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Big Blue Bus Announces Changes to Route 17

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bbbThe Big Blue Bus has just announced some major changes coming to Route 17 on February 19th!

The new and improved route will not only provide much better connectivity between UCLA and the Expo Line, but it will also provide longer weekday service and get you to your destination at a much quicker pace! Riders will also be able to take advantage of a brand new bus stop which will be located on NB Westwood Plaza & The Jules Stein Eye Institute!

Here is the complete list of changes that will be made to Route 17:

1. The route will now begin and end at Charles E. Young Terminal instead of Hilgard Terminal

2. Northbound trips will no longer serve Le Conte Ave. or Hilgard Ave.

3. The Southbound stop will be discontinued on Hilgard Ave. and Westholme Ave.

4. The stop on National Blvd. & Venice Blvd. (Culver City Station) will now be located before the intersection.

5. There will also be six new discontinued stops:

  • NB Westwood Blvd. & Le Conte Ave.
  • EB Le Conte Ave. & Tiverton Ave.
  • NB Hilgard Ave. & Manning Ave.
  • NB Hilgard Ave. & Westholme Ave.
  • UCLA Hilgard Terminal
  • SB Hilgard Ave. & Westholme Ave

 

Expo Line Opening Weekend Recap

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This past weekend, Metro celebrated the opening of the Expo Line Extension with a host of activities. In case you missed it, here are some photos from the festivities.

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Expo Line Extension Opens This Friday!

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Metro is offering transit users free rides on the Expo Line this Friday and Saturday when the highly-anticipated 6.6-mile extension will finally make its way to the Westside.

The free rides on Friday will run from noon until the close of service. On Saturday, May 21, the free rides will begin at 4:42 a.m. in Downtown Santa Monica and at 4:45 a.m. at the 7th/Metro Center Station. Free Saturday rides will continue until the end of service around 2 a.m.

Metro will also be holding celebrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the following stations:

  • Downtown Santa Monica
  • 17th St/SMC
  • 26th St/Bergamot
  • Expo/Bundy
  • Palms
  • Culver City

Station celebrations will include live music, children’s activities, food trucks, bike valets and pit-stops, information booths, and more.

Need a way to get there without hopping in your car? Metro recently compiled a comprehensive list of bus connections and bike parking for all seven new Expo Line stations.

Check out Metro’s cool “More to Explore” video about the Expo Line Extension below:

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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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