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Get Ready to Ride: Holiday Late Night DASH Coming Friday!

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, November 19, 2008, at 04:08PM
Late Night DASH Map LADOT

How's this for instant gratification? Late Night DASH for the Holidays is getting announced today, and the first buses will be rolling around Downtown on Friday evening.

The six-week pilot program, to be formally announced at a press conference tomorrow afternoon, will allow riders to travel between L.A. Live, the Music Center, the Historic Core and the edge of the Fashion District from 6:30pm to 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.

Even better? The ride is free.

The pilot Late Night DASH service is timed to coordinate with the extension of hours on Metro's Red Line subway, which runs between Union Station and North Hollywood. That service, which also kicks off on Friday, extends the subway's closing time to 3am.

Late Night DASH buses will run approximately every ten minutes, with three buses circling the half-hour loop. Starting Friday, the service will run Friday and Saturday nights for six weeks and will also run on New Year's Eve, which falls on a Wednesday.

The route connects to the Red Line at 7th / Metro station. From there, riders can catch the loop in either direction. Going south, buses will travel down Flower street and connect to the Convention Center, Staples Center and L.A. Live. Going north, riders will travel east on 7th and then north on Main street through the Historic Core before riding up the hill to the Music Center and Grand Avenue. Along the way, they'll be able to access restaurants, bars, culture, shopping and even the Pershing Square ice rink.

Keep an eye out for at least one blogdowntown outing making use of our new late night service.

Like the Red Line extension, the Late Night DASH holiday pilot was made possible by private sector support. The six week program will cost $23,000 to run. Supporters hope to see a successful pilot lead to similar service continued in 2009.

Sponsors include: 213 Inc. - Broadway Bar, Casey's Irish Bar & Grill, Cole's Original French Dip, Golden Gopher & Seven Grand; The Association; Astani Enterprises; Barry Shy; blogdowntown; Brookfield Properties; City Loft Square; Historic Downtown BID; J Restaurant & Lounge; LA Live; Los Angeles City Councilmember Jan Perry; Los Angeles City Councilmember Wendy Greuel; Los Angeles Theatre; MerueloMaddux; Music Center; Pacific Electric Lofts; Patina Restaurant Group; Pete's Café; and Pitfire Pizza Co.

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