Long Beach Transit to Offer Travelers Free Connection Between Airport, Blue Line During Holidays

Holiday travelers coming in and out of Long Beach certainly have a reason to rejoice: between November 18 and January 7, Long Beach Transit (LBT) will offer free connections between Long Beach Airport (LGB) and Metro’s Blue Line.

Dubbed Blue Line 2 Airline, an express shuttle operated by LBT will await travelers at the Wardlow Station, taking riders away every 30 minutes from 5:45AM to 8:15PM daily.

The move marks an increased attention toward expanding transit not just for those that depend on it, but holiday travelers which might have otherwise driven their vehicle, paid for parking for extended periods, and increased congestion in an otherwise already-slammed traffic season.

“We are committed to moving Long Beach forward and since joining the [Metro Board], we have been exploring new strategies for connecting our transportation infrastructures,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “This direct LBT bus connection between the Blue Line and the airport is another step forward in providing transportation alternatives.”

“A direct LBT bus connection between the Blue Line and the airport will speed travel times, reduce congestion and enhance our customer experience,” said LBT Chief Executive Officer Kenneth McDonald. “Launching the Blue Line 2 Airline service during the busy holiday travel season will help reduce the number of car trips taken in and around the airport.”

The Wardlow Station is located at 3420 N. Pacific Pl. and can be reached by taking the Blue Line light-rail system from DTLB north or DTLA south.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.