Sunday, December 7, 2008

Big Blue Bus Service Changes

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I know many cyclists are also transit users, so I would be remiss to not mention the upcoming community meetings regarding service changes for the Big Blue here in Santa Monica. Basically, smaller transit budgets through out the state means there is not enough money to maintain existing service at current fares. So on the table are service cuts, but also service expansion for more popular routes. The idea is to relocate resources to cut costs but shift some attention to the successful routes.

I would not be opposed to fare increases if it meant maintained or improved service, however for me the bike takes care of most of my transit needs. For those who use the bus everyday, I'm sure fare increase are a more touchy subject, although it is cheaper by a whole 50 cents compared to the MTA. There are only 2 Big Blue Buses I use with any frequency and they are the number 3 for when I need to get to the airport or the Green Line Metro train & the number 10 when I want to get to Downtown & Union Station without the crosstown cycling journey. The 3 would get expanded service under proposed changes, and the 10 would get a small cut in Sunday service.

There are a number of routes on the cutting block however, including some or even all of the little tide local buses. The always informed green LA girl has some more details about the proposed changes over at her blog. So if you have a stake or interest in Big Blue Bus service you should make your voice heard at one of these meetings. Reliable transit service is a critical component of living and promoting a car-free or car-lite lifestyle, and the Big Blue Bus is the lifeblood of transit service in our seaside town. Every bus is a bike bus!.. unless the rack is full, and then you get to choose between wait or ride.

Monday, December 8: 6:00pm–8:00pm
Fairview Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica
Big Blue Bus Line 8 serves this meeting site

Tuesday, December 9: 10:00am-12:00pm
Ken Edwards Center (Room 104), 1527 4th Street, Santa Monica
Big Blue Bus Lines 3, 4, 5, and 9 serve this meeting site

Tuesday, December 9: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Westside Pavilion (Community Room B, 3rd floor)
10850 W. Pico Blvd, (enter Landmark parking structure), Los Angeles
Big Blue Bus Lines 7, 8 and 12 serve this meeting site

Saturday, December 13: 10:00am-12:00pm
SM Main Library (2nd Floor Multi-Purpose Room)
601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
Big Blue Bus Lines 1, 7, 8, and 10 serve this meeting site

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