Changes to two Big Blue Bus routes will connect Westwood, Century City and Cheviot Hills residents to the Culver City Expo Station, .
at the end of May. Transit officials said in a press release that the agency could not afford the costs of the new service to Culver City without cutting and realigning routes with low ridership.
"In challenging economic times, we need to be more creative in our approach to scheduling our service," Ed King, the agency’s new director said in the statement.
The Big Blue Bus Line 5 connects downtown Santa Monica to Century City via Colorado Avenue Olympic Boulevard, passes Beverly Hills High School, and then turns toward Culver City at Robertson Boulevard. This line no longer stops at Rimpau Terminal.
The Big Blue Bus Line 12 now connects UCLA, Westwood and Palms to the Culver City Expo Station. It runs between the UCLA campus and Westwood Village along Westwood Boulevard to National Boulevard. The local line makes a loop to the east along Sepulveda to Charnock to Palms before ending at the Expo Station. The rush hour "Super 12" is now the Rapid 12, which runs along Overland and National before ending at the Expo Station.
The Big Blue Bus is operated by the city of Santa Monica. It transports more than 70,000 riders daily across a nearly 52-square mile service area, mostly on the Westside.
Fares for the Big Blue Bus lines are below. TAP cards are currently not accepted on Big Blue Bus lines.
- Regular/student is $1 for local lines, $2 for express
- Senior (62+)/Disabled/Medicare is $0.50 for local lines, $1 for express
- Children 4 and under ride free.
- Regular/student is $4 for local and express buses
- Senior (62+)/Disabled/Medicare is $1.50 for local and express buses.
For complete fare information, go to bigbluebus.com.