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Is your DASH bus service changing? See what the city has in mind for Eastside routes

There are big as well as small changes that might be coming to the DASH bus line serving your neighborhood.  After consultants and residents weighed in, the L.A. Department of Transportation has in recent months unveiled proposed service and route changes as well entirely new lines – including ones connecting Elysian Valley and Cypress Park and another connecting Glassell Park and Highland Park – for the public to review  But some of the changes designed as improvements require trade offs that are not going over well in some neighborhoods.

In Los Feliz, for example, extending the Los Feliz DASH to Silver Lake, which has been on the wish list of many residents for years, would mean service along all or portions of of Vermont and Hillhurst avenues would have to be eliminated, a proposal that has met with opposition. In Eagle Rock, the neighborhood council adopted a motion to preserve the current route of the Eagle Rock-Highland Park DASH after the the proposed changes would drop the route along Townsend Avenue in favor of new service along Eagle Rock Boulevard.   Meanwhile, changing the Boyle Heights-East L.A. DASH so it would connect with the Gold Line station at Indiana Street has met with some resistance because that would mean dropping service along Rowan Avenue, according to transportation officials.

The Department of Transportation is expected to make final recommendations to city leaders by the end of the year.  The public can still weigh in on the proposed changes by Sept. 30. Send comments to [email protected].

The new lines and increased frequency in part reflect the restoration of funding after the department made deep cuts to its budget and service in 2010.  Here’s an overview of the changes:

Boyle Heights – East L.A. DASH: The proposed changes extend the line from L.A. County-USC Medical Center to Lincoln Heights and also shift part of the line from Rowan to Indiana to stop at the Gold Line Station. However,  officials said there has been some push back about eliminating service on part of Rowan.  Also, service would be added on Sunday and hours and frequency increased.

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El Sereno – City Terrace DASH: What’s described as a “problem turn” at Huntington Drive and Eastern Avenue would be eliminated and weekday service increased to about every 15 minutes.

Discontinued segment in black | Click on map for larger version

Elysian Park – Cypress Park – This entirely new line should actually be called the Atwater Village-Cypress Park-Elysian-Valley-Glassell Park-Lincoln Heights-Montecito Heights DASH  given all the neighborhoods it would pass through. The new line would make it easier for Elysian Valley residents to get across the river to Cypress Park and the south side of Atwater. The route would also be close to but not connect with the Gold Line stations in Cypress Park and Lincoln Heights.

New route in blue | Click on map for larger version

New route in blue | Click on map for larger version

Glassell Park – Highland Park DASH: This entirely new route would not only serve the Gold Line Station in Highland Park but also all the new bars, restaurants and shops popping up on gentrifying York Boulevard and the north end of Figueroa Street.

New route in blue | Click on map for larger version

New route in blue | Click on map for larger version

Highland Park – Eagle Rock DASH:  Many Eagle Rock community leaders and residents have already voiced their concerns about eliminating the Townsend portion of the line in favor of a new segment on Eagle Rock Boulevard.  A loop through Garvanza would also be cut because of low ridership. There would be new Sunday service and increased frequency on weekdays.

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Lincoln Heights – Chinatown DASH: The proposed changes would extend the existing DASH B route north from Downtown to Chinatown and Lincoln Heights.  That means Lincoln Heights riders would not have to change buses to get to Downtown. However, several streets in Lincoln Heights would no longer be served.

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Los Feliz DASH: The big change to the Los Feliz DASH would reroute the line so it would connect Los Feliz and Silver Lake. However, this means that service on all or portions of Vermont and Hillhurst avenues would be eliminated, triggering opposition among some business owners and residents.

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Pico Union – Echo Park  DASH: Service would be increased to about every 10 minutes from about every 14 minutes during weekdays. Evening hours would also be extended.

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4 comments

  1. Hey Dash,

    How about replacing some of your obscenely loud and old busses on (a least) Echo Park Ave.? It is just really outrageous how loud they are. THANKS

  2. I’m glad to have this information because I use the DASH, but infrequently and not often enough to remember the timetable. Thanks for the update, Eastsider.

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