Rapid 10: Los Angeles Taste of Tamales detour Sunday 12/15 from 5am-9pm
Route 8: Stop on Main at City Hall temporarily closed
Route 3, 5, & Rapid 3: Temporary stop relocations near Arizona Ave. and 5th St.
Route 5: Service has moved from Colorado Ave. to Broadway in Santa Monica
There's a lot to know about the Big Blue Bus! From our humble beginnings back at the turn of the century to the ultra-modern, environmentally friendly transit agency we’ve become today, our goal has always been to provide outstanding service and value to our customers and community.
the early 1900s, the Pacific Electric Railroad ran trolley lines between
Downtown Los Angeles and neighboring cities. During a recession in 1914, a
group of unemployed automobile owners began using their cars to compete with
the railway in Santa Monica. These drivers charged riders five cents and were
called “jitneys,” a common name at the time for a nickel.
In 1921, as the population of Santa Monica doubled, business boomed and the
jitney drivers incorporated as Bay Cities Transit Company, and they were soon
operating buses throughout the city. In 1928, the City of Santa Monica launched
its own bus line and over 16,000 passengers rode the new buses the first week.
They chose a blue color scheme for their buses and called their service Santa
Monica Municipal Bus Lines.
1660 7th Street, Santa Monica, California 90401
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