SomeÂ of you may have participated in meetings earlier this year to help identify priorities for upcoming service changes that are designed toÂ best integrate transit and Expo Rail whenÂ Expo Phase 2 stationsÂ open in early 2016.
Santa Monicaâ€™s Big Blue Bus (BBB) has been collecting input on anÂ Expo Integration Study, an evaluation of potential connections to Metro Rail Expo Line Phase 2 stations scheduled to open in 2016. As part of the study, BBB is been hosting a series of community workshops.Â Our input is important as routes and iterations couldÂ impact our current and future proposed bicycle facilities and helpÂ inform opportunities thatÂ coordinate bicycle and bus routeÂ integrationÂ with equitableÂ designs that support the most potential users. Safe pedestrian access andÂ Integrating bikes on buses should be an importation part of this equation as it increases our mobility and helps by extending our range at either end of a trip with multi modal connections / options with bikes, busses & Expo light rail.
Big Blue Bus Planning team and consultants at Nelson\Nygaard are pleased to come back with a proposed service plan that theyÂ would like to share with you and get your input. As you are already well aware,Â the expansion of the Expo Line to the Westside will have a significant impact on the BBB service area and will require a new service model with significant changes to many of BBBâ€™s existing routes. The workshops will address bus connections to Expo Line stations as well as the general design of the Big Blue Bus network.Â Service to Santa Monica, the Westside, UCLA, SMC and other destinations will be discussed.
Tuesday, July 22, 6-8pm
Felicia Mahood Senior Citizen Center,
Community Room 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 90025
Ride BBB Route 1 or 4.Parking available
Wednesday, July 23, 6-8pm
Civic Auditorium, East Wing 1855 Main St.
RideBBBÂ Routes1,2,3Â Parking available at Civic Center Lot
Thursday, July 24, 1-3pm
Santa Monica Main Library, Multi-Purpose Room 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Ride BBB Routes 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, Rapid 3, Rapid 7 or Rapid 10.Â Parking is available in the library garage
The same information will be presented at each meeting.Â
The Expo Line is projected to carry 64,000 riders per day by the year 2030, but this can only take place if bus connections to stations are made as useful and convenient as possible. Â We need your help â€“Â BBBÂ would like to get your input as theyÂ begin this important phase of service planning for an exciting new future that will make public transit in and out of Santa Monica more accessible and attractive to residents and visitors throughout Los Angeles County.
You may also view information about the service plan and give feedback at any time on the BBBÂ Expo Planning website
These venues are ADA-accessible. Disability and translation accommodation requests should be made at least three days prior to the meetings by calling BBB Customer Service atÂ (310) 451-5444.