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AEG Proposes Nighttime DASH Route

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, September 02, 2008, at 01:34PM
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LADOT is working with AEG to develop a nighttime DASH route that would connect LA Live and the Music Center, providing service until midnight on Friday and Saturday evenings. DOT would provide the DASH buses, but private companies would be expected to provide for all operating costs.

Councilmembers Jan Perry and Wendy Greuel submitted a motion asking DOT to report on options for late night DASH service back in July.

Service would run on Friday and Saturday evenings, from the close of regular DASH service until midnight. Thursday night service would be considered if the necessary funding could be raised.

The proposed draft route would be a loop connecting LA Live and the Music Center. Service would head north on Figueroa from Pico, taking a right turn at 1st street, a right at Grand, a right at 7th, a left onto Flower, and completing the circuit by turning right at Pico.

Stops would be at Figueroa/12th, Figueroa/11th, Figueroa/Olympic, Figueroa/9th, Figueroa/7th, Figueroa/5th, Figueroa/3rd, 1st/Grand, Grand/2nd, Grand/4th, Grand/5th, Grand/6th, 7th/Hope, Flower/9th and Pico/Flower.

The route would offer greatly increased connectivity between hotels and nightlife options, but the new service would do little for Downtown residents.

Expansions of DASH service have been stymied by a significant deficit in Proposition A funding, which provides for the bulk of the city's transit funding. DOT estimates that the funding deficit will total $118 million over upcoming years.

DOT is in the process of estimating costs for the new route. Once costs are known, AEG and LA Inc. will begin to approach businesses and property owners to secure funding for the new service.


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