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Big Blue Bus Retiring Local Transfers Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 1

A Big Blue Bus in downtown Santa Monica.
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A Big Blue Bus in downtown Santa Monica.

Posted Dec. 31, 2014, 9:04 am

Mitch James / Mirror Contributor

As part of Big Blue Bus' commitment to keeping its fares low, the retirement of "local" transfers (between one BBB to another BBB) will begin Wednesday, 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 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 bus users 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, 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. 31, 2014, 7:58:55 pm

Susan Courtright said...

Well gee...first BBB doubles the senior/disabled fare and now they're trying to sell ANOTHER increase of 50% for seniors/disabled as "their committment to keeping its fares low". C'mon, tell the truth! Only people besides local students who use the inter-BBB transfers are the seniors/disabled and they use them ALL THE TIME, not the 3.8% that BBB manufactured. The BBB drivers feel really bad ly about this as well, since they and only they at BBB know their regular customers.

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