The Big Blue Bus is considering a plan to discontinue weekend bus service along three routes and instead offer riders discounted prices on Lyft’s rideshare service.
The proposal is part of the regular fare and service adjustments announced by the service. Public input will be solicited via an online form and several upcoming public meetings.
The Lyft service would replace weekend buses on routes 5, 15, and 41-42 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Route 5 runs from the Palms Expo station to the Century City shopping center and then down Olympic to the intersection of Main/Pico. Route 15 runs from Brentwood Village, past the Bundy Expo station to the intersection of Bundy/Pico. Routes 41/42 run between Montana Ave, 20th St., Pico Blvd, and 14th St.
“Instead of waiting for an infrequent and often empty weekend bus, passengers on routes 5, 15, and 41/42 will be able to call a car or wheelchair accessible van to take them along the route corridor on weekends,” said the BBB announcement. “This type of service design has a lower cost per passenger than running a bus with few people on board, enabling BBB to provide more service to more people at a lower cost.”
Passengers will pay $2 regular fare or $1 senior/disabled for up to a $10 ride on Lyft within the coverage zone. The zones run the length of what would be the bus routes and extend 100 feet into driveways or parking lots. Rides must begin and end within the same zone. Riders will be responsible for fares over $10 and wheelchair accessible vans are available.
BBB said the service will complement its existing partnerships with Lyft.
“Integrating with BBB fixed route service, as well as MODE, Blue at Night, and the On-Demand Service Pilot are part of a larger shift at BBB towards a more diverse and sustainable model for mobility.”
Blue at Night offers $3 Lyft rides for customers that are picked up from any of the Santa Monica Expo stations to any location within the service map. The service area covers most of the city from Rose to Ocean, to San Vicente to Centinela.
In addition to the rideshare idea, BBB is considering a one-season summer experiment to create a Downtown shuttle. BBB said the service will try to attract new customers who want a connection between the Pier, Beach and Promenade.
The route is proposed for seven days a week from July 1, 2019, to September 2, 2019 (Labor Day). Busses would run every 15 minutes between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Fares would be $1.25 cash or $1.10 with TAP Stored Value for regular customers (Senior/Disabled/Medicare fare is $0.50 cash or with TAP Stored Value). An interagency transfer from Metro Rail to Big Blue Bus and vice versa would be $0.50 Regular and $0.25 Senior/Disabled/Medicare.
The new shuttle would run between Santa Monica Blvd, 5th street, Colorado and Ocean.
Additional changes are proposed for routes 1, 2, 3, R3, 7, R7, 9, 10, 14, 17 and 18.
Three meetings will be held in September to discuss the changes.
Wednesday, September 12 from 12-2 p.m. at the Santa Monica Main Library 2nd Floor Multi-Purpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, 90401
Wednesday, September 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Santa Monica Main Library 2nd Floor Multi-Purpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, 90401
Visit www.bigbluebus.com to see the complete proposal or to provide feedback via the online form.