The Santa Monica Big Blue has launched changes to select routes and schedules designed to improve passenger connectivity with the new Culver City Expo Light Rail Line.

Big Blue Bus representatives say the biggest change this fall will be the launch of a new Rapid 20 service to connect riders between downtown Santa Monica and the Expo Culver City station more directly than BBB’s Route 5. Currently, the Santa Monica bus line operates buses daily to Culver City, where they are designated as Route 5 and Route 12 trips.

On Aug. 27, those lines became open to passengers and subsequently will generate revenue without the Big Blue Bus incurring any additional costs, transit officials said. While Rapid 20 will operate on the Santa Monica Freeway, the local rate of $1 for regular fares and 50 cents for senior, disabled and Medicare fares will be offered.

“Moving resources from under-performing services and utilizing empty bus trips to generate revenue is how BBB will do more for its riders without an impact on the existing budget,” said Big Blue Bus Director of Transit Services Edward F. King.

To further increase connectivity to Expo light rail, Big Blue Super 12 service is being changed to a Rapid 12 service. To transport riders between the Culver City station and Westwood/UCLA quickly and directly, bus trip times are being aligned with the light rail trips and stops with the lowest usage are being eliminated (but will still be served by Local 12).

“The fall service changes reflect a standard of excellence goal to deliver dependable, customer focused and efficient transit services,” added King. “Looking for opportunities to deploy innovative new service within the resources available is a key strategy allowing the Big Blue Bus to provide the highest service quality with resource efficiency.”

A complete detail of the Big Blue Bus fall service changes is available at, www.bigbluebus.com.

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