Los Angeles Department of Transportation

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Los Angeles Department of Transportation
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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]

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:

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 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 towards Downtown LA during the AM rush and from Downtown LA during the PM rush. 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
[6]
San Pedro
Ports O'Call
Long Beach Transit Mall 7th Street, Ocean Boulevard
  • Daily service
  • Open-door along the entire route
409
[7]
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
[8]
Chatsworth Station Downtown LA
University of Southern California
San Fernando Valley: Devonshire Street
Downtown LA: Hill Street, Figueroa Street
  • Closed-door between Alpine and 8th Streets in Downtown LA, open-door elsewhere
422
[9]
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
[10]
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
[11]
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
[12]
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
[13]
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
[14]
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
[15]
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
[16]
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
[17]
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
[18]
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
[19]
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 $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[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.

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