Yep... You're still invited to celebrate with us!
This year, Big Blue Bus is proudly celebrating 90 years of service, and we couldn't have done it without you!
To celebrate this major milestone, we're hosting a one day Pop-Up event for our customers!
We’ll be giving away FREE commemorative BBB swag (tote bags, pins, and stickers) and Day Passes, while supplies last. Plus, one lucky raffle winner will receive unlimited rides on Big Blue Bus for one year – that’s a $500 value!
It's our way of saying thanks for riding!
The City of Santa Monica will install curbside charging stations in an effort to make EV charging more convenient for residents who park on the street and/or do not have access to home charging facilities. Please share your feedback by completing this community survey by December 14th. You will have the option to vote for proposed locations and suggest your own. View video to learn more >
Join in the Fun This Fall at Santa Monica Recreation Classes!
Online Registration Open Now
Keep active this fall! The City offers recreation classes for all ages. Sports, cooking, language, dance, and so much more - there is something for everyone!
Check out the fall class schedule at santamonica.gov/recscape.
NOMA Historic Landmark Declared
North of Montana Association (NOMA) in partnership with the Santa Monica Conservancy, filed an application for landmark designation of 435 Georgina, a 1913 Craftsman home that was vacant and for sale. This house had long been noted in the city’s Historic Resources Inventory as a potential candidate for landmark status. The Landmarks Commission approved the nomination at its April meeting.
The residence was built in 1913 for A. W. Morgan, a bookkeeper, as one of the pioneering homes of the Palisades Tract and one of the earliest homes on that street. Designed in the Craftsman style, it reflects English arts and crafts rather than the typical California Craftsman. A few additions have been made to the original home, which blend well with the original design and materials, and don’t detract from the architectural integrity. The large parcel size allows for new construction at the rear. A Mills
contract could provide a significant reduction of the property taxes for a new owner who would commit to preserving and maintaining it.
Nonprofit organizations such as NOMA, may file landmark applications without paying the application fee. While the landmark nomination is under consideration by the Landmarks Commission, no alterations or demolition may be undertaken. The Conservancy encourages other neighborhood organizations and individuals to keep an eye open for potential landmarks that may be in danger of being substantially altered or demolished.
Article originally published in the Santa Monica Conservancy NEWS June 2018 Vol. 16, No. 2
Dial-A-Ride Program Is Now MODE On-Demand Service for Older Adults Living in Santa Monica
Big Blue Bus has partnered with Lyft to provide on-demand services to replace the Dial-A-Ride program for older adults and people with disabilities living in Santa Monica. The new service is called MODE (Mobility On-Demand Every Day), and will improve curb-to-curb and door-through-door transportation. Lyft’s flexible transportation service network will allow MODE to meet the high demand for service during peak times when members are most interested in traveling while increasing efficiency when the demand for transportation decreases. To learn more about the MODE program, visit bigbluebus.com/mode.
“Blue at Night” Your Late Night Connection to Expo
Big Blue Bus offers “Blue at Night,” a late night, on-demand service that provides connections to/from Expo, every Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 3am. To request a ride from Blue at Night during service hours, simply dial 877-611-8294.
Riders departing from 17th Street/SMC Station should wait by the clearly marked Blue at Night Kiosk (near the Breeze Bikeshare Station), located on eastbound Colorado Avenue and 17th Street. All others must depart from within the Santa Monica service area.
Please keep in mind that Blue at Night cabs will only wait 5 minutes from the time of arrival. Upon arriving at your final destination, please pay the operator $3 with cash or credit card.
For more information, please visit: www.bigbluebus.com/blueatnight.
NextBus - Check Realtime Bus Arrival
Big Blue Bus has instituted the NextBus system for real-time bus arrival information to our customers.
What is NextBus?
The highly advanced NextBus system makes predictions about when buses will arrive at a given stop. Predictions are made using a combination of GPS tracking and computer modeling. This information is used to provide customers with the estimated number of minutes until their bus arrives.
How can I get arrival predictions using NextBus?
With NextBus, arrival information can be accessed on your computer, via text message, by phone, or on your smartphone. Learn more about using the system on our NextBus page, www.bigbluebus.com/nextbus/
With real-time arrival information, you are in control. Here on the Westside, we know traffic congestion is a fact of life, and our buses are not immune to delays. However, instead of waiting and wondering at a bus stop, NextBus allows you to know when your bus will actually arrive. That might mean knowing you have a few extra minutes to grab a cup of coffee before the bus comes, or knowing exactly when to leave home in order to meet the bus.
Having your car fingerprinted
Police Officer Marilyn Amiache from SMPD
In Santa Monica, if your car was broken into and/or stolen and recovered you have a choice to bring your car in and have it finger printed. In fact, we encourage you to do so. One fingerprint located inside your vehicle could lead us to a suspect and be enough to have him or her arrested and prosecuted.
Click here for a map of local police activity in Santa Monica. Use the Santa Monica Police Department's crime mapping system to obtain crime information and register for crime alerts.