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Mark Your Calendars: LADOT To Hold Meetings About Bus Service Cuts

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Earlier this week, it was learned that, faced with steep budget cuts, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation is planning dramatic cuts to its transit service programs. Under consideration is jettisoning 11 bus lines from the DASH and Commuter Express services, doubling the quarter-fare to fifty-cents and other cuts to Cityride and charter buses.

The agency expects to see a $350 million budget shortfall over the next decade. "The analysis focused on underperforming Commuter Express and DASH routes with low ridership and those services that may be duplicative of other services provided by Metro and other carriers," a department release explained. "While the analysis identified cost
savings through improved efficiencies, these savings will not yield the amount necessary to completely offset the shortfall and LADOT is proposing increasing fares on all its services."

LADOT is seeking public comment through a series of six meetings and via phone, mail and e-mail submission (all info listed below). Once the comment period ends on March 3rd, LADOT staff will finalize a plan and submit it to the City Council for approval. Changes will go into effect on July 1st.