Having recently expanded to include new stops in Playa Vista, Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus is hoping to make a splash in Marina del Rey.

Starting Sunday, Feb. 21, Big Blue Bus Route 1 will begin service from Marina del Rey to downtown Santa Monica and UCLA. New pickup locations include stops at Via Marina and Marquesas Way as well as at Via Dolce and Dell Alley and at Panay Way and Via Marina.

The changes come as part of the city’s Expo Integration Plan, which aims to connect city buses with new Expo Line light rail stops coming online later this year. They’re also part of the transportation agency’s desire to serve a broader customer base, Big Blue Bus spokeswoman Suja Lowenthal said.

“We’re trying to make as many connections to the Expo Line as possible,” Lowenthal said. “Without these new routes, it would be much more difficult to connect our new customers with the Expo Line.”

Changes in service will also eliminate some Route 1 stops, including several near Venice High School and Santa Monica Place, with other routes picking up the slack.

For detailed route information, visit bigbluebus.com.

— Gary Walker