4000CT [2] 2011-2012 11401-11402, 12401-12493
(95 buses)
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G
  • Allison B500R
CNG
  • Operated by MV Transportation Inc (lines 409, 419, 422, 423, 437, 438, 448, 549, 573, 574, Metrolink Shuttle)
  • On July 11, 2012 unit 12489 was involved in a collision involving a high speed pursuit car on the 170 freeway south, but was returned to service a few months later.
ElDorado National Axess BRT 2013 13401-13403?
(? buses)
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G
  • Allison B400R
CNG
  • 13401-13403 are assigned to MV Transportation (Line 142)
  • These units are equipped with sportworks bike racks for up to 3 bikes

Retired Bus fleet[edit]

Make and
Model
Picture Year Numbers Engine and
Transmission
Fuel Type Retired Notes
Gillig Phantom 85004

[3]

1985 85001-85004
(4 buses)
Diesel 2011
  • Ex-Laidlaw 5489-5491.
  • Repowered from Detroit Diesel 6V92TA in 2000.
  • Formerly by First Transit (lines 142,431,437,438,448,534,Metrolink Shuttle)
Gillig Phantom 87020

[4]

1987 87001-87028
(28 buses)
Diesel 2011/2012
  • Ex- 14400 series
  • Repowered from Detroit Diesel 6V92TA in 2003-2004.
  • 87007-87019,87021,87025 was formerly by MV Transportation Inc (lines 422,423,549,573,413,575)
  • 87001,87003-87005,87020,87022-87024,87026-87028 was formerly by First Tranit (lines 142,430,431,437,438,448,534,Metrolink Shuttle)
Gillig Phantom [5] 1988 88001-88010
(10 buses)
  • Cummins ISC
  • Allison HT-747
Diesel 2011-2012
  • Repowered from Detroit Diesel 6V92TA in 2003-2004
  • 88001-88006 was formerly by MV Transportation Inc (lines 422,423,549,573,413,575)
  • 88007-88010 was formerly operated by First Tansit (lines 142,430,431,437,438,448,534,Metrolink Shuttle)
  • 88009 is an Ex-OCTA unit.
Gillig Phantom 1988 88011-88013
(3 buses)
  • Cummins L10
  • Voith (?)
Diesel 2011-2012
  • Ex OCTA 4139 & 4143.
  • Formerly by First Transit (lines 142,431,437,438,448,534,Metrolink Shuttle)
Gillig Phantom 1991 91045
(1 bus)
Diesel
  • Ex-San Diego MTS 328.
  • Formerly operated by First Transit (lines 142,431,437,438,448,534,Metrolink Shuttle)
Neoplan AN440 [6]

[7]

Diesel
Neoplan Suburban AN440/3 40' [8] 1987 1113, 1128, 1155 and 1188


(4 buses)

  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison V731
Diesel
  • Ex-LACMTA
  • Leased between years?
TMC RTS-06 (T80-206) 1344 1992 1245, 1256, 1344, 1375,  ?
(5 buses)
Diesel 2010
  • Ex-LACMTA same #.
  • 5 units Leased between 2005 til 2010, formerly operated by MV Transportation (Line 422).
Neoplan AN340/3 92002 1992 92001-92038, 92060-92065
(44 buses)
  • Detroit Detroit Diesel Series 60
  • Allison HT-747
Diesel 2011-2012
Stewart and Stevenson Apollo T-40 92058 1992 92039-92044, 92046, 92048, 92050, 92052, 92054-92055, 92057-92058
(14 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR
  • Allison HT-747
Diesel December 2011
  • Repowered from Detroit Diesel 6V92TA in 2000-2001
  • Formerly operated by First Transit (lines 437,438,534,430,Metrolink Shuttle).
Gillig Phantom 8079 1994 8079
(1 bus)
Diesel
  • Ex-Denver RTD, leased by LADOT in early 2008.
  • This bus later sold to LACMTA by Veolia Transportation and renumbered as #9980 but retired in 2010.
Orion 05.505 CNG 1994 94401
(1 bus)
CNG 2012
  • Formerly operated by MV Transportation Inc (lines 142, 573, 574)
Gillig Phantom 96401 1994 96401
(1 bus)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison B400R
Diesel 2012
  • Ex- Foothill Transit.
  • Purchased in 2008 second-hand.
  • Originally had Detroit Diesel Series 50 engines.
  • Formerly operated by MV Transportation (lines 142,431,437,438,448,534,Metrolink Shuttle)
Gillig Phantom 96002 1996 96001-96005
(5 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison B400R
Diesel 2012/2013(?)
  • Ex-Veolia Transportation and Hertz airport shuttle unit
  • Formerly operated on lines 142,409,413,419,422,423,573,575
  • 96001-96004 is leased to Dumbarton Express by MV Transportation Inc
  • 96005 is retired

CityRide[edit]

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CityRide is a program for individuals in the City of Los Angeles, aged 65 or older and for qualified disabled persons.

LADOT Cityride Current Bus fleet[edit]

Make and
Model
Picture Year Numbers Engine and
Transmission
Fuel Type Assigned Divisions Notes
Ford E350/Aerotech [9] 2003 03101-031?? Diesel opreated by MV Transportation inc
Ford E350/Aerotech [10] 2009 09101-091?? Diesel opreated by MV Transportation inc

References[edit]

External links[edit]

LADOT DASH Eldorado EZ Rider II MAX #06318 Ladot Dash 06318

LADOT DASH's buses at Echo Park Ladot Dashes at...

LADOT DASH's at Maintenance Yard. Dashes at Maintenance yard

External links[edit]