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Introducing the New Route 45 in Downtown Santa Monica and a Free Ride Starting July 1
June 24, 2019

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Big Blue Bus (BBB) is launching its newest summer travel experience – Route 45, a new Downtown Santa Monica pilot route that will serve major destinations including the Santa Monica Pier and Beach, Ocean Avenue, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Place, and the Downtown Santa Monica Expo Line Station.

Daily service begins July 1 through September 2, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., running every 12-15 minutes.

“This summer, we plan to continue to enhance our services and customer experience by providing easy connections to major Santa Monica destinations with more options for site-seeing, dining and shopping. Route 45 is designed to be a convenient, eco-friendly, and economical way for residents, tourists, and visitors to get around Downtown Santa Monica. We would like everyone in our community to give Route 45 a try, so the first ride will be on us,” said Ed King, Director of Transit Services.

Customers can make the easy connection from the Downtown Santa Monica Expo Line Station 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. Other key stops along Ocean Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd.

To ride, customers can purchase and load Stored Value on their TAP card and pay $1.10 for a single-ride fare or $1.25 with cash payment. If a customer is transferring to/from Metro Bus or Rail (within 2.5 hours) their interagency transfer will be $0.50.

This summer, customers can receive one free ride on Route 45. To claim your free ride and for additional route information, please visit:

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.