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Big Blue Bus To Share Expo Service Plan At Community Meeting This Tuesday:

Santa Monica’s transit authority Big Blue Bus will host a series of community workshops to share its proposed Expo service plan. The first meeting will be held this Tuesday.

All community members interested in local transit planning related to upcoming light rail service on the Expo Line are invited to attend.

Big Blue Bus staff and consultants from Nelson/Nygaard will make a presentation and be available for questions related to service planning integration.

The completion of light rail service in Santa Monica in early 2016 will have significant impact on public transportation to and from Santa Monica.

The final Phase 2 expansion will bring rail from the fringes of the BBB service area into its center.

Of the seven new rail stations that will open in Phase 2, three are within the City of Santa Monica city limits, including the western terminus for the line. Projected weekday ridership for the Exposition Line is 64,000 boardings per weekday as of 2030.

This is a significant change of conditions for a system that has served rail only at the periphery until now. Additionally, changes in demographics, zoning, and land use are forming pockets of increasing density in designated commercial and mixed use areas in order to conserve Santa Monica’s existing diverse residential areas.

More resources are being dedicated to walking, biking, ridesharing, and transit to optimize the efficiency of the transportation system, and this change is remaking the fabric of the service area.

The goal for Big Blue Bus Service Changes is to create service connections making transit and rail an even more convenient and attractive option for residents and visitors in the West side.

Community Workshops Open to the Public

— Tuesday, July 22; 6-8pm

Felicia Mahood Senior Citizen Center, Community Room

11338 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, 90028

Ride BBB Routes 1 or 4.

Parking is available on surrounding streets and the parking lot across the street. Parking validation will not be provided at this location.

— Wednesday, July 23; 6-8pm

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, East Wing

1855 Main St., Santa Monica, 90401

Ride BBB Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, Rapid 3, Rapid 7 or Rapid 10.

Parking is available at Civic Center Lot. Parking validation will be provided at this location.

— Thursday, July 24; 1-3pm

Santa Monica Main Library, Multi-Purpose Room

601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 90401

Ride BBB Routes 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, Rapid 3, Rapid 7 or Rapid 10.

Parking is available in the library garage (enter on 7th St. just north of Santa Monica Blvd.).Parking validation will be provided at this location.

In addition to public meetings, Big Blue Bus invites customer feedback on the proposed Expo Service Plan at http://expo.bigbluebus.com/survey.

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