Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Transit launched an on-demand transportation pilot program March 11, which will be known as LAnow. The pilot program is a shared-ride service that matches passengers traveling to, from and within Del Rey, Venice, Mar Vista and Palms service areas.
“Our focus remains giving our riders the best experience we can - sometimes that's reliable and steady service. Other times, it means flexibility,” said LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds. “LAnow enables transit on demand, when and where people need it most. I am proud that LADOT Transit is pioneering this service as it continues a legacy of providing innovation to those who live, work and visit Los Angeles.”
LAnow will be available to riders five days a week, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. during the initial phase of the pilot program. Following an account set up, passengers will be able to hail a ride through the LAnow mobile application, on the ladottransit.com/LAnow or by phone.
“Finally, neighbors on the Westside have an alternative to being stuck in gridlock,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin, who represents the 11th District. "LAnow will give people a convenient way to make short trips or get to and from the Expo Line."
LADOT Transit explains that the LAnow pilot program has been created for and designed with local communities in mind, through extensive outreach and resident surveys.
“More than 3,000 residents in the service area participated in LADOT Transit’s outreach efforts and provided input that contributes to how the service will operate. That level of public engagement is how public services should be developed and implemented," said Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, who represents the Fifth District. "It is for that reason that I am confident that our Palms and Westside Village neighborhoods will be happy to have this new, easy to use, affordable option to complete their first mile/last mile connections to the Expo light-rail line.”