Three years ago Silver Lake residents tried to have the Los Feliz Dash bus line extended into Silver Lake, with a route looping around sections of Hyperion Avenue and Silver Lake and Sunset boulevards. That never happened. But the idea of a Silver Lake Dash bus route has resurfaced again, with the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Transportation and Public Works Committee scheduled to take up the issue tonight. Unlike MTA buses, Dash buses are smaller, the fares are cheaper and the neighborhood service is operated by the city’s Department of Transportation, which runs Dash buses in Los Feliz as well as Echo Park.
Tonight’s committee meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held in the community room of the Citibank branch, 2450 Glendale Boulevard.
* Update on Tuesday, March 13: Rusty Millar, chairman of the Transportation and Public Works committee, provided a recap of Monday night’s meeting:
Mr. Phil Akers from LA DOT was there for about an 1 ½ hours. The chances of getting a DASH line here or anywhere in the city are dependent upon funding. The costs are $82/hr. per bus and based on say 6 hours on a Saturday comes to about $51,000/yr. One of my goals was to include service to the more transit dependent southern part of the SLNC in a big loop around the commercial areas of SL. Sunset Blvd is currently served by several bus routes 24/7.
* Correction: A previous version of the post said that Nadine Trujillo was head of the Transportation and Public Works Committee. That’s wrong. The chairman is Rusty Millar.