Big Blue Bus Service Change – March 17, 2019

BBB reinvesting in core service areas to improve customer experience and increase ridership

March 13, 2019

Big Blue Bus Service Change – March 17, 2019

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – On March 17, 2019, Big Blue Bus (BBB) will adjust service on many routes and will reinvest those resources to add and expand service on four (4) bus routes while improving schedules on ten (10) others.

“The reinvestments in our core service areas, coupled with other recent customer amenities, including on board Wi-Fi and solar-powered bus stop lights and real-time arrival displays, will allow us to improve the usability and accessibility of our system, and deliver an enhanced end-to-end experience that better aligns with the needs of our customers,” said Ed King, Director of Transit Services. “They will also help BBB retain existing customers and attract new ridership, while building toward a financially and environmentally sustainable future.”

Some of the highlights include:

  • Service frequency improvements on nine (9) routes, for better connections and reliability during weekday commute and late-evening hours.
  • Major schedule changes on Rapid 3, Route 5, Rapid 7, Rapid 10, Route 15, and Route 42.
  • Extension of Route 7 to Wilshire/Western Station Purple Line on all days.
  • New Route 9 express trips to/from Palisades Charter High School on weekdays.
  • Rapid 10 regular fare is now $1.25 cash or $1.10 using Stored Value on TAP, and $0.50 for Senior/Disabled/Medicare customers. All Local passes are now accepted on Rapid 10.
  • Extension of Route 17 and Route 18 to UCLA on all days.

For more details, visit: bigbluebus.com/servicechanges

Details of the March service changes, along with new schedules, can be found in the "Little Blue Book" transit guide, which is available on board, at Blue: the Transit Store, and at local public counters, such as local libraries and senior centers. BBB System Maps are also available at these locations.

On March 17, updated bus arrival information will be available on third-party mobile applications, such as Google Transit, Transit App, Moovit, and CityMapper. 

About Big Blue Bus

Big Blue Bus operates a fleet of 195 vehicles transporting more than 44,000 customers daily across a 58-square mile service area. Nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to a cleaner environment, the entire fleet operates on alternative fuels, including renewable natural gas (RNG), a form of liquefied and compressed natural gas (LNG/CNG), which helps cut emissions by up to 90 percent. Serving Santa Monica and the Los Angeles area since 1928, Big Blue Bus has won numerous awards for its marketing, customer service, safety and efficiency.

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