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Daily Passes Offer Unlimited Rides

By Lookout Staff

July 24 -- Riders can hop on the Big Blue Bus as often as they’d like by purchasing a day pass that can be used for multiple trips in a single day, transit officials announced Monday.

The cost for a Day Pass is $2.50 for regular service, $1.25 for students, $3.50 for express service and $1.25 for senior, disabled and Medicare passengers. The passes can be used anywhere the blue bus travels.

“Day Passes are perfect for riders who want to go to several different locations in our service area throughout the day,” said Stephanie Negriff, Big Blue Bus director of transit services.

“You can literally use the Day Pass to get to work, go out for lunch or run errands mid-day, see a movie or do some shopping after work, and then get back home again, all for one low fare and without having to buy multiple tickets or transfers for each ride.”

The Day Pass was frequently requested by customers, according to Dan Dawson, customer relations manager for the Big Blue Bus.

“People often asked for this type of flexible fare at community meetings,” said Dawson.

A Day Pass provides greater convenience and should encourage new riders to try the Big Blue Bus, which helps protect the environment and beats the rising costs of gas and parking, Dawson said.

The Day Passes will likely be popular with the thousands of visitors who come to Santa Monica each day, Negriff said.

She predicted many will find the Day Pass ideal for taking in as many sights as possible “without the stress and hassle of renting or driving a car during the height of tourist season, when roads are congested and parking spots difficult to find.”

Day Passes can be purchased on-board any Big Blue Bus, at the agency’s Customer Service Center and at a wide variety of area libraries, schools and convenience outlets. Passes are sold both individually and in packs of five.

The Big Blue Bus operates more than 200 energy efficient vehicles across a nearly 52 square mile area. Each day, its fleet carries over 80,000 passengers to hundreds of destinations around the Los Angeles area. It has a 97 percent on-time performance record and has won numerous awards for its customer service, safety and efficiency.

Big Blue Bus Customer Service is located at 1660 7th Street in Santa Monica and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information about the Big Blue Bus, including a list of locations where Day Passes can be purchased, call 310-451-5444 (TDD 310-395-6024) or visit www.bigbluebus.com.


“Day Passes are perfect for riders who want to go to several different locations in our service area throughout the day.” Stephanie Negriff






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