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Modified Service for 2019 LA Marathon (3/24)

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Which routes will be in service?

The 2019 LA Marathon will be held on Sunday, March 24. All Big Blue Bus routes that regularly operate on Sundays will be service.

The following routes operate on weekdays only and will not be in service on race day:

  • Rapid 3
  • Route 5
  • Rapid 7
  • Rapid 10
  • Route 15
  • Route 16
  • Route 42
  • Route 43
  • Route 44


Which routes will be detoured?

The following BBB routes will be on detour, and most will serve the bus hub on Colorado Ave., between 16th St. and 18th St.:


How long will detours last?

Detours will begin with the first trip of the day, and last until safety officers allow buses to resume regular service. Beyond Santa Monica city limits, detours are typically lifted by 4pm. Detours within Santa Monica usually continue until 8pm.


Bus Hub

To make taking transit to/from Santa Monica easier on race day, Big Blue Bus (BBB) and Metro will offer all transit service from a single bus hub at the 17th St./SMC Expo Line Station.

For Bus Hub details, view our race day map.

Getting to/from the Bus Hub

For connection to/from the Bus Hub, BBB customers may board FREE at any Route 18  bus stop on Lincoln Blvd., and at the following stops:

  • EB Santa Monica Blvd. at Lincoln Blvd. (temporary stop after the intersection)
  • NB 16th St. at Colorado Ave. (Bus Hub)
  • SB 17th St. at Colorado Ave. (Bus Hub)


UCLA Shuttle Buses

On race day, BBB will run complimentary shuttle buses to and from UCLA. The shuttle buses will run between Gateway Plaza (NB Westwood Plaza at Strathmore Ave.) and NB Westwood Blvd. at Pico Blvd. (after the intersection); buses will not serve Hilgard Terminal or Charles E. Young/P2 Hub.

For trips to UCLA from the Bus Hub, BBB Routes 1, 8, and Rapid 12 connect to the UCLA shuttle buses at NB Westwood Blvd. and Exposition Blvd. (after the intersection). Routes 2, 17, and 18 do not connect to the shuttle buses.

Getting to/from UCLA

From Westwood Blvd. & Exposition Blvd. to UCLA:

Complimentary shuttle buses will depart from the temporary stop on NB Westwood Blvd. at Expostion Blvd. (after the intersection), then travel north on Westwood Blvd., turn left on La Grange Ave., right on Midvale Ave., right on Missouri Ave., and right on Westwood Blvd. Customers should disembark at the temporary stop at SB Westwood Blvd. at Missouri Ave. (after the intersection), then walk across Westwood Blvd. at the intersection (using the crosswalk), and continue north to the temporary stop on NB Westwood Blvd. at Massachusetts Ave. (after the intersection). Shuttle buses will serve the temporary stop, then continue north on Westwood Blvd. to Gateway Plaza.

LA Marathon - UCLA Shuttle (North End)

From UCLA to Westwood Blvd. & Exposition Blvd:

Complimentary shuttle buses will depart from Gateway Plaza (NB Westwood Plaza at Strathmore Ave.), then travel south on Westwood Blvd., turn right on Ohio Ave., left on Midvale Ave., left on Massachusetts Ave., and left on Westwood Blvd. Customers should disembark at the temporary stop on NB Westwood Blvd. at Massachusetts Ave. (after the intersection), then walk across Westwood Blvd. at the intersection (using the crosswalk), and continue south to the temporary stop on SB Westwood Blvd. at Missouri Ave. (after the intersection). Shuttle buses will serve the temporary stop, then continue south on Westwood Blvd., turn left on Pico Blvd., right on Overland Ave., right on National Blvd., right on Westwood Blvd., then serve the stop on NB Westwood Blvd. at Exposition Blvd. (after the intersection).

LA Marathon - UCLA Shuttle (South End)

Route Changes

Route 1

To UCLA/Westwood (eastbound):

  • Trips start at regular stop on NB Main St. at Market St.
  • Trips serve NB 16th St. at Colorado Ave. (Bus Hub).
  • Trips connect with the complimentary UCLA shuttle buses at NB Westwood Blvd. and Pico Blvd. (after the intersection).
  • Trips end on NB Sawtelle Blvd. at Olympic Blvd.

To Venice (westbound):

  • Trips start on NB Sawtelle Blvd. at Olympic Blvd.
  • Trips serve SB 17th St. at Colorado Ave. (Bus Hub).
  • Trips end at regular stop on WB Grand Blvd. at Riviera Ave.

Connection to/from UCLA shuttle buses at NB Westwood Blvd. at Pico Blvd. (after the intersection).

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Route 2

To Brentwood (eastbound):

  • Trips start at SB 17th St. at Colorado Ave. (Bus Hub).
  • Trips end on WB Wilshire Blvd. at Barrington Ave.
  • No direct connection to UCLA shuttle buses.

To Santa Monica (westbound):

  • Trips start on WB Wilshire Blvd. at Barrington Ave.
  • Trips end on SB 17th St. at Colorado Ave. (Bus Hub).

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    Route 3

    To Downtown Santa Monica (northbound):

    • Trips end on EB Colorado Ave. at 17th St. (Bus Hub).

    To Aviation Station Green Line (southbound):

    • Trips start on EB Colorado Ave. at 17th St. (Bus Hub).

     Note: Rapid 3 operates on weekdays only and will not be in service on race day.

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    Route 7

      To Wilshire/Western Purple Line Station (eastbound):

    • Trips start on EB Colorado Ave. at 17th St. (Bus Hub).

      To Downtown Santa Monica (westbound):

    • Trips end on EB Colorado Ave. at 17th St. (Bus Hub).

     Note: Rapid 7 operates on weekdays only and will not be in service on race day.

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      Route 8

      To UCLA/Westwood (eastbound):

      • Trips start on WB Colorado Ave. at 17th St. (Bus Hub).
      • Trips end on SB Westwood Blvd. at Pico Blvd.

      To Downtown Santa Monica (westbound):

      • Trips start on SB Westwood Blvd. at Pico Blvd.
      • Trips end on WB Colorado Ave. at 17th St. (Bus Hub).

      Connection to/from UCLA shuttle buses at NB Westwood Blvd. at Pico Blvd. (after the intersection).

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      Route 9

      To Pacific Palisades (northtbound):

      • Trips start on WB Colorado Ave. at 17th St. (Bus Hub).
      • From the Bus Hub, buses will travel west on Colorado Ave., turn right on 17th St., right on Broadway, right on 20th  St., veer right onto I-10 West (I-10 West becomes Pacific Coast Highway), turn right on Chautauqua Blvd., and resume regular route.  
      • Trips end at regular stop on WB Sunset Blvd. at Marquez Pl.

      To Downtown Santa Monica (southtbound):

      • Trips start at regular stop on EB Sunset Blvd. at Marquez Pl.
      • From Sunset Blvd. and Marquez Pl., buses will travel via regular route to Sunset Blvd. and Drummond St., then detour and turn right on Drummond St., right on Toyopa Dr., right on Carey St., left on Sunset Blvd., left on Temescal Canyon Rd., left on Pacific Coast Highway ( Pacific Coast Highway becomes I-10 East), veer right onto the off-ramp at 20th St., turn left on 20th St, left on Colorado Ave., and end service on Colorado Ave. and 17th St.
      • Trips end on WB Colorado Ave. at 17th St. (Bus Hub).

      Note: Service to Downtown Santa Monica, between Sunset Blvd. and Carey St., as well as between Chautauqua Blvd. and Borgos Pl., will be suspended on race day. Customers in these areas should board buses to Pacific Palisades instead, then ride until service ends on Sunset Blvd. at Marquez Pl.; customers will then be permitted to board buses to Downtown Santa Monica at no additional cost.

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      Rapid 12

      To UCLA/Westwood (northbound):

      • Trips start at regular stop on NB Overland Ave. at Venice Blvd.
      • Trips end on SB Westwood Blvd. at Pico Blvd.

      To Palms (southbound):

      • Trips start on SB Westwood Blvd. at Pico Blvd.
      • Trips end at regular stop on NB Overland Ave. at Venice Blvd.

      Connection to/from UCLA shuttle buses at NB Westwood Blvd. at Pico Blvd. (after the intersection).

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      Route 14

      To Brentwood (northbound):

      • Trips start at regular stop on NB Artisans Way at Centinela Ave.
      • Trips end on SB Bundy Dr. at Montana Ave.

      To Playa Vista (southbound):

      • Trips start on SB Bundy Dr. at Montana Ave.
      • Trips end at regular stop on NB Artisans Way at Centinela Ave.

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      Route 17

      To Sepulveda Station Expo Line (northbound):

      • Trips start at regular stop on NB Robertson Blvd. at Venice Blvd.
      • Trips end on WB Exposition Blvd. at Sepulveda Blvd. (Sepulveda Station)
      • No direct connection to UCLA shuttle buses.

      To Culver City Station Expo Line (southbound):

      • Trips start on WB Exposition Blvd. at Sepulveda Blvd. (Sepulveda Station)
      • Trips end at regular stop on NB Robertson Blvd. at Venice Blvd.

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      Route 18

      To Brentwood (eastbound):

      • Trips start at regular stop on Via Marina at Admiralty Way.
      • Trips serve WB Colorado Ave. at 17th St. (Bus Hub).
      • Trips end on WB Montana Ave. at S. Gretna Green Way.
      • No direct connection to UCLA shuttle buses.

      To Marina del Rey (westbound):

      • Trips start on WB Montana Ave. at S. Gretna Green Way.
      • Trips serve SB 17th St. at Colorado Ave. (Bus Hub).
      • Trips end at regular stop on Via Marina at Admiralty Way.

      Tip: For connection to/from the Bus Hub, BBB customers may board FREE at any Route 18  bus stop on Lincoln Blvd., and at the following stops:

      • EB Santa Monica Blvd. at Lincoln Blvd. (temporary stop after the intersection)
      • NB  16th St. at Colorado Ave. (Bus Hub)
      • SB 17th St. at Colorado Ave. (Bus Hub)

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