Long Beach Transit
|Area served||Long Beach, California|
|Number of routes||35|
Long Beach Transit (LBT) is a transit agency providing bus, ferry, and dial-a-ride service in southern Los Angeles County, with its focus on the cities of Signal Hill and Long Beach. The agency's routes also extend into Artesia, Bellflower, Carson, Cerritos, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Los Alamitos, Paramount, and Seal Beach.
Long Beach Transit (originally known as the Long Beach Public Transportation Company) was formed in 1963, as a municipal takeover of bus routes operated by the private company National City Lines. In the 1960s, LBT bought new buses to replace the older models previously operated by NCL, including several ex-London Transport double-decker buses for tourist service, and was also the first transit agency to take delivery of the RTS bus in 1977. LBT was the first major bus system in the United States to offer dial-a-ride paratransit for the disabled, with LBT's "Dial-A-Lift" service starting in 1976.
In 1982, as part of a downtown renewal effort, the City of Long Beach opened the Long Beach Transit Mall, on 1st Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Pacific Avenue. This two-block section of 1st Street was restricted to buses and pedestrians only, and it was expanded to include Metro Rail service in 1992 with the completion of the LACMTA Blue Line.
Growing ridership in the 1990s, as well as the development associated with Long Beach's "Downtown Renaissance", saw the introduction of LBT's "Passport" routes. Originally using 10 Orion II minibuses, the Passport system now covers many parts of Long Beach and operates using 30 Chance Opus vehicles. LBT also inaugurated ferry service on Long Beach's harbor, using the 40-passenger "AquaBus" and 70-passenger "AquaLink" vessels. More downtown shuttles, such as the "Village Tour D'Art" and the "Pine Avenue Link" were introduced in the early 2000s.
To keep up with increased demand, LBT bought 13 New Flyer D60LF articulated buses in 2002. The agency also began to order New Flyer GE40LF (nicknamed "E-Power") gasoline-electric hybrid buses in 2004, with subsequent orders in 2005 and 2007. LBT also closed part of the Transit Mall in 2008 for construction of the new LBT Information Center.
All routes are wheelchair accessible (as LBT has no non-accessible buses.)
- 1 Easy
- 21 Cherry
- 22 Downey
- 45 Anaheim Crosstown
- 46 Anaheim (to Downtown)
- 51 Long Beach (to Artesia Station)
- 52 Long Beach (to Artesia Boulevard)
- 61 Atlantic (to Artesia Station)
- 71 Orange to Artesia/Atlantic
- 72 Orange to Garfield/Rosecrans
- 81 10th Street (to CSULB)
- 91 7th Street/Bellflower
- 92 7th Street/Woodruff
- 93 7th Street/Clark
- 94 7th Street (to Los Altos)
- 96 7th Street ZAP
- 101 Carson/Centralia
- 102 Willow/Spring to Norwalk
- 103 Carson (to Lakewood Mall)
- 104 Willow/Spring to Long Beach Airport
- 111 Broadway/Lakewood
- 112 Broadway/Clark
- 121 Ocean/Belmont Shore/CSULB/PCH at Ximeno
- 131 Redondo (to Seal Beach)
- 151 4th Street
- 171 Pacific Coast Highway (to Seal Beach)
- 172 Pacific Coast Highway/Palo Verde (to Norwalk Station)
- 173 Pacific Coast Highway/Studebaker (to Norwalk Station)
- 174 Pacific Coast Highway (to Ximeno)
- 176 ZAP - PCH/LBCC/Lakewood Mall
- 181 Magnolia/4th Street
- 182 Pacific/4th Street
- 191 Santa Fe/Del Amo
- 192 Santa Fe/South
These routes, provided by LBT free of charge in downtown Long Beach, use a dedicated fleet of buses.
- Passport - Downtown Long Beach/Queen Mary
- Address: 1963 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90813-3907
- Customer Relations/Switchboard: 562-591-8753
- Transit Information: 562-591-2301
Transit Information Center
- Address: 130 E. 1st St., Long Beach, CA
- Long Beach Awards New Flyer with a Contract for up to 129 Xcelsior Buses, New Flyer Industries. Dated March 10, 2016, retrieved on July 20, 2016.
- Long Beach Transit First in Nation with New Flyer Modern Design to Hybrid Electric Gasoline Buses, lbtransit.com, retrieved 09-11-2010
- 2021 New Flyer order
- Effective August 26, 2012, Long Beach Transit is making a few key changes to your service., Long Beach Transit. Retrieved on 27 August 2012.
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