Los Angeles Department of Transportation

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Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Logo ladot 159.png
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 a municipal agency that oversees transportation planning, design, construction, maintenance and operations within the City of Los Angeles. LADOT was created by City Ordinance, and is run by a General Manager appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles, under the oversight of a citizens' commission also appointed by the mayor. 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 and construction is provided by the Los Angeles City Department of Public Works. The LADOT performs many different transportation related duties, with six main operating groups: Parking Enforcement & Traffic Control, Operations, Project Delivery, Parking Management & Regulations, Transit Services, and Administration.[1]

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.[2]

Current LADOT transit services[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:

  • Crenshaw (connects with Metro Expo Line)
  • Downtown A: Little Tokyo/City West (connects with Metro Red Line, Metro Purple Line, Metro Gold Line, Metro Blue Line and Metro Expo Line)
  • King-East (connects with Metro Blue Line and Metro Expo Line)
  • Los Feliz (weekdays)/Weekend Observatory Shuttle (connects with the Metro Red Line) (LADOT community connection #203)
  • Midtown (connects with Metro Expo Line)
  • Pico Union/Echo Park (connects with the Metro Red Line, Metro Purple Line and Metro Blue Line)
  • San Pedro (LADOT community connection #147)
  • 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.


Fare Type CASH Fare (one-way) TAP Card Stored Value (one-way) 7-Day DASH Pass (Rolling) 31-Day DASH Pass (Rolling)
REGULAR $0.50 $0.35 $5.00 $18.00
SENIOR/DISABLED/MEDICARE $0.25 $0.15 $2.50 $9.00
STUDENT: K-12/COLLEGE/VOCATIONAL $0.25 $0.15 $2.50 $9.00
  LADOT DASH is free with a:
  -31-Day LADOT Pass
  -EZ Transit Pass
  -Metrolink Ticket or Pass
  -Access Services ID TAP Card 
  -and for Children, 4 years or younger (maximum of 2 children with fare paying adults).

Commuter Express[edit]

Commuter Express is an express bus service, consisting of 13 routes, all but one running during rush hours only. Service started in 1985.[3] Routes 419, 423, 431, 437, 438, and 448 are former Metro lines that were cancelled;[4] Route 142 had been previously operated by Long Beach Transit.[5] Fares are based on a flat rate for travel on streets plus an extra charge based on the distance traveled on freeways.


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.

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.


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 $110.00 $42.00
Zone 1 $46.00 $80.00 $132.00 $51.50
Zone 2 $56.00 $100.00 $154.00 $61.00
Zone 3 $67.00 $124.00 $176.00 $70.50
Zone 4 $75.00 $140.00 $198.00 $80.00



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


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "L.A. Dot", Lyrics from "HOORAY FOR NORTH HOLLYWOOD" (Episodes 95 and 96) Animaniacs Mega Lyrics File
  3. ^ LADOT Short Range Transit Plan FY 2011-12, Retrieved 2014-09-20
  4. ^ 1985 RTD Bus Map, Retrieved 2014-09-20
  5. ^ 1989 RTD Bus System Map, Retrieved 2014-09-20

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