MONICA, CA – Big Blue Bus (BBB) will adjust its service to better connect
customers to the places they live, work and play. BBB will be adding service to
six bus routes, and improving schedules on seven others, beginning February 19,
- The reinstatement of service to
downtown Santa Monica on Route 5, seven days per week. The route will serve Santa
Monica via Colorado Blvd., and Palms Expo Line Station all day on weekdays
creating more service connections to Century City; weekend service will also improve
to every 40 minutes.
- Route 7 weekday service will
increase to every 15 minutes all day, to help meet customer demand for more
local service on Pico Blvd.
- Route 43 will connect to 17th
St./SMC Expo Line Station, Santa Monica College’s Main Campus, and both Route 7
and Rapid 7 service on Pico Blvd.
- Rapid 10 service will be
discontinued west of Broadway and 4th St. in downtown Santa Monica and
offer 20-minute weekday service during peak hours.
students will see more service on Rapid 12, for better connectivity to Metro’s
Expo Line, and schedule adjustments on weekends. Route 17 will serve UCLA’s
Charles E. Young Terminal, instead of Hilgard Terminal; weekday service will
increase to every 20 minutes. Furthermore, Route 18 will see schedule adjustments
on weekday morning trips to UCLA and evening trips to Marina del Rey.
can also expect to see scheduling changes and improvements on Routes 9, 14, 15,
41 and 42. Visit
bigbluebus.com/servicechange to preview the new schedules.
changes we are implementing will enhance reliability, efficiency, and ease with
which customers move across the region on our bus system,” said Ed King, Director
of Transit Services at BBB. “They also address feedback received from customers
since our last service change. For instance, customers indicated a desire for a
one-seat ride from downtown to Century City and Palms, so we have restored
Route 5 service from the Bergamot Expo Line Station to downtown Santa Monica,”
of the February service changes, along with system-wide timetables, can be
found in the "Little Blue Book" transit guide, which is available on-board,
at the Transit Store, and at local public counters, such as local libraries and
senior centers; Big Blue Bus System Maps are also available at these locations.
In addition, bus arrival information is available on the NextBus real-time
mobile application and Google Transit. The GTFS-realtime data which drives both
applications will reflect new changes on February 19, so that customers have
access to up-to-date information about bus locations, arrival and departure
About Big Blue Bus
Blue Bus operates a fleet of 200 vehicles transporting more than 54,000
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