Big Blue Bus’ Big Blue 2010 Planning Meetings

SANTA MONICA, Calif. The Big Blue Bus will hold a series of community meetings in
January and early February to seek public
opinion and input about a variety of
upcoming projects and initiatives the agency is planning
for 2010.

Items
to
be discussed include the bus stop redevelopment program, a proposed
fare
restructure proposal, redevelopment of the Tide Ride, the agency’s new
proposed website, and the new hybrid buses that will be joining the
fleet this year.

The
community meetings will be held:

· January 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the L.A. City Library, 2920
Overland Avenue, Los Angeles.

· January 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Montana Branch Library, 1704
Montana Blvd, Santa Monica.

· January 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fairview Branch Library, 2101
Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica.

· January 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica
Blvd, Santa Monica.

· February 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Main Library in Santa Monica.

All
locations can be accessed via the Big Blue Bus. Specific route information is
available at www.bigbluebus.com/meetings/community-meetings.html.

To
request language or interpretation services, or disability-related
accommodations, for any of the meetings, contact Big Blue Bus Customer Service
at least three business days prior to the meeting at 310-451-5444.

For
media inquiries, please contact Francine Pares at 949-481-7559 or fpares@intelibrand.com or Dan Dawson
at 310-458-1975 or dan.dawson@smgov.net.

About the Big Blue Bus

The
Big Blue Bus (www.bigbluebus.com) operates a fleet of over 200 energy efficient vehicles,
transporting more than 80,000 passengers a day across a nearly 52-square mile
service area. Nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to a
cleaner environment, the entire fleet operates on alternative fuels, including
liquefied natural gas (LNG), which helps cut emissions by over 80 percent.
Serving Santa Monica and the Los Angeles area since 1928, the Big Blue Bus has
an 86 percent on-time performance record and has won numerous national awards
for its customer service, safety and efficiency.Big

  • I think there should be fewer of the RAPID buses during the middle hours of the day and more of the regular buses that stop at ALL the marked stops. Waiting a long time at a bus stop in the middle of the day while RAPID buses go zooming past is very frustrating. Durng the non-rush hours, it should not be necessary for a person to wait a long time for a bus, while several RAPID buses go by with almost no passengers. Incidentally, it would be helpful to elderly people to have some of these meetings at an earlier hour. Some older residents do not go out after dark, especially those who travel by bus.

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