The 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.
Exciting news! The Culver CityBus Rapid 6 has returned to Gateway Plaza (formerly known as Ackerman turnaround). They've also implemented additional service—with a new mid-day service between 10:12 a.m. and 2:42 p.m. that picks up every 30 minutes and additional evening service.
To top it all off, there's a new all-day Rapid 6 Short Line! The Short Line has 8 stops instead of the regular Rapid's 15, from Westwood Plaza/Strathmore Place to Sepulveda Boulevard/Palms Boulevard.
UCLA faculty, staff and students can ride any Culver CityBus for a 50-cent copay per ride, or by purchasing a BruinGO! Flash Pass for only $33 per quarter. This fall, as part of our new BruinTAP for Transit promotion, if you buy a Go Metro pass, you'll get a Flash Pass for free!
Tired of that super long trip on transit between Westwood and Downtown LA?
Well, how does 25 minutes sound?
The Purple Line Extension will add nine miles of track between its current endpoint at Wilshire/Western in Koreatown and the Westwood area. And it may just be hitting the streets 10 years before its initial target date! As projected by the draft spending plan, this new rail line will be in service between 2024 and 2027.
The following Metro stations will be built:
The Westwood/UCLA stop, which will be located at the intersection of Wilshire and Westwood, plants you 1.1 miles away from the heart of campus. The Westwood/VA Hospital Station will be located in front of the Veteran Administration’s West Los Angeles Medical Center.
Plus, think of all the places you'll be able to venture to along the Purple Line Extension. Hop off the Wilshire/La Brea Station and visit the La Brea Tar Pits, or step off Wilshire/Fairfax and cross the street to LACMA. The Wilshire/Fairfax stop is about a mile from the Farmers Market and the Grove, and the Wilshire/La Cienega Station is 0.75 miles from the Beverly Center and Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
Imagine what your commute could look like when this project is finally completed. So just sit tight: It might even be done before 2024 if UCLA is picked to host the 2024 Summer Olympics!
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:
Palms: At the intersection of Palms Blvd. and National Ave.
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.
Expo/Sepulveda: Just south of Pico Blvd. Near Sawtelle Japantown.
Expo/Bundy: About 1.5 miles from the Santa Monica Airport.
26th/Bergamot: Adjacent to the Bergamot Station arts complex in Santa Monica.
17th Street/SMC: About half a mile from Santa Monica College.
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.”
Here at UCLA Transportation, we're all about being healthy. We encourage the UCLA community to commute sustainably not just to avoid LA traffic, which is the worst nationwide, and to save money on gas, parking and other vehicle costs. We want you to try biking, walking or taking public transit because it facilitates a healthy lifestyle, both mentally and physically. So it makes sense that when you're on campus walking to your bus stop or cycling down a bike lane, we want you to Breathe Well.
That's what UCLA's Tobacco-Free Initiative is all about. It creates a healthier, more breathable and environmentally green campus for our entire community. Whether you're a visitor, student or UCLA employee, if you're on any part of the campus, smoking is not allowed, including electronic cigarettes and vapes. There is no risk-free level of second-hand smoke. By creating a tobacco-free environment, Breathe Well saves lives and cuts down on the leading worldwide cause of preventable death.
Check out this cool, student-produced video designed to raise awareness about Breathe Well.