Big Blue Bus (BBB) is launching a new express service – Express 7, which will provide limited stop service to major destinations including Downtown Santa Monica and Santa Monica College Main Campus, and connect to Metro Rail’s E Line and D Line.

Express 7 service begins Monday, August 16, 2021, and buses will operate on weekdays only, from 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., running every 20 minutes all day.

Customers can board Express 7 at one of the following stops, between Downtown Santa Monica and the Wilshire/Western Station D Line:

7th St. & Olympic Blvd.
4th St. & Colorado Ave. (Downtown Santa Monica Station E Line)
Pico Blvd. & 18th St. (Santa Monica College Main Campus)
Pico Blvd. & Sepulveda Blvd. (Sepulveda Station E Line)
Pico Blvd. & San Vicente Blvd. (Rimpau Terminal)
Pico Blvd. & Crenshaw Blvd.

Wilshire Blvd. & Western Blvd. (Wilshire/Western Station D Line)
When combined, Big Blue Bus’s Route 7, Rapid 7, and new Express 7 will provide customers with weekday service every 10 minutes along the Pico boulevard corridor.

“Frequent, reliable, and safe public transportation is critical to both our region’s economic recovery, and mitigating traffic congestion, which has returned to pre-pandemic levels,” said Ed King, Director of Santa Monica Department of Transportation. “We’re introducing Express 7 to create faster, sustainable, and more equitable access to jobs, education, and other opportunities along the corridor.”

Big Blue Bus no longer accepts cash and tokens onboard. Instead, customers can ride Express 7 for $1, when making contactless fare payments with a TAP card or mobile ticket. For more details, visit bigbluebus.com/contactless.

To preview the new route and download the Express 7 schedule, visit bigbluebus.com/E7.

Submitted by Jennie Campos, Community Engagement & Customer Experience Manager