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LADOT Seeking Input on Transit Cuts

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, February 19, 2010, at 11:24AM
Prep Ed Fuentes

A DASH bus is prepped outside Disney Hall to kick off 2008's Late Night DASH holiday pilot, which was privately funded.

The city's transportation department in January proposed the elimination of three Downtown DASH routes and doubled fares as part of a plan to eliminate a budget deficit now projected to reach $350 million over the next ten years.

It is currently holding a series of community meetings on the moves, and on Tuesday afternoon one of those hearings will be held Downtown at the Caltrans building.

The Central City East DASH, DASH C (South Park) and DASH DD (weekend) lines would be among eight citywide lines eliminated. DASH fares, currently a quarter, would rise to $0.35 in year one and $0.50 in year two. Commuter Express lines would also be affected, and a full list of changes can be found online.

According to LADOT, the moves proposed will generate $28 million in savings and new revenue for 2010 and $30.5 million starting in 2011. That's enough to balance the budget for the next two fiscal years, but starting in 2012 the department still expects a $10 million shortfall.

The department's findings will go to City Council before implementation.

Tuesday's meeting will take place at 3pm in the Caltrans Building's Community Center Conference Room.

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