service is poised to go through some major changes following the approval of adjustments at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
Under the approved plan, the No. 2 line, which runs on Wilshire Blvd., will see a reduction in service hours totaling more than 13,000 annually, while the No. 1 line on Santa Monica Blvd. will increase its service during peak times by roughly 5,000 hours each year.
Similar changes will be made to the Local 7 and Rapid 7 routes. Service for the former will be reduced by more than 9,000 hours annually, and service for the latter will increase substantially with the addition of more than 22,000 hours, shifting commuter traffic to the faster bus line, which makes use of traffic-signal priority along Pico Blvd.
The approved changes will also truncate service on Hill St. in response to residents’ complaints about excessive noise from bus traffic, especially on the uphill trip on that street.
"We think the plan approved last night for the BBB #2 route was fair, reasonable
and supportive of the bus riders needs," Santa Monica activists Jerry and Marissa Rubin told Santa Monica Patch. "Hopefully the new route will also work somewhat better for the residents along Hill Street that were complaining about bus noise."