Los Angeles Department of Transportation

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.

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] 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. All buses in the Commuter Express fleet are powered by low-emission CNG engines.

Route 142 operates more like a normal transit bus route, operating daily at all hours, using more typical transit buses. The route was previously operated by Long Beach Transit.[3]

Routes 419, 423, 431, 437, 438, and 448 are former Southern California Rapid Transit District lines that were transferred to LADOT.[4]

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
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
  • Closed-door along the entire route
  • Operates towards Downtown LA in the AM rush and towards El Segundo in the PM rush
  • For reverse commute service see Route 439
Redondo Beach
Redondo Beach station (short line)
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
  • Reverse commute service: operates towards El Segundo in the AM rush and towards Downtown LA in the PM rush
  • For traditional commute service see Route 438
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 Bl & 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
  • Timed to meet Metrolink trains
  • 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.

Fleet

Manufacturer Model Number Length Fleet Number Range Qty. Year Power type Service Notes
BYD K9S 35' 17301–17304 4 2017 Battery electric DASH
C10M 45' 21401–12530 130 2021 Commuter Express
ENC E-Z Rider II 30' 06301–06319 19 2006 Propane DASH
07301–07305 5 2007
09301–09324 24 2009
E-Z Rider II BRT 32' 12315–12336 22 2012 CNG DASH
13301–13322 22 2013
15355–15366 12 2015
17305–17314 10 2017
Axess BRT 35' 12301–12314 14 2012 CNG DASH
13323–13328 6 2013
15367–15375 8 2015
40' 13401–13403 3 2013 Commuter Express Used exclusively on Route 142
Gillig Low Floor BRT Plus 29' 15301–15354 54 2015 CNG DASH
MCI D4000CT 40' 11401–11402 2 2011 CNG Commuter Express
12401–12493 93 2012
D4500CT 45' 16401–16409 9 2016 CNG Commuter Express
17401–17406 6 2017
Proterra Catalyst BE35 35' 20301–20325 25 2020 Battery electric DASH

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