Beginning May 2nd, Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus will launch its new “Beach Ride” service to the recently opened Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway.

The Beach Ride will operate Saturdays and Sundays starting at 9:30 a.m., with the last bus leaving the Beach House at 6:35 p.m. Buses will run about every half hour.

The Beach Ride will join the many other Mini-Blue lines that currently operate throughout Santa Monica.

“This will be a fantastic convenience for people wanting to visit the new Beach House during the busy summer season,” said Dan Dawson, customer relations manager for the Big Blue Bus. “If people are looking for a quick and affordable way to get there with no hassles, the Beach Ride is definitely the way to go.”

The Beach Ride will cost 50 cents for a regular fare, with seniors 62 and older and disabled/Medicare passengers riding for 25 cents. Transfers will cost 50 cents for a regular fare and 10 cents for seniors and disabled/Medicare riders. Big Blue Bus day passes, access cards and EZ transit passes will also be accepted.

In addition to the Beach House, the new route will service some of the city’s most popular local spots and tourist destinations, including the Santa Monica Pier. A variety of beachfront hotels and restaurants will also be on the new route, including the Montana Avenue Shopping District, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and the Ocean Park Library.

The service will also provide nearby access to City Hall, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, Lincoln and John Adams Middle Schools, and Santa Monica College.

The Beach House officially opened to the public on April 26th. Because onsite parking is limited, city officials are urging the public to take public transit, bike or walk to the Beach House.

Additional information on the Big Blue Bus Beach Ride, (310) 451-5444 or www.bigbluebus.com/.

The Beach Ride will run weekends through September 27th.

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