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Big Blue Bus Community Meeting

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Big Blue Bus (BBB) next meeting to be held in Viewpoint Lounge at Ackerman Union on Monday, Oct. 6. (Photo by Big Blue Bus)

UCLA and Santa Monica Big Blue Bus (BBB) are inviting the UCLA community to attend a meeting in Viewpoint Lounge at Ackerman Union on Monday, Oct. 6 (noon-2pm) regarding the proposed changes to take place to the BBB lines in early 2016.

The Expo line extension, which is expected to open early 2016, will have a major impact on public transit on the Westside. As part of this change, BBB is currently evaluating its system, which could result in some significant service changes that will impact the UCLA community.

BBB staff members will be hosting a community meeting at UCLA as an opportunity for students, employees and members of the community to share their feedback and concerns on the proposed changes.

If you cannot attend the meeting, share your thoughts on this BBB survey, which will remain open until Wednesday, Oct. 8. The meeting and survey will be your only chance for your voice to be heard before decisions are made on the upcoming service changes.

Please see BBB for more information regarding the proposed changes.

Meeting Details
Date: Monday, Oct. 6th
Time: Noon to 2 p.m.
Location: Ackerman Union, Viewpoint Conference Room (2nd Floor)

UCLA Fall Quarter Metro passes on sale now

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Just in time for the start of fall quarter, UCLA quarterly Metro TAP passes are now on sale. Both renewals and new passes can be processed at the UCLA Central Ticket Office. Fall passes will be valid beginning September 22. These passes are valid through December 21, 2014 for students and December 28, 2014 for employees.

Although Metro is increasing their fares, including base fares and passes, effective September 15, 2014, this increase will not be reflected in the cost of the UCLA-subsidized quarterly Metro TAP passes until winter quarter 2015.

Big Blue Bus wants your input on proposed service changes

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When the second and final phase of Metro’s Expo Line opens in early 2016, a light rail connection will link Santa Monica, West LA, Culver City and downtown LA. The closest station to UCLA will be at Westwood Blvd. and Exposition Blvd., two miles south of campus.

Santa Monica Big Blue Bus (BBB) is currently reevaluating all of its bus routes, looking to leverage the full length of the Expo Line to improve overall public transit service throughout the Westside--several of BBB's proposed changes negatively impact service to UCLA. BBB’s resources to provide bus service, however, will remain relatively unchanged, meaning that any new or enhanced routes will also be accompanied by reduced or eliminated service on other routes within the BBB system. BBB has released an initial set of proposed service changes, which can be viewed at http://expo.bigbluebus.com/home. These are only draft recommendations, and BBB is looking for your input on the proposed changes. If you have concerns regarding particular routes, or would like to suggest a new route, make your voice heard. Submit your comments to bus-info@bigbluebus.com or complete a survey at http://expo.bigbluebus.com/survey/.

UCLA employees and students will also have another opportunity to provide input at an on-campus community meeting which will be announced and take place at the beginning of Fall Quarter.