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DOT Looking At Music Center DASH

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, April 09, 2008, at 12:28PM
ae15 Ed Fuentes

The city's Department of Transportation is in talks with the Music Center on the idea of a DASH route that would connect the Civic Center Red Line station with venues at the top of Bunker Hill. The project's goal would be to make the Metro a more attractive option for getting to Downtown's cultural venues.

The potential route would be modeled on the Art Walk DASH, with private funds for operation and DOT providing the vehicles. A report submitted to council last week suggested that the cost of the service would be picked up by the Music Center venues, and perhaps rolled into event ticket prices.

Last February Councilmembers Gruel, LaBonge and Perry put forward a motion asking DOT to come up with ideas for improving transit access to Downtown culture. This report is a followup to the discussion from that motion.

Also discussed was charter bus service from outlying areas, similar to that done for the Hollywood Bowl. Service from the westside is particularly under study.

The LA Opera currently operates such a service, but has seen reduced ridership of late. The report notes that Opera officials believe that might have to do with the five hour runtime of the current production.

DOT Report to Council (4/2/2008)


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