Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus

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Area served Santa Monica, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Founded 1928[1]
Fleet size 200
Number of routes 16 (local)
4 (Rapid)
Ridership 18,841,607
(2014, annual)[2]
Union SMART-TD Local 1785
Website bigbluebus.com
Facebook @SMBigBlueBus
Instagram @bigbluebus
Twitter @SMBigBlueBus

Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus, publicly branded as Big Blue Bus, operates 16 local and 4 "Rapid" bus routes in the cities of Santa Monica and Los Angeles and their environs in California.

History

  • Established in 1928 by the City of Santa Monica as Santa Monica Municipal Bus Lines to compete with the privately-owned Bay Cities Transit Company.
  • In 1950, SMMBL purchased Bay Cities Transit Company after that bus company and the City of Santa Monica were financially struggling by the rising costs.
  • In 1999, this bus system's name was officially changed to Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus.

Routes

Local routes

  • 1 - Santa Monica Boulevard (Daily from 5am-Midnight) - UCLA/Venice
  • 2 - Wilshire Boulevard (Daily from 6am-11pm) - UCLA/Venice
  • 3 - Lincoln Blvd (Daily from 5am-Midnight) - UCLA/Aviation Metro Green Line Station
  • 5 - Olympic Boulevard (Daily from 5am-10pm) - Santa Monica/Culver City Metro Expo Line Station
  • 7 - Pico Boulevard (Daily from 4:45am-11:45pm) - Santa Monica/Pico-Rimpau Blvd.
  • 8 - Ocean Park Boulevard (Daily from 6am-Midnight) - Santa Monica/UCLA
  • 9 - Sunset Boulevard (Daily from 6am-10pm) - Santa Monica/Pacific Palisades
  • 14 - Bundy Dr & Centinela Ave (Daily from 6am-10pm) - Brentwood/Culver City
  • 15 - Barrington Avenue (Daily from 6am-7:45pm) - Brentwood
  • 16 - Wilshire Blvd & Bundy Dr (Weekdays from 5:30am-8:15pm) - West Los Angeles/Marina Del Rey
  • 17 - UCLA/VA Medical Center/Palms (Daily from 6am-10pm) - Culver City/UCLA
  • 18 - UCLA/Abbott Kinney/Mariana Del Ray (Daily from 6am-10pm) - Mariana Del Ray/Brentwood
  • 41 - 17th Street Station/SMC/Montana (Daily from 6am-9pm) - Clockwise
  • 42 - 17th Street Station/SMC/Montana (Daily from 6am-9pm) - Counter-clockwise
  • 43 - San Vicente Blvd & 26th Street (Weekdays from 6am-9:30am & 1:15pm-7:15pm) - Santa Monica/Brentwood
  • 44 - SMC Campus Connector (Weekdays from 6:30am-6:30pm) - Santa Monica/Santa Monica College/Ocean Park

Rapid routes

  • R3 - Lincoln Boulevard (Weekdays from 5:45am-10:30am & 1:30pm-9pm) - Santa Monica/Aviation-LAX Metro Green Line Station
  • R7 - Pico Boulevard (Weekdays from 5:30am-11:30pm) - Santa Monica/Pico-Rimpau/Wilshire-Western Metro Purple Line Station
  • R10 - Freeway Express (Daily from 5:30am-9:30pm) - Santa Monica/Santa Monica College (Select Weekday westbound trips only)/Downtown Los Angeles
  • R12 - UCLA Commuter (Weekdays from 6am-10am to UCLA; 2pm-6pm from UCLA) - UCLA Ackerman Terminal/Culver City Metro Expo Line Station

Fares

Facilities

Transit Store/Customer Service Center

  • Address: 1334 5th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Phone: 310-451-5444

Garage/Offices

  • Address: 1660 7th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401-3324

Roster

Active

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1300 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 1300.jpeg 2012 Gillig BRT CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G Voith D864.5 Sports the newer "Big Blue Bus" livery.
1301-1344 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 1316-a.jpg 2013 Gillig BRT CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G Voith D864.5 Sport the newer "Big Blue Bus" livery.
1345-1357 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 1357-a.jpg 2014 Gillig BRT CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G Voith D864.5 Sport the newer "Big Blue Bus" livery.
1500-1510 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 1506-a.jpg 2015 Gillig BRT CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R Sport the newer "Big Blue Bus" livery.
1560-1566 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 1566-a.jpg 2015 NFI XN60 Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B500R Sport the newer "Big Blue Bus" livery.
1600-1603 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 1601-a.jpg 2015 Gillig BRT CNG 29'
(G27E102N2)
Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R
  • Delivered between December 2015 and January 2016.[3]
  • Sport the newer "Big Blue Bus" livery.
1701-1725 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 1717.jpeg 2016-2017 Gillig BRT CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
(G31D102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G NZ Allison B400R
  • 1701-1705 are 2016 models, while 1706-1725 are 2017 models.
  • Sport the newer "Big Blue Bus" livery.
1801-1807 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 1806.jpg 2018 Gillig BRT CNG 29'
(G31E102R2)
Cummins Westport L9N Allison B400R
  • Entered service on 4/2/2018.
  • Sport the newer "Big Blue Bus" livery.
1808-1826 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 1816.jpeg 2018 Gillig BRT CNG 40'
(G31D102N4)
Cummins Westport L9N Allison B400R
  • Entered service 10/10/18 (1808, 1812)
  • Replaced many New Flyer L40LF buses.
1827 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 1827-a.jpg 2018 Gillig Low Floor EV 40' Cummins BES Direct drive
  • Expected to be delivered on October 2018
  • Spotted near the Gillig Plant in Livermore on 5/2/19, delivered in July 2019
2900-2904 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 2902-b.jpg 2010 ElDorado E-Z Rider II BRT 32' Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B300R
  • Former gasoline-electric hybrids.
  • Converted to CNG in 2014.
  • Sport a modified version of the newer "Big Blue Bus" livery.
2905-2914 2012 ElDorado E-Z Rider II BRT 32' Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B300R Sport the newer "Big Blue Bus" livery.
3868-3876 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 3871-a.jpg 2011 NABI 40-LFW CNG
(40LFW.51)
Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R
  • Part of contract that would have seen 58 units over 5 years
  • BBB did not exercise the option on the remaining 49 units; instead opted for the Gilligs
  • Purchased in part with ARRA funding
  • Sport the newer "Big Blue Bus" livery.
4038-4089 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 4080-a.jpg 2004-2005 NFI L40LF Cummins Westport C Gas Plus ZF 6HP592C Some units retired.
4090-4099 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 4090-a.jpg 2006 NFI L40LF Cummins Westport C Gas Plus ZF 6HP592C
  • 2005 models.
  • Last New Flyer L40LF buses ever built.
5300-5310 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 5301-a.jpg 2010 NABI 60-BRT CNG
(60BRT.14)
Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B500R
  • Exclusively used on Rapid Lines 3, 7 & 10. On weekends they are used on Line 3.
  • Sport the newer "Big Blue Bus" livery.
5311-5320 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 5319-a.jpg 2011 NABI 60-BRT CNG
(60BRT.14)
Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B500R
  • Exclusively used on Rapid Lines 3, 7 & 10. On weekends they are used on Line 3.
  • Sport the newer "Big Blue Bus" livery.

On Order

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
(Up to 18 buses)[4] TBD Gillig Low Floor EV 40' Cummins BES Direct drive

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
101-115 1953 GMC TDH-3714 Detroit Diesel 4-71 101, 102, 104, & 103 to Culver CityBus 3701-3704.
116-126 1954 GMC TDH-3714 Detroit Diesel 4-71
471-472 1980 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-740
2601-2603 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 2602-a.jpg 1996 APS Systems P10-01A
  • Electric buses
  • Used for Tide Shuttle service.
  • Retired in 2004.
2604-2605 2000 APS Systems P10-01A
  • Electric buses
  • Used for Tide Shuttle service.
  • Retired in 2004.
2606-2615 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 2614-a.jpg 2000 Thomas Dennis SLF230 Cummins B5.9 Allison AT-545
  • Many units were used for Tide Shuttle service starting in 2004.
  • Retired in July 2010.
3801-3867 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 3856-a.jpg 1997-1998 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
  • 20 known units were bought by Transit Sales International.
  • Possibly 4 units were bought by Frank's Star-Dust Tours, Inc. DBA The Bus.
  • 3865 was bought by Scott Richards/Regional Transit Service from Zacher's Auto Salvage in June 2014.
  • 3854, 3844, 3851, 3802, 3813, 3835, 3864, 3806, 3808, 3832 & 3830 to IndyGo 9789-9799.
  • 1 unit to Transtar 4006; later transferred to Escot Bus Lines.
4001-4037 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 4036-a.jpg 2002 NABI 40-LFW LNG
(040.23)
Detroit Diesel Series 50G Allison B400R
4101-4102 1966 GMC SDM-4502 Detroit Diesel 6V71N 4-speed manual
4201-4205 1973 GMC T6H-4523A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Sold to Welland Transit in 1997.
4206-4210 Santa Monica Municipal Bus Lines 4208 & 4207-a.jpg 1975 AMG 9635A-6 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VS2-6
  • Retired in 1988.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
4501-4513 1955 GMC TDH-4512 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
4514-4526 1956 GMC TDH-4512 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
4551-4554 1960 GMC TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
4555-4564 1961 GMC TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
4565-4566 1963 GMC TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
4567-4568 1963 GMC TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
4569-4573 1965 GMC TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH 4573 appears in a scene in the season two Adam-12 episode "Log 134".[5]
4574-4577 1969 GMC T6H-4521A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
4701-4715 1979 Grumman-Flxible 870
(53102-8-1)
Detroit Diesel 8V71TAE Allison V730 1 unit to Airocar Inc./Gray Line of Orlando 4003 circa 1993.
4716-4747 1980 Grumman-Flxible 870
(53102-8-1)
Detroit Diesel 8V71TAE Allison V730 6 units to Santa Cruz Metro 8069-8074.
4748-4762 1981 Grumman-Flxible 870
(40102-6)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730 Retired in 1996.
4801-4821 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 4819-a.jpg 1995 Nova Bus Classic
(TC40-102A)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
  • All units retired as of Fall 2011.
  • Last high floor transit buses in Santa Monica fleet.
  • 12 known units were bought by Transit Sales International.[6] 11 units remain.[7]
4801-4808 (1st) 1957 GMC TDH-4801 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
4901-4925 1973 GMC T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison
4926-4942 1975 AMG 10240A-8 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS2-8
4951-4960 1991 MCI Classic
(TC40-102A)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
5101-5113 (1st) 1958 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
5101-5122 1982 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 All units were bought by Mississauga Truck and Bus and were sold to Barrie Transit, Brampton Transit and STCUQ.
5123-5180 Santa Monica Municipal Bus Lines 5180-a.jpg 1985-1986 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
  • Last Fishbowls ever built.
  • 5142, 5128 & 5176 were bought by Frank's All City Lines. 5142 was renumbered 5101.[8][9][10]
  • Many units were sold to Canadian properties after retirement.
  • 5162 was bought by Loren Joplin/Dreamliner Bus Leasing & Service. It was sold to a private owner in Concord, CA. It was later sold to a 2nd owner in Idaho. Eventually circa 2015, it was sold to a 3rd owner and it was converted into an RV. It was listed on Craigslist in Nampa, ID in December 2018.[11]
  • 5180 is preserved in the Big Blue Bus yard.
5181-5190 1988 MCI Classic
(TC40-102A)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
5191-5200 1989 MCI Classic
(TC40-102A)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
5201-5210 1990 MCI Classic
(TC40-102A)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
5301-5308 1959 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
5309-5310 1960 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
5311-5320 1962 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
5321-5326 1963 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
5327-5336 1963 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
5337-5346 1964 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
5347-5356 1966 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9
5357-5366 1967 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9
5367-5374 1968 GMC T6H-5305 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
5375-5377 1971 GMC T6H-5305 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
5501-5504 Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus 5502-a.jpg 2000 MCI D4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R 2001 models

References