Big Blue Bus has finished the construction of 206 bus stops around
the City of Santa Monica. This process lasted between March 2015 and December 2016. There are a handful of stops that are built but not yet in service; they will go into service when the route associated with it commences either in February 2016 or June 2016.
During summer 2015, Big Blue Bus also installed new targets, poles, and route information holders at all stops that did not get the Blue Spot treatment throughout the service area.
All stops that should be back in service are now in service. However, the following stops have been built, but will not go into service immediately:
- 20th & Delaware (northbound): Will go into service after Expo Rail opens as part of the new Route 42.
- 20th & Pico (northbound): Will go into service after Expo Rail opens as part of the new Route 42.
- 4th & Hollister (both directions): Will go into service in February 2016 as part of the new Route 18.
- Colorado & 17th (both directions): Will go into service by June 2016 as part of the new Route 42.
- Main & City Hall (southbound): Will reopen when Colorado Esplanade construction is done with Route 2 service.
- Montana & Stanford (westbound, Route 3M): Will go into service in February 2016 as part of the new Route 18.
- Pico & Lincoln (eastbound, Route 7 and Rapid 7): Slated to move from its current location and into service once we get authorization from the City.
- Santa Monica & 17th (westbound): Will go into service in February 2016 when we consolidate stops at 16th & 18th Street.
- Stewart & Pennsylvania (southbound): Will go into service in Fbruary 2016 as part of the new Route 16.
Updated: December 15, 2015
Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
(LOHA) was chosen to work with City staff to design the new stop
amenities. LOHA was directed to develop designs that
- Enhance the streetscape
- Consider physical
constraints of the streets
- Allow for maximum visibility
to businesses and signage located around it
the use of alternative energy
impervious to vandalism and loitering as
Offer easily readable
and aesthetically pleasing transit information
Be simple and cost effective to
maintain and service
current & future transit technologies
The design chosen met the criteria above. Called
"The Blue Spots", the shelters and information signs have
flexibility, offer visibility, and information to transit
The project design was a result of extensive
outreach to a great number of stakeholders, including riders, City
Council officials, business owners with storefronts behind bus
stops, and more.
to the iterative community engagement process, BBB has been making ongoing
adjustments to the design of the new bus stops although construction is already
underway. These changes include the design of the seats and their
placement (so as to avoid blocking the sightline of the bus for both drivers
and riders); it will also address customer demand for additional shade from
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