Buses line the Big Blue Bus yard on Monday.Beginning Aug. 25, Big Blue Bus will be adjusting routes to comply with passenger requests and deal with low ridership.

There will be increased service on Route 3 and Rapid 3 (serving Lincoln Boulevard) and Route 7 and Rapid 7 (serving Pico Boulevard). Rapid 3 will also offer a new midday service to accommodate heavy demand.

Without funds needed to add new services, a variety of BBB trips with low ridership will be canceled or run less frequently. Routes 1, 2, 3 and 5 will see adjustments while some unproductive morning trips and some Rapid 12 afternoon trips will be discontinued.

The frequency of the Route 8 service will be reduced to every 20 minutes from 9:30 a.m. — 3 p.m. and Route 6 will be reduced by two afternoon trips during the school year and will only operate during Santa Monica College’s fall and spring semesters.

In addition to these service modifications and reductions, UCLA’s Ackerman Terminal is closed due to construction and therefore UCLA passengers and those headed to SMC’s Academy of Entertainment and Technology should use the new transit hub located on UCLA’s north campus at Charles E. Young Drive across from Parking Structure 2 on weeknights and weekends.

More information on future route detours and service changes, in addition to a talk on proposed changes to fares, will be discussed at a community meeting tonight, Aug. 21 from 6 p.m. — 8 p.m. at Santa Monica’s Main Library at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

For more information or if you have questions, visit bigbluebus.com or call (310) 451-5444.

 

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