Los Angeles Department of Transportation


Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Headquarters 100 S. Main Street
Locale Los Angeles, California
Service type bus service, paratransit, transportation planning
Routes 36 DASH, 16 Commuter Express, 2 shuttles
Web site LADOT
Birds-eye view of the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters building, where the department is housed

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation, commonly referred to as LADOT, is an agency created by Los Angeles City Ordinance, and is governed by a citizen commission. The LADOT is best known for providing public transportation to the City of Los Angeles. It currently operates the second largest fleet in Los Angeles County next to LACMTA. It consist of over 300 vehicles, serving nearly 30 million passengers a year and operating over 800,000 hours.

LADOT also develops the traffic signal timing and transportation planning for the city. Actual road maintenance, construction, and operation is provided by the Los Angeles City Department of Public Works. The LADOT performs many different transportation related duties:

This Department is responsible for the development of plans to meet the ground transportation needs of the traveling public and commerce; it has centralized authority over the conceptual planning and operation of the City’s streets and highways system; and it provides a primary interface with the other government agencies on transportation matters. The Department studies traffic problems; analyzes the effect of new development on parking and highway needs; designs, installs and maintains traffic signs, signals, parking meters, street name signs, line striping and other transportation control devices; develops and operates bus transit programs for the general public and the elderly and disabled; coordinates the development of off-street parking; enforces parking regulations; administers the City’s Administrative Adjudication Program for parking citation appeals; collects parking violation revenues; collects parking meter revenue; provides for intersection control; provides crossing guard services at public and parochial schools; provides public utility regulation through investigation of services and rates of the privately owned public utilities, such as taxicabs, ambulances and sightseeing vehicles; and prepares and enforces provisions of franchises. - From pg. 36 "Your Government at a Glance, Facts About the City of Los Angeles" 2006 Edition by Frank T. Martinez, Los Angeles City Clerk.

LADOT is one of the few transportation agencies to have a song sung about it. L.A. Dot, with music by Randy Rogel, tells the story of the Animaniacs character Dot as she watches buses go by with her name.[1]

Contents

History

Los Angeles City Department of Traffic officer John K. Dancler was fired in 2009 after appearing in a pornographic video in 2008. He had appealed the firing. Fellow officer Vaughn Dorsey, who appeared in the video, is still employed by the Department of Transportation. Department of Transportation should not be confused with the LAPD as it is a separate department and is non-sworn.[2]

Current LADOT transit services

DASH

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DASH (Downtown Area Short Hop) currently operates 30 routes covering Downtown Los Angeles and many outlying communities within the City. Its primary function is to provide localized service and is a feeder into the countywide MTA Metro service.

A typical DASH bus.

DASH Community Routes include:

  • Beachwood Canyon (connects with the Metro Red Line) (LADOT community connection #208)
  • Boyle Heights/East LA (EX LACMTA #255)
  • Downtown A: Little Tokyo/City West (connects with Metro Red Line, Metro Gold Line and the Metro Blue Line)
  • Downtown E: City West/Financial District (connects with the Metro Red Line and Metro Blue Line)
  • Downtown F: Financial District Exposition Park/USC (connects with the Metro Red Line and Metro Blue Line
  • El Sereno/City Terrace
  • Hollywood (connects with the Metro Red Line)
  • King-East
  • Leimert/Slauson
  • Lincoln Heights /Chinatown (connects with the Metro Gold Line)
  • Los Feliz (connects with the Metro Red Line) (LADOT community connection #203)
  • Panorama City/Van Nuys
  • Pico Union/Echo Park (connects with the Metro Red Line)
  • Van Nuys/Studio City (connects with the Metro Orange Line)
  • Vermont/Main
  • Wilmington
  • Wilshire Center/Koreatown (connects with the Metro Red Line, Metro Purple Line )

Most DASH buses are El Dorado EZ-Rider vehicles powered by clean propane fuel. The first two digits of DASH bus numbers denote which year the bus came into service. For instance, 98001 denotes 1998 and 06301 denotes 2006. All DASH buses are 30 feet (9.1 m) long, making it easier for dense neighborhoods where there are narrower streets and tighter turns.

In August 2010, LADOT instituted the first fare hike in the history of the DASH system, raising fares from $0.25 to $0.35.[3] In 2011, DASH fares will be $0.50.

LADOT DASH Current Bus fleet

Make and
Model
Picture Year Numbers Engine and
Transmission
Fuel Type Assigned Divisions Notes
30 feet in length
Gillig Phantom 87031 1987 87029-87032 Diesel MV Transportation DASH5B
  • These buses run on San Pedro route.
ElDorado National E-Z Rider [1] 98017

98029

1998 98015-98030
  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane
  • 98015-98019 operate at Veolia-Dash1&2
  • 98020-98030 operate at Veolia-Dash6
  • 98015-98019 are retired.
ElDorado National E-Z Rider

99018 99059

1999–2000 99006-99037, 99040-99070
  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane
  • 99006 operate at Veolia-Dash1&2
  • 99007 operated at Veolia-Dash3
  • 99008-99019 operate at Veolia-Dash1&2
  • 99020-99035 operate at Veolia-Dash6
  • 99036-99037 operate at Veolia-Dash1&2
  • 99040-99046 operate at Veolia-Dash1&2
  • 99047-99048 operate at Veolia-Dash3
  • 99049-99060 operate at Veolia-Dash1&2
  • 99061-99069 operate at Veolia-Dash3
  • 99070 operate at Veolia-Dash1&2
  • 99006, 99007, 99009, 99013, 99014, 99048, 99063 and 99064 retired
Freightliner Supreme Classic Trolley 01002 2001 01001-01004 Diesel Veolia Dash 1 & 2
  • These are trolleys that run on Propane. They use these vehicles for the Observatory Shuttle (shuttle to the Griffith Observatory) and Lincoln Heights/Chinatown route.
ElDorado National E-Z Rider 01041 2001 01041
  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane Veolia Dash 1&2
ElDorado National E-Z Rider II

02003 02077

2002 02001-02078
  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane
  • 02001-02033 operate at Veolia-Dash6
  • 02034-02040 operate at Veolia-Dash1&2
  • 02041-02043
  • 02044 operate at Veolia-Dash5A
  • 02045-02066 operate at MV-Dash4
  • 02067
  • 02068-02074 operate at Veolia-Dash5A
  • 02075-02078 operate at Veolia-Dash1&2
ElDorado National E-Z Rider II 03001

03006

2003 03001-03008
  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane Veolia Dash 1&2
ElDorado National E-Z Rider II MAX

06301 06315 06318

2006 06301-06319
  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane
  • 06301-06307 operate at Veolia-Dash1&2
  • 06308-06314 operate at Veolia-Dash3
  • 06315-06317 operate at Veolia-Dash6
  • 06318-06319 operate at MV Transportation-Dash4
ElDorado National E-Z Rider II MAX 07302

07302

2007 07301-07305
  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane MV Transportation DASH4
ElDorado National E-Z Rider II MAX 09301

09302 09321

2009 09301-09324
  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane
  • 09301-09302 operate at Veolia-Dash6
  • 09303-09319
  • 09320-09324 operate at Veolia-Dash5A
StarTrans Classic American Trolley [2] 2011 11201-11203 ? Propane Veolia-Dash1&2
  • Mainly runs on Lincoln Heights/Chinatown route.

LADOT DASH Retired bus fleet

Make and
Model
Picture Year Numbers Engine and
Transmission
Fuel Type Ex-Assigned Divisions Retired Notes
ElDorado National Escort RE 92093 1992 92093 First Transit 6
Bluebird CSFE 3703 96004 1996 Veolia DASH5A
ElDorado National Escort RE 20002 199? 20001-?????, First Transit 6
El Dorado Transmark 98014 1998 98001-98014
  • Cummins Westport B LPG Plus
  • Allison B300R
Propane Veolia DASH5A
El Dorado Transmark 98031 1999 98031 Propane
ElDorado National Escort RE 99002 1999 99002 Electric MV Transportation 1&2

to Veolia Dash 1&2

2010

Commuter Express

Commuter Express is an express bus service, consisting of 13 routes, all but one running during rush hours only. Most routes were former Metro lines that were cancelled. Fares are based on a flat rate for travel on streets plus an extra charge based on the distance traveled on freeways.

Services

Unless otherwise noted, all service operates weekdays rush hours only in the peak direction: towards Downtown LA during the AM rush and from Downtown LA during the PM rush.
Boarding Restrictions: For the purposes of this chart, closed-door means that customers are not allowed to use buses for local trips and open-door means that customers are allowed to use buses for local trips.

Route Terminals via Notes
142
[4]
San Pedro
Ports O' Call
Long Beach
Long Beach Transit Mall
Seventh Street, Ocean Boulevard
  • Daily service
  • Open-door along the entire route
409
[5]
Sylmar
Foothill Boulevard and Glenoaks Boulevard
Downtown LA
Hill Street and 12th Street
San Fernando Valley: Foothill Boulevard
Downtown LA: Flower & Figueroa Streets, Seventh Street
  • Closed-door within Sunland, Tujunga and Downtown LA, open-door elsewhere.
419
[6]
Chatsworth Station Downtown LA
University of Southern California
San Fernando Valley: Devonshire Street
Downtown LA: Hill Street, Figueroa Street
  • Closed-door between Alpine and Eighth Streets in Downtown LA, open-door elsewhere.
422
[7]
Thousand Oaks
The Oaks Shopping Center
Downtown LA
University of Southern California
Ventura County: Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Agora Road
Downtown LA: Figueroa & Flower Streets
  • Service operates towards Thousand Oaks in the AM rush and towards Downtown LA in the PM rush.
  • Closed-door within Downtown LA, open-door elsewhere.
423
[8]
Thousand Oaks
Thousand Oaks Transit Center
Downtown LA
University of Southern California
Ventura County: Agora Road, Ventura Boulevard
Downtown LA: Figueroa & Flower Streets
  • Closed-door within Downtown LA, open-door elsewhere.
431
[9]
Westwood
VA Medical Center Park and Ride
Downtown LA
Union Station
Westside: Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Glen Boulevard
Downtown LA: Venice Boulevard, Figueroa & Flower Streets, Grand & Olive Streets
  • Closed-door along the entire route
437
[10]
Venice
Pacific Avenue and Washington Boulevard
Downtown LA
Temple Street and Los Angeles Street
Westside: Culver Boulevard
Downtown LA: Figueroa & Flower Streets, Grand & Olive Streets
  • Closed-door along the entire route
438
[11]
Downtown LA
Temple Street and Los Angeles Street
Redondo Beach
Palos Verdes Boulevard and Via Valencia
Downtown LA Figueroa & Flower Streets
Beach Cities: Highland Avenue, Hermosa Avenue
  • Closed-door along the entire route
448
[12]
Downtown LA
Temple Street and Los Angeles Street
Rancho Palos Verdes
Crest Road and Crenshaw Boulevard
Downtown LA: Figueroa & Flower Streets
South Bay: Hawthorne Boulevard, Pacific Coast Highway
  • Closed-door along the entire route.
534
[13]
Westwood
Wilshire Boulevard and Veteran Avenue
Downtown LA
Union Station
Westside: Wilshire Boulevard, Olympic Boulevard
Downtown LA: Figueroa & Flower Streets, First Street
  • Operates towards Westwood in the AM rush and towards Downtown in the PM rush.
  • Open-door along the entire route
549
[14]
Encino
Encino Park and Ride
Pasadena
Lake Gold Line station
Burbank Boulevard, Ventura Freeway
  • Service is provided in both directions during peak hours.
  • Open-door along the entire route
573
[15]
Mission Hills
Chatsworth Street and Orion Street
Century City
Constellation Boulevard and Century Park West
San Fernando Valley: Balboa Boulevard
Westwood: Gayley Avenue, Wilshire Boulevard
  • Service is provided in both directions during peak hours.
  • Closed-door along the entire route, except at the Encino Park and Ride.
574
[16]
Sylmar Metrolink station El Segundo
Space Park Drive and Aviation Boulevard
San Fernando Valley: Balboa Boulevard, Chatsworth Street
South Bay: Sepulveda Boulevard, Aviation Boulevard
  • Service operates towards the South Bay in the AM rush and towards Sylmar in the PM rush.
  • Closed-door within the San Fernando Valley and south of Century Boulevard.
Metrolink Shuttle
[17]
Downtown LA
Union Station
Bunker Hill
Hope Street and Fourth Street
Grand Avenue
  • Operates towards Bunker Hill in the AM rush and towards Union Station in the PM rush.
  • Open-door along the entire route

On weekends, LADOT also operates the Observatory Shuttle, which provides access for tourists from the Vermont/Sunset rapid transit station to Griffith Observatory.

Commuter Express services are provided by a variety of suburban vehicles, including Gillig Phantoms, Neoplan Metroliners, and Stewart & Stevenson Apollo T-40s. Also part of the fleet are a small number of CNG powered Orion V coaches.

LADOT DASH Commuter Express Current Bus fleet

Make and
Model
Picture Year Numbers Engine and
Transmission
Fuel Type Notes
Gillig Phantom 85004

[3]

1985 85001-85004 Diesel
  • Ex-Laidlaw 5489-5491.
  • Repowered from Detroit Diesel 6V92TA in 2000.
  • Operated by First Transit (lines 142,431,437,438,448,534,Metrolink Shuttle)
  • To be replaced by future bus order
Gillig Phantom 87020

[4]

1987 87001,87003-87005,87007-87028 Diesel
  • Repowered from Detroit Diesel 6V92TA in 2003-2004.
  • 87007-87019,87021,87025 is operated by MV Transportation Inc (lines 422,423,549,573)
  • 87001,87003-87005,87020,87022-87024,87026-87028 is operated by First Tranit (lines 142,431,437,438,448,534,Metrolink Shuttle)
  • To be replaced by future bus order
Gillig Phantom [5] 1988 88001-88010
  • Cummins ISC
  • Allison HT-747
Diesel
  • Repowered from Detroit Diesel 6V92TA in 2003-2004
  • 88001-88006 is operated by MV Transportation Inc (lines 422,423,549,573)
  • 88007-88010 is operated by First Tansit (lines 142,431,437,438,448,534,Metrolink Shuttle)
  • 88009 is an Ex-OCTA unit.
  • To be replaced by future bus order
Gillig Phantom 1988 88011-88013 Diesel
  • Ex OCTA 4139 & 4143.
  • Operated by First Transit (lines 142,431,437,438,448,534,Metrolink Shuttle)
  • To be replaced by future bus order
Gillig Phantom 1991 91045 Diesel
  • Ex-San Diego MTS 328.
  • Unknown if this bus is in service.
  • operated by First Transit (lines 142,431,437,438,448,534,Metrolink Shuttle)
Neoplan AN340/3 92002 1992 92001-92038, 92060-92065
  • Detroit Detroit Diesel Series 60
  • Allison HT-747
Diesel
  • Operated by MV Transportation Inc (lines 409,419,422,423,549,573,574)
  • 92060 is an Ex-Antelope Valley Transit Authority
  • Re-powered [ originally Detroit Diesel 8V-92 powered]
  • 92061-92062 is an Ex-Santa Clarita Transit
  • Re-powered [ originally Detroit Diesel 8V-92 powered]
  • 92063 is retired.
  • To be replaced by MCI D4500CT, with CNG Cummins 8.9liter engines.
Stewart and Stevenson Apollo T-40 92058 1992 92039-92044, 92046, 92048, 92050, 92052, 92054-92055, 92057-92058
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR
  • Allison HT-747
Diesel
  • Repowered from Detroit Diesel 6V92TA in 2000-2001
  • Operated by First Transit (lines 437,438,534,Metrolink Shuttle)
  • To be replaced by future bus order
Gillig Phantom 96401 1994 96401
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison B400R
Diesel
  • Ex- Foothill Transit.
  • Originally had Detroit Diesel Series 50 engines.
  • Operated by First Transit (lines 142,431,437,438,448,534,Metrolink Shuttle)
Gillig Phantom 96002 1996 96001-96005
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison B400R
Diesel
  • 96001-96005 are Ex-Veolia Transportation or Hertz airport shuttle units.
  • Opeated by MV Transportation Inc (lines 409,419,422,423,549,573)
Orion 05.505 CNG 1996 96501
  • Cummins L10G ?
  • ZF?
CNG
  • Ex-Sacramento RT 9656
  • Unknown if this bus is in service.
  • possibly operated by First Transit
Orion 05.505 CNG 1994 94401
  •  ?
  •  ?
CNG
  • operated by MV Transportation inc
Neoplan USA AN345/3 024505 2002 024501-024505
  • Detroit Detroit Diesel Series 60G
  • Allison B500R
CNG
  • Ex-Victor Valley Transit Authority 4501-4505
  • Operated by First Transit (lines 438, Metrolink Shuttle)
Orion V 04403 2004 04400-04403
  • Detroit Detroit Diesel Series 50G
  • Allison B400R
CNG
  • Operated by First Transit (lines 438, 448, Metrolink Shuttle)

On Order/Future fleet

Make and
Model
Picture Year Numbers Engine and
Transmission
Fuel Type Notes
Motor Coach Industries D4000CT 2011-2012 11402-?
  • Cummins ISL-G
  • TBA (Transmission)
CNG
  • This bus contract is for a total 84 buses with an option up to 11 buses, which would be total of 95 buses.

TBA= To be Announced

Retired Bus fleet

Make and
Model
Picture Year Numbers Engine and
Transmission
Fuel Type Retired Notes
Neoplan AN440 [6]

[7]

? ?
  •  ?
  • ?
Diesel ?
Neoplan Suburban AN440/3 40' [8] 1987 1128, 1188, ?
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison V731
Diesel ?
  • Ex-LACMTA
  • Leased between years?
TMC RTS-06 (T80-206) 1344 1992 1245, 1344, 1375, ? Diesel 2010
  • Ex-LACMTA same #.
  • 5 units Leased between 2005 til 2010.
Gillig Phantom 8079 1994 8079 Diesel
  • Ex-Denver RTD, leased by LADOT in early 2008.
  • This bus previously operated by Veolia Transportation and later sold to LACMTA(another contract to Veolia Transportation) and renumbered as #9980 but retired in 2010.

CityRide

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CityRide is a program for individuals in the City of Los Angeles, aged 65 or older and for qualified disabled persons.

LADOT Cityride Current Bus fleet

Make and
Model
Picture Year Numbers Engine and
Transmission
Fuel Type Assigned Divisions Notes
Ford E350/Aerotech [9] 2003 03101-031?? Diesel opreated by MV Transportation inc
Ford E350/Aerotech [10] 2009 09101-091?? Diesel opreated by MV Transportation inc

References

LADOT DASH Eldorado EZ Rider II MAX #06318 Ladot Dash 06318

LADOT DASH's buses at Echo Park Ladot Dashes at...

LADOT DASH's at Maintenance Yard. Dashes at Maintenance yard

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