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Riding BBB to School

Big Blue Bus offers a safe, affordable, and convenient ride to school for K-12 students. Saving money, cutting out the hassle of school drop-offs, and instilling mobility independence in our youth are just a few advantages of riding with us.

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  • Student Fare/TAP Information  
  • Riding Big Blue Bus  
  • For Parents

    30-Day Youth Pass 

    The price for the Big Blue Bus 30-Day Youth Pass has been reduced by $19, bringing the cost down from $38 to just $19. The sale begins on January 1st 2017 and will last through 2018. 

    To purchase visit Blue: the Transit Store (we are now located in a temporary trailer space at 1334 5th St.) from 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday and be sure to bring the student’s ID. Or purchase online at with a Student Reduced-Rate TAP card when purchasing online (see below). 

    Get Your Youth A Student TAP Card 

    The Big Blue Bus Youth 30-Day passes is also available online on TAP, the transit smartcard in the Los Angeles area. TAP provides a host of great features for passholders. The Transit Access Pass (TAP) system allows for balance protection in case your card is lost or stolen and offers the ability to reload fares online. Customers using TAP are also able to board the bus much faster, which means less waiting around at each stop for people to board and pay.

    How to get started: 

    1. Youth 18 and under should apply now for the special K-12 Student TAP Card. This specially marked, orange-colored card (see image below) is your ticket to purchasing a discounted youth pass on Big Blue Bus, as well as a special $1 fare on Metro Bus or Rail payable with stored value or cash. Note: Because the TAP office may take 6-8 weeks to process the applications, it is important that applications are submitted as soon as possible to avoid delays.
    2. When the card arrives, add stored value and/or Big Blue Bus passes onto your new TAP card by logging online to; visiting a TAP sales outlet or by visiting Blue: Transit Store at 1444 4th Street; or a ticket vending machine at a Metro Rail station.  (Note: If you add value from the TAP website, it will take up to 48 hours for online pass orders to be loaded onto your TAP card).
    3. Once your TAP card is loaded with a youth pass, simply tap your card on the validator when boarding the bus and listen for the beep. Enjoy the ride!

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    Riding Big Blue Bus 

    Big Blue Bus is your ride to school on the Westside. Find your school on our System Map, or use Google Transit to plan your trip with step-by-step directions. 

    Once you arrive at your stop, check out our new real-time arrival information to know just when your bus will arrive. More tools for trip planning with Big Blue Bus are available here

    Attending Santa Monica High School? Click here for more information about how to get going with Big Blue Bus.

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    For Parents 

    To avoid delays, please assist your child in applying for the K-12 Student TAP Card as soon as possible. Application forms are available here or the application can be completed online. Printed application forms must be mailed or submitted in person at any of the Metro Customer Centers indicated on the form.

    Interested in learning more about sending your child to school on transit? This three part series offers useful tips for getting started.

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