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Expo II Opens

Expo More to Explore

Opening Ceremony

If you want to see Expo Train break through ribbon be at 5th and Colorado at 9:45am 

Info posted as it is confirmed also see smgov.net/expo

Ride Expo for FREE today and tomorrow!

More Buy Local Expo Line Celebrations & Special Offers

More celebrating with Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

An opening ceremony hosted by Metro will kick off service on the Expo Line, which is the first scheduled passenger train in Santa Monica since the Red Car ended service in 1948. There will be a banner break just east of the Downtown Station located at Colorado and 4th Street. Elected officials from Los Angeles, Metro, Expo and Santa Monica will converge to officially open the seven stations that are part of the Expo Line Phase 2 extension. The line is expected to be open to the public in the afternoon and rides will be free.

For more information about opening weekend check back here or go to  metro.net/moreexpo

Bike Week LA in Santa Monica Tuesday & Wednesday May 17 & 18

Wednesday: 2 FUN EVENTS

Ballona Creek Camp Coffee – Special Bike Week Edition – BYO coffee & share breakfast outdoors!   7am Coffee Outside

Camp coffee gatherings add adventure to everyday routines! For us it’s #BallonaCreekCampCoffee!
Special Bike Week Edition on the jetty off of Poseur Bridge in between MDR and Playa. Here’s location and our route. We will be cooking breakfast food to share too! Join the Fun. Questions?
Bring the stuff to BYO “brew you own” or just bring a full cup of your morning beverage with you 🙂 Search Instagram for lots of photos,  #‎ballonacreekcampcoffee. If you’re on the east side look up with #‎larivercampcoffee!

Guided Santa Monica City Bike Tour: Esplanade, MANGo, Bike Lanes and More!
Handlebar Happy Hour… 

City Hall Green Lanes
Hard to believe it was three years ago we were celebrating the announcement of our Bike Friendly Community Silver Award from the League of American Bicyclists,  Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC).
Now as we continue our quest for GOLD, join us on a Guided City Tour of some of our newest bike lanes, infrastructure and MANGo. We will start with a visit to the nearly complete Esplanade and our DTSM protected 2 way cycle track and the Expo II 4th Street Station. Give input, ask questions hear about what’s up next –
The ride begins in front of Santa Monica City, 1685 Main Street meet at 5:00pm


Recap Monday:
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We dined Monday at a favorite local eatery, the Veggie Grill!  Veggie Grill will donate 33% of all receipts* for customers that mentioned Santa Monica Spoke all day!

Tuesday morning: Ladies Choice: Women & Biking, discussion and socialize over morning coffee at Sidecar Donuts!

A nice group gathered over coffee and yummy donuts at Sidecar this morning

Full list Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials 2016

Santa Monica Spoke and Local EVENTS Listed 

Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

2016, Santa Monica Bike to Work Pit Stops: Metro LA Pitstop Map

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA

Expo Line: More to Explore, Opens to Santa Monica May 20

Opening Ceremony
If you want to see Expo Train break through ribbon be at 5th and Colorado at 9:45am 

Expo Line to Santa Monica
Fact Sheet

project overview
Metro’s Expo Line to Santa Monica opens on May 20th, with seven new stations and 6.6 miles of rail. The $1.5 billion light rail to the Paci c Ocean extends from the existing Expo Line Culver City station to Downtown Santa Monica station, linking Westside neighborhoods and expanding the Metro Rail system to over 100 miles. Connecting Downtown LA to Downtown Santa Monica, the Expo Line is sustainable, cost effective, and a great alternative to the gridlock on the I-10 freeway.

project at a glance
>  Extends from existing Expo Line Culver City station to Downtown Santa Monica station, adding 6.6 miles of new rail
>  Direct access to the Paci c Ocean
>  Expands Metro Rail system to over 100 miles
> Approximate 46-minute* ride from Downtown LA toDowntown Santa Monica
> Three new Park & Ride Lots (fees will apply) > Extensive Bike Path
> Bike racks and bike lockers
> All new stations feature public artworks

7 new stations
> Palms
> Westwood/Rancho Park
> Expo/Sepulveda > Expo/Bundy
> 26th St/Bergamot > 17th St/SMC
> Downtown Santa Monica

*Data from nal environmental impact report, December 2005.

Expo II station map

Click map for train schedule

Expo: más para explorar en español

BOGO = Buy One Get One FREE

BBB BOGO

For a limited time, buy one Big Blue Bus pass, and get a second pass for free (aka BOGO). During BOGO, it’s easy to try Big Blue as your connection to Expo.

How can I BOGO?

There are two ways to BOGO*:

  • Add any Big Blue Bus pass to a TAP (Transit Access Pass) card and we’ll provide you with another pass for free.
  • Add Stored Value on a TAP card and we’ll match your value for free so you can ride Big Blue Bus and Expo, up to $20 free value.

*Please note, to participate in BOGO you must load Big Blue Bus passes or Stored Value on TAP. TAP cards are available for purchase and cost $2 each. 

When can I BOGO?

Mark your calendar! BOGO starts on Friday, May 13th and is only available while supplies last.

Where can I BOGO?

Purchase BOGO and the Santa Monica limited edition TAP cards at:

  • Blue: the Transit Store (1444 4th St.) from 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday.
  • Mobility Center inside Santa Monica City Hall (1685 Main St.) from 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Thursday and Fridays from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Which passes are available during BOGO?

Big Blue Bus fare products included in the BOGO promotion are:

  • Regular Day Pass
  • Senior/Disabled/Medicare** Day Pass
  • Regular 7 Day Pass
  • Regular 13 Rides Pass
  • Senior/Disabled/Medicare 13 Rides Pass
  • Regular 30 Day Pass
  • Senior/Disabled/Medicare 30 Day Pass
  • Youth 30 Day Pass
  • Regular 30 Day Express Pass
  • Senior/Disabled/Medicare 30 Day Express Pass
  • TAP Stored Value

**Senior/Disable/Medicare riders may load reduced rate passes on special reduced-fare TAP cards. Click here to learn more about reduced rates.

What is Stored Value?

Stored Value is like cash on your TAP card that allows you to pay-per-ride. For seamless and cashless travel between Big Blue Bus and the Expo Line, use Stored Value on a TAP card for both systems. During BOGO, load a TAP card with Stored Value (up to $20 per visit), and you will receive an equal amount of Stored Value for free.

How does Stored Value work?

Stored Value is a pay-per-ride option recommended for riders who would like to pay for their Big Blue Bus cash fare and use other TAP-participating transit agencies. When you tap your card, the correct fare will be automatically deducted.

At this time, customers paying with TAP Stored Value will tap once and then pay the $1.25 Rapid 10 Express upgrade fee in cash.

What TAP card designs are available?

The City of Santa Monica commissioned three local artists’ work for commemorative TAP card designs as part of Expo celebrations. These limited edition TAP cards will only be available at the City Hall Mobility Center and at Blue: the Transit Store for $2 each until supplies last. Load your BOGO promotion onto one of these stylish TAP cards and GoSaMO! Standard TAP card designs will also be available for purchase.

Santa Monica Limited Edition TAP card designs

What are the details?

BOGO is limited to $110 free value, per person with ID, per week and will run while supplies last. All Big Blue Bus passes and Stored Value must be loaded onto a TAP card, which will be available for purchase for $2 each, including the three limited edition Santa Monica TAP cards. Click here to download the Business Rules. 

How do you transfer from Big Blue to Expo or vice versa?

BBB to Metro Rail: Ask the operator for a Metro Rail transfer when boarding. The cost is 50 cents. You will receive a special TAP-enabled transfer that you should tap on the validator/turnstile when you arrive at the train station.

Metro Rail to BBB: Purchase a “Metro-to-Muni’ transfer (same as an Inter-Agency Transfer) for 50 cents at one of the station ticket vending machines after you exit the train. These can be loaded on your TAP card. When boarding BBB, simply tap your card on the TAP validator to use the transfer.

Where can I reload my TAP card after BOGO?

You can reload Big Blue Bus passes and Stored Value online at taptogo.net, by phone at 866.TAPTOGO (866.827.8646), at TAP vending machines in Metro Rail Stations or at Blue: the Transit Store. Please note that online and phone fare orders may take up to 45 minutes to be ready on BBB, 24-48 hours to be ready on buses from other agencies that have farebox TAP validators, and up to 1 hour to be ready at Metro Rail stations.

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Big Blue Bus: BOGO

For a limited time, buy one Big Blue Bus pass, and get a second pass for free (aka BOGO). During BOGO, it’s easy to try Big Blue as your connection to Expo.

How can I BOGO?

There are two ways to BOGO*:

  • Add any Big Blue Bus pass to a TAP (Transit Access Pass) card and we’ll provide you with another pass for free.
  • Add Stored Value on a TAP card and we’ll match your value for free so you can ride Big Blue Bus and Expo, up to $20 free value.

*Please note, to participate in BOGO you must load Big Blue Bus passes or Stored Value on TAP. TAP cards are available for purchase and cost $2 each. 

When can I BOGO?

Mark your calendar! BOGO starts on Friday, May 13th and is only available while supplies last.

Where can I BOGO?

Purchase BOGO and the Santa Monica limited edition TAP cards at:

  • Blue: the Transit Store (1444 4th St.) from 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday.
  • Mobility Center inside Santa Monica City Hall (1685 Main St.) from 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Thursday and Fridays from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Which passes are available during BOGO?

Big Blue Bus fare products included in the BOGO promotion are:

  • Regular Day Pass
  • Senior/Disabled/Medicare** Day Pass
  • Regular 7 Day Pass
  • Regular 13 Rides Pass
  • Senior/Disabled/Medicare 13 Rides Pass
  • Regular 30 Day Pass
  • Senior/Disabled/Medicare 30 Day Pass
  • Youth 30 Day Pass
  • Regular 30 Day Express Pass
  • Senior/Disabled/Medicare 30 Day Express Pass
  • TAP Stored Value

**Senior/Disable/Medicare riders may load reduced rate passes on special reduced-fare TAP cards. Click here to learn more about reduced rates.

What is Stored Value?

Stored Value is like cash on your TAP card that allows you to pay-per-ride. For seamless and cashless travel between Big Blue Bus and the Expo Line, use Stored Value on a TAP card for both systems. During BOGO, load a TAP card with Stored Value (up to $20 per visit), and you will receive an equal amount of Stored Value for free.

How does Stored Value work?

Stored Value is a pay-per-ride option recommended for riders who would like to pay for their Big Blue Bus cash fare and use other TAP-participating transit agencies. When you tap your card, the correct fare will be automatically deducted.

At this time, customers paying with TAP Stored Value will tap once and then pay the $1.25 Rapid 10 Express upgrade fee in cash.

What TAP card designs are available?

The City of Santa Monica commissioned three local artists’ work for commemorative TAP card designs as part of Expo celebrations. These limited edition TAP cards will only be available at the City Hall Mobility Center and at Blue: the Transit Store for $2 each until supplies last. Load your BOGO promotion onto one of these stylish TAP cards and GoSaMO! Standard TAP card designs will also be available for purchase.

Santa Monica Limited Edition TAP card designs

What are the details?

BOGO is limited to $110 free value, per person with ID, per week and will run while supplies last. All Big Blue Bus passes and Stored Value must be loaded onto a TAP card, which will be available for purchase for $2 each, including the three limited edition Santa Monica TAP cards. Click here to download the Business Rules. 

How do you transfer from Big Blue to Expo or vice versa?

BBB to Metro Rail: Ask the operator for a Metro Rail transfer when boarding. The cost is 50 cents. You will receive a special TAP-enabled transfer that you should tap on the validator/turnstile when you arrive at the train station.

Metro Rail to BBB: Purchase a “Metro-to-Muni’ transfer (same as an Inter-Agency Transfer) for 50 cents at one of the station ticket vending machines after you exit the train. These can be loaded on your TAP card. When boarding BBB, simply tap your card on the TAP validator to use the transfer.

Where can I reload my TAP card after BOGO?

You can reload Big Blue Bus passes and Stored Value online at taptogo.net, by phone at 866.TAPTOGO (866.827.8646), at TAP vending machines in Metro Rail Stations or at Blue: the Transit Store. Please note that online and phone fare orders may take up to 45 minutes to be ready on BBB, 24-48 hours to be ready on buses from other agencies that have farebox TAP validators, and up to 1 hour to be ready at Metro Rail stations.

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