A weekday commuter service between Long Beach and Westwood, including the UCLA campus, will begin on April 1, it was announced Monday.
Long Beach Transit, UCLA and the Westwood Business Improvement District are teaming to offer the service under a one-year pilot project, according to LBT officials.
Commuters will be picked up from two locations in Long Beach on weekday mornings, with stops planned in three locations in Westwood, including the UCLA campus. There will be three afternoon departures from the UCLA/Westwood area back to Long Beach.
Round-trip fare for the new service is $7 or $4 one-way. Customers can also purchase a 30-day pass for $120. Discounted fares will be available for seniors and customers with disabilities.
UCLA and LBT began discussing a possible partnership following a series of public meetings in 2017 and 2018, when the transit agency asked for community input on its routes, schedules and services, according to President and CEO Kenneth McDonald.
"The community asked us for service to Westwood and UCLA so they could get out of their cars," McDonald said. "Struggling with traffic on the 405 is not fun and we're piloting this service to measure demand."
Long Beach Transit serves Long Beach, Lakewood and Signal Hill, as well as portions of Artesia, Bellflower, Carson, Cerritos, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, Los Alamitos, Norwalk, Paramount and Seal Beach.
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