Free shuttle between Blue Line station and Long Beach Airport over holidaysRelease Date: 2017-11-16
Long Beach will offer free shuttle service between the Long Beach Airport and the Wardlow Blue Line Station over the holiday season, officials announced on Wednesday.
The pilot program begins on Saturday and will last through Jan. 7, with daily rides running every 30 minutes between the hours of 5:45 a.m. and 8:15 p.m. The Blue Line 2 Airline shuttle is being funded through subsidy from the city of Long Beach to Long Beach Transit for operational needs.
In a statement released Wednesday, Mayor Robert Garcia said the city has been exploring transportation options since he joined the Board of Directors for Los Angeles County Metro, which manages the county’s public transportation network, including bus routes and light rail lines.
“We are committed to moving Long Beach forward,” he said in the statement.
Long Beach Transit CEO Kenneth McDonald said the new service should help reduce the number of car trips taken in and around the airport, which would, in turn, speed travel times and reduce congestion during the busy holiday travel season.
Long Beach Airport is a city-owned facility that handles nearly 3.5 million commercial airline passengers per year.
The Metro Blue Line Wardlow Station is located at 3420 N. Pacific Place in Long Beach. It can be reached by taking the Blue Line light-rail line from Downtown Long Beach or Downtown Los Angeles.