Los Angeles Department of Transportation
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HeadquartersCaltrans District 7 Headquarters Building
LocaleLos Angeles, California, US
Service typeBus services, paratransit, traffic operations, transportation planning
Routes15 Commuter Express
31 DASH
Websiteladot.lacity.org
ladottransit.com

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. 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 Metro. 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. LADOT performs many transportation related duties, with six main operating groups: Parking Enforcement & Traffic Control, Operations, Project Delivery, Parking Management & Regulations, Transit Services, and Administration.[1]

Current LADOT transit services

DASH

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DASH is LADOT's system of neighborhood circulator bus services. DASH buses serve to provide localized service in a neighborhood, and for passengers making longer trips, acting as a feeder to the countywide Metro Bus and Metro Rail system.

The name DASH started as acronym for Downtown Area Short Hop, the original purpose of the service. Since its launch in Downtown Los Angeles, DASH has expanded to 27 other neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles.

DASH buses are 30 feet (9.1 m) or 35 feet (11 m) long, making it easier to navigate in dense neighborhoods with narrower streets and tighter turns compared to a typical 40-foot (12 m) transit bus. All buses in the DASH fleet are powered by either low-emission CNG or Propane engines or are zero-emission battery electric buses.

A typical DASH bus.
A typical DASH bus.

DASH routes include:

Commuter Express

Commuter Express is an express bus service, consisting of 15 routes, all but one running during rush hours only. Service started in 1985.[2] Routes 419, 423, 431, 437, 438, and 448 are former Metro lines that were cancelled;[3] Route 142 was previously operated by Long Beach Transit.[4] Fares are based on a flat rate for travel on streets plus an extra charge based on the distance traveled on freeways.

Most Commuter Express buses are 40-foot (12 m) or 45-foot (14 m) MCI D-Series motorcoaches, offering a more comfortable ride on these longer routes. The only exception is route 142, which uses more typical transit buses. All buses in the Commuter Express fleet are powered by low-emission CNG engines.

Unless otherwise noted, all services operates towards Downtown LA during the morning rush and from Downtown LA during the afternoon 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
[5]
San Pedro
LA Waterfront
Long Beach
Long Beach Transit Mall
7th St, SR47, I-710, Ocean Bl
  • Daily service
  • Open-door along the entire route
409
[6]
Sylmar
Foothill Bl & Glenoaks Bl
Downtown LA
Hill St & 12th St
San Fernando Valley: Foothill Bl
Downtown LA: Flower St/Figueroa St, 7th St
  • Closed-door along the entire route, except at Glendale Park & Ride
419
[7]
Chatsworth
Chatsworth station
Downtown LA
University of Southern California
San Fernando Valley: Devonshire St
Downtown LA: Hill St, Figueroa St
  • Closed-door along the entire route, except at Devonshire St & Balboa Bl
422
[8]
Downtown LA
University of Southern California
Thousand Oaks
The Oaks Shopping Center
Downtown LA: Figueroa St/Flower St
Ventura County: Thousand Oaks Bl, Agora Rd
  • 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
[9]
Thousand Oaks
Thousand Oaks Transit Center
Downtown LA
University of Southern California
Ventura County: Agora Rd, Ventura Bl
Downtown LA: Figueroa St/Flower St
  • Closed-door along the entire route, except at Ventura Bl & Topanga Canyon Bl and Encino Park & Ride
431
[10]
Westwood
Sepulveda Bl & Ohio Av
Downtown LA
Union Station
Westside: Wilshire Bl, Beverly Glen Bl
Downtown LA: Venice Bl, Figueroa St/Flower St, Grand St/Olive St
  • Closed-door along the entire route
437
[11]
Venice
Pacific Av & Washington Bl
Downtown LA
Temple St & Vignes St
Westside: Culver Bl, Jefferson Bl
Downtown LA: Figueroa St/Flower St, Grand St/Olive St
  • Closed-door along the entire route
438
[12]
Redondo Beach
Palos Verdes Bl & Via Valencia
Downtown LA
Union Station
Beach Cities: Highland Av, Hermosa Av
Downtown LA: Figueroa St/Flower St
Redondo Beach
Redondo Beach station (shortline)
439
[13]
Downtown LA
Union Station
El Segundo
El Segundo station
Downtown LA: Figueroa St/Flower St
El Segundo: Imperial Hwy, Douglas St
  • Closed-door within El Segundo, open-door elsewhere
  • The reverse of Route 438, heads to El Segundo during the A.M. rush hour & Downtown Los Angeles during the P.M. rush hour
448
[14]
Rancho Palos Verdes
Crest Rd & Crenshaw Bl
Downtown LA
Temple St & Los Angeles St
South Bay: Hawthorne Bl, Pacific Coast Hwy
Downtown LA: Figueroa St/Flower St
534
[15]
Downtown LA
Union Station
Westwood
Wilshire Bl & Veteran Av
Downtown LA: Figueroa St/Flower St, 1st St
Westside: Wilshire Bl, Olympic Bl
  • Operates towards Westwood in the AM rush and towards Downtown in the PM rush
  • Closed-door along the entire route
549
[16]
Encino
Encino Park and Ride
Pasadena
Lake station
Burbank Bl, SR134
  • 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
  • Open-door along the entire route
573
[17]
Mission Hills
Chatsworth St & Orion St
Century City
Constellation Bl & Century Park West
San Fernando Valley: Balboa Bl
Westwood: Gayley Av, Wilshire Bl
  • Service is provided in both directions during peak hours
  • Closed-door along the entire route, except at Balboa Blvd & Devonshire St and Encino Park & Ride
574
[18]
Sylmar
Sylmar/San Fernando station
El Segundo
Space Park Dr & Aviation Bl
San Fernando Valley: Balboa Bl, Chatsworth St
South Bay: Sepulveda Bl, Aviation Bl
  • Service operates towards the South Bay in the AM rush and towards Sylmar in the PM rush
  • Closed-door along the entire route, except at Balboa Bl & Devonshire St, Encino Park & Ride, and Sepulveda Bl & Century Bl (LAX)
Union Station/Bunker Hill Shuttle
[19]
Downtown LA
Union Station
Bunker Hill
Hope St & 4th St
Grand Av
  • Operates towards Bunker Hill in the AM rush and towards Union Station in the PM rush
  • Open-door along the entire route

CityRide

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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.

In popular culture

The transit agency makes a cameo appearance in the Animaniacs episode "Hooray for North Hollywood Part 2", where Dot Warner spots an LADOT bus, thinking it was named in her honor.[20] She then sings gleefully about it, but Yakko corrects his sister, telling her what LADOT actually means. Realizing her mistake, Dot nevertheless finishes her song on a positive note.

References

  1. ^ "Operating Groups : Department of Transportation : City of Los Angeles". LADOT. 29 September 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  2. ^ LADOT Short Range Transit Plan FY 2011-12, Retrieved 2014-09-20
  3. ^ 1985 RTD Bus Map, Retrieved 2014-09-20
  4. ^ 1989 RTD Bus System Map, Retrieved 2014-09-20
  5. ^ Commuter Express 142
  6. ^ Commuter Express409
  7. ^ Commuter Express 419
  8. ^ Commuter Express 422
  9. ^ Commuter Express 423
  10. ^ Commuter Express 431
  11. ^ Commuter Express 437
  12. ^ Commuter Express 438
  13. ^ Commuter Express 439
  14. ^ Commuter Express 448
  15. ^ Commuter Express 534
  16. ^ Commuter Express 549
  17. ^ Commuter Express 573
  18. ^ Commuter Express 574
  19. ^ Union station/bunker Hill Shuttle
  20. ^ "96- Discussing Animaniacs Episode 96 "Hooray for North Hollywood" Part Two". Listen Notes. Retrieved 2019-08-14.