Like the new Big Blue Bus Holiday Shuttle, the Farmers Market Shuttles rolled out on Saturday, November 25th, serving the Downtown Market at Third and Arizona Avenue and the Pico Market at Pico and Cloverfield Boulevards in Santa Monica.
These smaller, easy-to-board shuttles will travel routes in nearby neighborhoods from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Wednesdays to pick up and drop off passengers.
The cost for two boardings (or one round-trip ticket) is one dollar and the shuttles will operate until Sunday, December 24th.
The Downtown Market Shuttle includes stops from Arizona Avenue to San Vicente Boulevard, via Fourth Street, Montana Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Seventh Street and 6th Street.
Passengers can also board one of the Holiday shuttles (operating from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday), as the shuttles make 28 stops along routes that encompass Wilshire Boulevard south to Marine Street, via Ocean Avenue, Bicknell Avenue, Main Street, Broadway, Fourth Street and Seventh Street.
The Pico Market Shuttle travels a route from 14th Street to Cloverfield Boulevard via Ocean Park Boulevard and Colorado Avenue.
“We wanted to make getting around the city as easy as possible during the holidays, and also provide non-polluting vehicles to help keep the environment clean,” said Dan Dawson, Big Blue Bus customer relations manager.
“People can park in any parking structure, or just board a shuttle in one of the neighborhood areas to get to the Farmers Markets, shop along Main Street, run errands, dine out or stroll around to take in the beautiful holiday sights,” Dawson said.
Aside from being a convenient way to get around town, the new shuttles operate on environmentally-friendly biodiesel fuel.
According to Dawson, the shuttle is the first in a new series of services being developed for local residents.
“We’ve received great feedback from the community about their interest in smaller, clean-fuel shuttles for quick trips around town, such as going to the market, keeping appointments, or visiting other businesses,” said Dawson.
He added that it’s possible the shuttle service might become permanent.
“We think everyone is really going to like the convenience of these shuttles,” he said.
Information on the Farmers Market and Holiday Shuttles or any of the Big Blue Bus lines, www.BigBlueBus.com or customer service, (310) 451-5444.