Public Transportation

Big Blue Bus

The City of Santa Monica has one of the most extensive transit networks among Cities of its size. 17% of residents ride the Big Blue Bus at least a few times a week and 12% ride some other transit service as often.

The City and Metro are making a significant investment in the Expo Light Rail Line, and also on facilities and services designed to increase access to future station areas for people walking, biking or busing. Mixed-use neighborhoods support transit oriented development and pave the way for the upcoming light rail train service in Santa Monica.

Big Blue Bus

The City’s local bus service, Big Blue Bus, has been in operation since 1928. Serving upwards of 20 million passengers per year and operating a variety of route types and services, the Big Blue Bus is an integral part of daily life in Santa Monica. More information on BBB including fares, routes, and schedules is available at


Metro is the regional transportation planning and public transportation operating agency in Los Angeles County, operating one of the largest public transportation networks in the country. Several Metro services serve the Westside and connect Santa Monica to Greater Los Angeles.

Expo Line

The train is coming! The Expo Line will allow for travel from Downtown Los Angeles to the planned Colorado Esplanade terminus at Colorado and 4th in less than 45 minutes. Construction for the Expo Line Light Rail to the Sea is under way, for updates on construction see Expo Be Exited! Be Prepared! The projected operational date for the Expo line is late 2015. Additional information regarding the Expo project is available via Metro at

Dial-a-ride Senior Service

The City of Santa Monica along with WISE & Healthy Aging provides a low cost shared-ride service offering curb-to-curb transportation to destinations in Santa Monica. This program is for adults over the age of 60 and for disabled individuals over the age of 18. More information is available through the Senior Programs Website.

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