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Introducing the New Route 45 in Downtown Santa Monica – July 1
June 14, 2019

Route 45 Launch - Web Banner

Get the Full Experience this Summer on Route 45

Route 45 serves Santa Monica Pier and Beach, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Place, and the Downtown Santa Monica Station Expo Line July 1 through September 2, 2019.

Download Route 45 Schedule

Daily Service | 10am – 8pm | Every 12-15 minutes

Route 45 Launch - Web Map


Try Route 45 for Free!

Where to Begin

Follow these travel tips, and you’ll be ready to ride into summer in no time.

App it!

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Get full access to trip planning and real-time bus arrival information. Select the Transit app icon below to get started.

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TAP it!

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Purchase and load Stored Value (works like cash) on your TAP card. When you pay with TAP Stored Value, your Route 45 single-ride fare is only $1.10 or $1.25 with cash payment.

If you’re transferring to/from Metro Bus or Rail (within 2.5 hours) your interagency transfer is only $0.50! Make the easy connection from the Downtown Santa Monica Station Expo Line and hop on the nearest Route 45 bus stop located across the street from the station at the corner of westbound Colorado Ave. and 4th St.

Flash it!

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You can also pay your fare using your smartphone. Just download the Token Transit app, select a Big Blue Bus (BBB) fare type, and activate your pass when you’re ready to ride.

As you board BBB, show the bus operator your digital ticket and you’re ready to go!

See these steps in action! Watch a quick video on how to ride Big Blue Bus:


Stay connected and tell us what you think!

Try Route 45 and share your summer memories with BBB on our social media and tag your photos with #hello45 or #summermoments.