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News, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

Big Blue Bus Retiring Local Transfers Beginning Jan. 1

Posted Dec. 15, 2013, 9:38 am

Mirror Staff

As part of Big Blue Bus’ commitment to keeping its fares low, the Santa Monica-based transit authority will retire “local” transfers (between one BBB to another BBB) starting Jan. 1, 2014.

With the introduction of new fareboxes and the “Azul” smartcard in the spring of 2014, the elimination of local transfers will help expedite your boarding times while impacting the least amount of riders (approximately 3.8 percent).

Senior/Disabled/Medicare riders will not experience an increase in fares, since the heavily discounted day pass will remain at $1.50.

As the demand for EZ transit and TAP passes increases, BBB is also looking to simplify fare options to keep you moving.

The launch of Azul will give you more flexibility with fare payment features such as the ability to add value in any amount to your card and/or load pre-paid passes such as the BBB day pass.

To keep things convenient for bus users, BBB will continue the sale and acceptance of interagency transfers (IATs) to transfer between BBB and most other regional transit agencies. IAT prices will remain the same:

- Regular: $0.50

- Senior/Disabled/Medicare: $0.25

For more information, call 310.451.5444 or visit

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Dec. 15, 2013, 11:00:26 am

bebe said...

I ride BBB daily using a 30 pass. The busses are clean and service is good. I notice many people..many...including school kids with sodas or other expensive drinks in hand ...who say they don't have the fare. Is the protocol of BBB to give a choice to pay or not pay? The kids and UCLA students seem to be taking unfair advantage. Many just laugh...

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