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Phase Two of Big Blue Bus Service Realignment Starts February 21

A Rapid 7 crosses the Expo tracks by the Big Blue Bus facility at Colorado and 6th Street as a test train approaches. (Photo by Jason Islas/Santa Monica Next)
A Rapid 7 crosses the Expo tracks by the Big Blue Bus facility at Colorado and 6th Street as a test train approaches. (Photo by Jason Islas/Santa Monica Next)

Be prepared for some changes to Big Blue Bus routes and schedules this Sunday, February 21, when the municipal transit agency begins phase two of its three-part service realignment.

The changes, the single-largest adjustment to service the Big Blue Bus has made in its seven decades, are designed to better integrate the municipal transit services with the coming Expo light rail line, scheduled to start passenger service to Santa Monica in May.

This round of changes affects nearly every route in the system and will add two new routes, 16 and 18, to Big Blue Bus service. Once all three phases of the “Evolution of Blue” plan are fully implemented, we will some exciting stuff, like an “Uber-like” on-demand service on the evenings to help get people home from Expo stations and the addition of several new routes.

Routes 1, 8, and 3M will see some major changes while the rest will get some relatively minor tweaks. You can see the full list of changes happening this Sunday here or below. Click on a specific route name to be taken to a more detailed explanation of the changes.

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