In addition to Long Beach Transit’s transition to the TAP Fare Payment System, starting Sunday, February 8, 2015, pennies will no longer be accepted in LBT bus fare boxes. The company believes this will improve their quality of service, including boarding and exiting efficiency. Nickels, dimes, quarters, dollar coins, tokens and bills will still be accepted.
LBT will also be adjusting and adding to several existing bus routes to meet higher customer demand and to improve their services used by 28.6 million riders not only in Long Beach, but also Lakewood and Signal Hill—as well as portions of Artesia, Bellflower, Carson, Cerritos, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, Los Alamitos, Norwalk, and Paramount and Seal Beach. Customers should be aware that some time points have changed, as well.
Amtrak buses will begin providing service to customers at the First Street Transit Gallery at Shelter “A” on 1st St. between Pine Ave. and Long Beach Blvd. in downtown Long Beach. Amtrak will cease serving the bus stop located on 6th St. and Long Beach Blvd.
On Route 1, one earlier inbound trip will be added during weekdays, while minor schedule adjustments will also be bade.
Route 45’s west end loop has been rerouted due to construction work permanently requiring the removal of the bus stop on the northeast corner of Anaheim St. at Santa Fe Ave. The bus will now travel north on Santa Fe from Anaheim, west on 16th St., south on Cota Ave., east on Cowles St. and south on Santa Fe to continue its inbound route. The new stop (#0104) will be located on Santa Fe, north of Anaheim. The stop will also serve routes 191 and 192.
On Route 96 ZAP, service will end approximately one hour later to help meet customer demand.
To better serve students attending LBCC, Route 101’s last eastbound weekday trip will depart 10 minutes later. One additional eastbound trip will be added to improve service during peak morning travel time.
Route 171 will have increased service to be added to the route during weekdays. The route will be extended to PCH at Studebaker on Saturday to help meet customer demand.
An earlier weekday outbound 191 trip will be added to Route 191m leaving the Transit Gallery at 5:15AM.
Routes 21, 22, 51, 52, 61, 71, 72, 81, 91, 92, 93, 94, 96 ZAP, 111, 112, 121, 131,151, 171, 172, 173, 174, 176 ZAP, 181, 182, 191 and 192 will receive schedule adjustments.
The Passport will continue to be on detour due to the Pine Avenue Improvement Project by the City of Long Beach. The current detour has the Passport traveling along Pacific Ave. and Long Beach Blvd. instead of Pine Ave. north of Ocean. The bus stops on Pine between 1st St. and Ocean will be closed during the detour. For northbound trips, customers should use the stop on Pacific at Ocean. For southbound trips, customers should use the temporary stop on the south side of Ocean at Pacific. This detour can change at any time.
For the most up-to-date detour information and dates, visit LBT’s website here or call (562) 591-2301. For more information about Amtrak bus schedules, call (800) 872-7245 or visit their website here.