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New BruinBus Summer Schedule!

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bruinbus_blog_launchChanges are coming to the BruinBus for summer quarter!

Starting Monday, June 19, the Campus route will run from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Wilshire route will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Both routes will have stops every 12 minutes.

These schedule changes will remain in effect until Friday, September 22.

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New Stops Added to BruinBus Wilshire Route

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bruinbus_blog_launchThree new stops have been added to the BruinBus Wilshire route!

The new Wilshire route—previously called the Wilshire Center Express— is now making a northbound stop on Lindbrook Drive directly behind the Hammer Museum, a southbound stop on Lindbrook Drive in front of Panera Bread, and a southbound stop at Murphy Hall.

These new stops will provide UCLA employees and students access to Westwood Village, the Wilshire Center and main campus. The schedule for the new Wilshire route will remain the same.

Below is a map of the new route. For more information, please visit our website.

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BruinBus introduces two new all-electric buses to its fleet!

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On Tuesday, September 27, UCLA Transportation reveled two new, all-electric buses as part of the BruinBus transit program. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place at Dickson Court North featuring music, light refreshments, fun BruinBus giveaways and a test ride on one of the buses.

These zero emission, clean-fueled transit buses can run for up to 145 miles and only require 4 hours of recharging time. Built by the automotive company BYD, the battery-electric buses are five times more efficient compared to diesel, CNG, and hybrid technologies and will replace the last diesel buses in the BruinBus campus shuttle fleet. The buses will be the first electric buses at any public university in California!

Check out some of the photos from the event below!


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New All-Electric BruinBus Unveiling

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UCLA Transportation is excited to introduce two new all-electric buses to its BruinBus campus shuttle service. These clean fueled buses will be the first electric buses at any public university in California!

Join us Tuesday, September 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Dickson Court North at Portola Plaza. Giveaways, bus tours and light refreshments will be provided to those in attendance.

 

Expo Line To Santa Monica Opens in One Month

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Exactly one month from now, the Expo Line extension will be opening. This is great news for UCLA commuters, who will now have a good alternative to the oft-congested Santa Monica Freeway.

The current Expo Line only runs to Culver City. The 6.6-mile extension adds seven new stations:

  1. Palms: At the intersection of Palms Blvd. and National Ave.
  1. Westwood/Rancho Park: This is the best transfer point for buses headed up Westwood Blvd. to Westwood Village and UCLA. It’s less than a 10-minute drive from campus.
  1. Expo/Sepulveda: Just south of Pico Blvd. Near Sawtelle Japantown.
  1. Expo/Bundy: About 1.5 miles from the Santa Monica Airport.
  1. 26th/Bergamot: Adjacent to the Bergamot Station arts complex in Santa Monica.
  1. 17th Street/SMC: About half a mile from Santa Monica College.
  1. Downtown Santa Monica: Steps away from the Santa Monica Pier, the beach, Santa Monica Place, the Third Street Promenade, the Palisades Park, Tongva Park and the Santa Monica Civic Center.

Those heading to UCLA should step off the Westwood/Rancho Park station. Beginning June 11, the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus will operate its new Rapid 12 service, a more direct route between the Palms station, the Westwood station and UCLA. According to Big Blue Bus, it will run every seven to eight minutes during peak times throughout the school year.

“It was closely replicate the experience of an end-to-end shuttle, and with virtually no wait time at either end due to high frequency,” said Edward F. King, Director of Transit Services at Big Blue Bus, in a Daily Bruin Letter to the Editor.

The new Culver CityBus Rapid 6 will offer a near-direct route between the Sepulveda station and UCLA.

Additionally, UCLA Housing is offering  a Saturday BruinBus shuttle—operated by UCLA Transportation—to Santa Monica. BruinBus shuttles are free not just to students but also to Westwood visitors.

UCLA Transportation subsidizes 50% of the BruinGO! Flash Pass, which provides unlimited rides on an Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Culver CityBus. The pass only costs $33 per quarter or $0.50 per ride.

Amid requests to have UCLA Transportation offer a free shuttle from campus to the Expo Line’s Westwood station—which will likely prove to be cost inefficient—King countered that while “having to pay any fare does discourage ridership, we don’t agree that the solution is to overlap service that is already planned to handle the large loads of students. It would waste resources on both sides.”

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