Calling DASH Community Bus Service in his district “inadequate,” Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo Tuesday introduced a motion to expand the service in his district, which includes Pico-Union, Highland Park, Glassell Park, Westlake, Lincoln Heights, Chinatown and more.

“There continue to be unmet transit needs in Council District 1 and the current DASH services are inadequate in terms of the service area, frequency, and hours of operation,” Cedillo said. “Many of the area’s transit-dependent population are employed during times of the day that DASH service is not available. It is critical that employees, especially front-line and essential workers, and the elderly have access to clean, reliable, and affordable transportation.”

DASH, which is run by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, provides fixed-route shuttle service throughout Los Angeles. Cedillo’s motion would implement the proposed Glassell Park-Highland Park DASH line and expand service for the existing Highland Park-Eagle Rock line.

If the motion is approved, the transportation department would also be instructed to prioritize deploying electric vehicles on the Pico-Union/Echo Park, Boyle Heights, El Sereno/City Terrace and Lincoln Heights/Chinatown lines. Cedillo noted that many residents in Council District 1 are disproportionately exposed to air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust.

Cedillo said he introduced the motion as COVID-19 positivity rates decrease and more of his constituents are “out and about” and need better public transportation.

“Our senior citizens, students, and families need improved shuttle services to enhance their mobility. My motion will help address this unmet transportation need as well as reduce my constituents’ exposure to pollution with a priority to deploy electric DASH vehicles,” he said.

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