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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Will Dash buses ever roll through Silver Lake?

Photo from LADOT

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.

7 comments

  1. Does anybody remember the mini ride? For 10 cents my grandmother and I shopped all over downtown. The giant penny store, the grand central market, Broadway use to be so busy with shoppers….

  2. Great idea, but can’t make the meeting. Can someone on the NC please tell community members how their comments can be entered into the record, if they’re not able to make it?

  3. The Los Feliz DASH is a lifeline for me to get to Vermont/Sunset Red Line station. It’s quite the hike to get from Los Feliz Blvd to the station, and the DASH keeps me from using my car when I want to get Downtown or need to go to Union Station.

  4. The Silver Lake DASH line is long overdue!

  5. It is an idea whose time has come and I have every confidence it will become a reality.

  6. Why couldnt Chamber of Commerce organize silverlake businesses to subsidize a Dash? Parking is the main problem in SL, anything that reduces that need would be a boon for business. A dash would reduce need for parking.

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