Service changes went into effect Saturday on DASH’s Downtown D and Downtown E bus routes as part of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s New Service Plan.

The Downtown E route has extended service on Seventh Street to Alvarado Street and the Metro Westlake/MacArthur Park B (Red) Line Station. The E route’s deviation on Sixth Street was eliminated.

“Our senior citizens, students, and families deserve improved services to enhance their mobility and this is one step towards the right direction to help meet our transit needs in our communities that rely heavily on these services,” said Councilman Gil Cedillo, who introduced a motion requesting LADOT deploy additional DASH E buses into his district.

The Downtown D route was also changed, now operating along Broadway south of Olympic Boulevard and ending service at Grand Avenue and Washington Boulevard, LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds said.

The route previously ran along Hill Street, Pico Boulevard, Grand Avenue and Olive Street south of Olympic Boulevard. Riders will still be able to access the Los Angeles Trade Technical College and the Grand/LATTC Metro A (Blue) Line Station.

“The expansion of DASH routes in Downtown LA comes at an opportune time as the city begins its reopening efforts,” said Councilman Kevin de León.

“Expanded routes will mean better service for more public transit users and keeps LA transit goals moving in the right direction.”

The changes are part of the LADOT New Service Plan that was approved by the City Council in 2018.

“Easy, affordable and safe transportation options for Angelenos are key to our region’s long-term recovery including investments in public transit,” Reynolds said.

“These changes to DASH Routes D and E are just the start of our planned transit service expansion and will provide better and faster service to current and future riders.”

The next service expansion will occur on July 31, when DASH introduces a new route serving Sylmar, operating between the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station and Mission College. That new route will be in operation from 6 am.-7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekends.

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