The Santa Monica City Council last week signed off on a slew of bus service changes to improve the efficiency of the city’s municipal bus operations and improve connections with Metro Rail.
Travelers to and from the Westside will benefit from increased service, larger buses and a Metro Rail connection on the popular Rapid 7 line that runs mostly on Pico Boulevard. Instead of the line ending at Rimpau Terminal — as it does now — the Rapid 7 will make a stop there before continuing up Crenshaw Boulevard to Wilshire Boulevard, then heading east to the Wilshire/Western Purple Line station.
Additionally, several proposed changes that are still awaiting the city’s approval would improve connections with Phase 1 of the Expo Line starting in February 2012. Current Big Blue Bus Lines 12 and Super 12 — the latter to become a Rapid 12 — would be rerouted to connect the Culver City Expo Line Station to UCLA. Line 5 would be rerouted to connect the Culver City station with Century City and downtown Santa Monica.
Big Blue Bus will be holding community meetings this fall to discuss these Expo-related proposed changes, which would then be forwarded to the city council for their consideration.
Also of note, the 10 Express line — which shuttles riders from Union Station, through downtown L.A. and off to Santa Monica via I-10 — will be re-designated as a Rapid line. Accordingly, the stop distances on both ends will be increased in a couple of places to improve end-to-end run times.