It’s getting easier to visit Griffith Park without driving.
DASH, Los Angeles’s city bus system, merged two bus routes Monday, ensuring more frequent service between the Vermont/Sunset subway station and the Griffith Observatory.
The schedule shakeup, which is now in effect, ensures that riders will be able to take the bus to and from Griffith Park between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. seven days a week (including Monday, when the observatory is closed). Buses also will now come every 15 minutes, as opposed to every 20 minutes on the old Griffith Park route.
To carry out this change, DASH combined the Observatory and Los Feliz bus lines. Riders of the latter route can still take a simplified version of the neighborhood-serving circulator between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. on weekdays—though buses will only come every 20 minutes during this time. After 10 a.m., stops at the Greek Theatre and Griffith Observatory will be tacked onto the bus route, adding significantly to the total ride time.
Those planning a trip into Griffith Park can transfer to the bus from the Metro Red Line (outside of the Vermont/Sunset station) or board at any of its 14 stops on Vermont Avenue, Los Feliz Boulevard, and Hillhurst Avenue.
Trips on DASH buses cost 50 cents if you’re paying cash and 35 cents with a TAP card. Seniors pay 25 cents cash and 15 cents with a TAP card; children four years old or younger ride free.
More information about the new Griffith Observatory route and schedule can be found on the DASH website.
The schedule changes come as the Los Angeles Department of Transportation is expanding DASH service to new parts of the city and adding weekend scheduling on lines that previously ran only on weekdays.