The Big Blue Bus of Santa Monica will hold community meetings at locations throughout the Big Blue Bus service area beginning Wednesday, March 2 through Thursday, March 10.
The transit agency is seeking to garner public feedback on improvements being considered as part of its five-year service plan. Big Blue Bus representatives will also present results of the line-by-line analysis, conducted every three years, which examines how the municipal transit system is being used, the changing needs of the community, each line’s productivity and use patterns, and how the system is working as a whole.
The Big Blue Bus community meetings are scheduled to take place as follows:
Wednesday, March 2, Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth St., 6 to 8 p.m. Serviced by routes 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9;
Saturday, March 5, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Serviced by routes 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10;
Tuesday, March 8, Virginia Avenue Park, Thelma Terry Center, 2200 Virginia Ave., 6 to 8 p.m. Serviced by route 7; and
Thursday, March 10, Santa Monica College Main Campus Library, 1900 Pico Blvd., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Serviced by routes 6, 7, Rapid 7, 8, 11, the Sunset Ride and Crosstown Ride.
Several important service changes will also be proposed for the coming years as the Big Blue Bus plans for Phase I of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Mid-City/Exposition Transit Project, known as the Expo Line, including options to improve downtown circulation and create operating efficiencies.
Many of the proposed service adjustments would modify routes and schedules to allocate resources to the most productive services and to new transit corridors that will interface with the Expo Line. Proposals include increasing Rapid 7 service over local Route 7 service due to popular demand, converting the Express 10 to a Rapid 10 service to maintain and improve frequency, eliminating Route 13 due to low ridership, and eliminating Line 2 service in Santa Monica to reduce duplication of Line 1 service in Venice.