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Get the Downtown Lowdown on the DOT
If you staying in downtown L.A., there is a great, cheap way to know the place. Take the LADOT buses for short-term riding options around downtown without even using a full route Metro bus which is triple the cost!
The majority of LADOT buses in downtown are called DASH which costs only 50 cents!
Here are the main DOWNTOWN routes:
DASH A- operates M-F, get to Little Tokyo riding this route!
DASH B- operates M-F, get to Chinatown with this one!
DASH D- operates M-F, from transit central Union St to Staples Center/L.A. Live
DASH E - operates every day, execllent option to get to Santee Alley
DASH F-operates every day, great to use for USC trips from downtown
DASH bus stops are not at every corner but they are clearly labeled. In my experience, the drivers tend to be a little more aggressive but safe (just one bad incident I did have). DASH can get particularly busy downtown with standing room only during the rush hours of course (especially 7-8 AM; 4-5 PM) but believe you me...it's worth the ride when the feet give out!
MORE DASH buses roll throughout the city. Check website for schedules and more.
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The DASH bus
The DASH bus system in Downtown Los Angeles is extremely efficient and a great way to make little hops around the city. It goes to all the major tourist spots (Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Santee Alley, MOCA, etc.) and many major hotels & business places (Bunker Hill, Financial District, etc.). On weekends there is one called "Downtown Discovery" that will take you on a circle tour of the city. It also goes out to USC and the museums at Exposition Park. DASH is extremely clean, mostly frequented by business people & locals, and is completely safe. The drivers are very friendly & will help you find your way.
The best part: it's 25 cents, with a free transfer!
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Patsaouras Transit Plaza ~ Metro Liner Buses
Located on the East end of Union Station is a huge area where there is bus system to pick up and drop off called Patsaouras Transit Plaza at the MTA Gateway Center. It is a very lovely area with many wonderful architeture features. It's nice to see such a pleasing area.
800 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
LADOT Transit (213, 310, 323, 818) 808-2273
Commuter Express (West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Fernando Valley, Simi Valley, South Beach, San Pedro and other surrounding communities)
DASH 1-213-808-2273 (Downtown Los Angeles and surrounding areas)
City Hall Shuttle, San Pedro Electric Trolley and Bunker
Hill Trolley (Provide various employee sponsored shuttles in the downtown LA)
Antelope Valley Transit Authority 1-661-945-9445 ext.200 (LA/Palmdale/Lancaster)
Foothill Transit 1-800-RIDE-INFO (743-3463) (San Gabriel/Pomona Valleys)
Metro Buses 1-800-COMMUTE (266-6883) (L.A. area)
1-213-626-4455 (Outside Los Angeles area)
Orange County Transportation Authority 1-714-636-RIDE (7433)
(San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Irvine, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach)
Santa Clarita Transit 1-661-294-1287 (Santa Clarita)
Santa Monica Transit (Big Blue Bus) 1-310-451-5444 (Santa Monica Freeway Express)
Torrance Transit 1-310-618-6266 (Long Beach)
Airport Shuttle Buses
New FlyAway fares become effective January 1, 2009, and include a new lower rate for seniors 65 years and older. Children under age 2 ride for free.
Metropolitan Express 1-800-266-6883 (1-800-COMMUTE)
Primetime Shuttle 1-800-733-8267 $14.00/person*
Super Shuttle 1-310-782-6600 $13.75/person*
*Above fares are approximate from Union Station to LAX. These shuttles also serve other regional airports and destinations.
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Getting around by bus wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and the Dash system was by far my fav. It took me from hollywood to west hollywood in about 20 minutes and for 25 cents each way, its a bargain.
I also used the metro which was ok and some of them even had tvs on them. Also some told you which the next stop stop was and some didn't so it was luck of the draw. Most drivers were friendly as well. It cost $3 for a day pass and you get to use the train or bus but don't get your tickets from a metro station, the machines are useless, get a pass on the buss instead.
P.S..Go to the mta site, put your start and final destination and it will tell you which buses to get and so forth
DASH Shuttle Bus
If you want to explore Downtown L.A., you'll find the DASH shuttle buses very useful. There are weekday and weekend routes. Fare is 25 cents. You may ask for a transfer which you can use on another DASH route.
The weekday Route C, which loops between Chinatown and the Financial District., takes you to many interesting places including the Central Public Library, Macy's Plaza, Jewelry District, Pershing Square, Museum of Contemporary Art, Disney Concert Hall, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, City Hall, Union Station, Olvera Street, and, of course, Chinatown.
You may use the weekday Route F to go to Exposition Park where the Rose Garden, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, California Science Center/IMAX Theatre, L.A. Memorial Coliseum, and others are located.
The weekend Route DD (Downtown Discovery) is an expanded version of Route C. It is a nice way to tour Downtown L.A. during weekends.
Feel free to get off the bus if you want to explore on foot a place that catches your fancy. You can always take the next DASH bus to continue your tour. You'll have to pay 25 cents every time you board the DASH bus, however. Transfers are good for another route only (that is, not on the same route).
For the complete routes and schedules, maps, and other information, please check out www.ladottransit.com.
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