Transit advocates in Los Feliz and Silver Lake want one to connect their neighborhoods. The residents of Elysian Valley and Hermon also want their own. It seems that a DASH bus – those white-and-blue mini-buses funded by the city – are on the wish list of many neighborhoods. Now, a dozen years after the last DASH bus line was added, the L.A. Department of Transportation is in the process of identifying possible new routes, changes and expansion as part of a system-wide review.
The 2015 Transit Service Analysis has included community meetings and an online survey. LADOT has received between 25 to 30 requests for new DASH routes, according Russell Hasan, an LADOT official. How does the department determine if a new route is worthy of a DASH bus?
“New routes are evaluated using demographic factors (number of households without cars, income levels, etc) that are found in neighborhoods adjoining our most successful DASH routes as a way to predict each proposed route’s likely performance,” said Hasan said in an email.
Residents still have time to take the online survey before the preliminary recommendations are completed this fall. A final version is expected to be presented to the City Council by the end of the year, Hasan said.