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Halfway Through Pilot Phase, Central City East DASH Lacking Riders

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, December 18, 2008, at 12:16PM
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City officials and area stakeholders were on hand to kick off the new Central City East DASH service on September 4.

Service on the Central City East DASH kicked off in September, with officials touting the route as filling a hole on Downtown's east side. The six-month pilot program was made possible when a bus was freed up by the elimination of the City Hall Shuttle.

Three months later, ridership has yet to materialize. The route is currently averaging only six passengers per hour. Boosters are hoping that increased awareness of what's along the route will bring more riders in the new year.

System-wide, DASH averaged 47 riders per revenue hour in 2006. Downtown routes averaged 40 - 50 riders per revenue hour, with the highly under-performing DASH C drawing just 21.

The Central City East Association has put together a map that shows destinations along the 2.2 mile Central City East route. It's available as a PDF on the organization's website and highlights nearly fifty amenities on or adjacent to the line.

The report that created the new service asked LADOT to report back to Council on its performance after 180 days, roughly the beginning of March.

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