LADOT Transit announced a service expansion Thursday, including increased bus service, new Commuter Express Service, expanded benefits for Cityride and the introduction of an on-demand, shared-ride service on the Westside.
The expansion will also feature weekend service on all existing DASH routes, and evening service on DASH Downtown routes until 9 p.m.
LADOT Transit said the expansion comes following nearly two years of study and public engagement with thousands of Angelenos.
“Angelenos want new, green public transit options, and we’re delivering with new routes and technology to help ease congestion, cut emissions, and make it easier for people to get where they need to go,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
LADOT Transit said the expansion will feature 77 compressed natural gas and electric buses that will be housed at a new downtown facility as part of the agency’s commitment to clean air operations.
“Neighbors need options to get out of traffic in L.A., and expanding LADOT bus service gives people another way to get around Los Angeles,” said Councilman Mike Bonin, chairman of the Transportation Committee. “We recently launched an on-demand shuttle for Mar Vista, Del Rey, Venice and Palms, and the new Commuter Express Service that will take people between Playa Vista and downtown L.A. adds convenient and affordable options for people getting to their daily destinations. I’m thankful for the work of LADOT staff, and for the input of thousands of neighbors who requested these improvements.”
Since the beginning of April, eligible seniors and people with disabilities that use LADOT Transit’s Cityride service have received greater benefits as part of the plan, such as free fares on DASH buses, LADOT Transit said. Two new Commuter Express services, which connect Playa Vista and El Segundo with passengers to and from downtown, will begin on Monday.
In celebration of the expanded services, LADOT Transit said it will offer free DASH service on Saturday and Sunday.
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