July 15, 2014
Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, and L.A.
Councilmember Mike Bonin gather in front of a FlyAway bus by the Santa
Monica Civic Center Monday.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. Councilmember Mike Bonin
joined Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor Monday morning to welcome the LAX
FlyAway bus to the bayside city.
The three officials gathered outside the Santa Monica’s Civic Center
where, starting on July 15, travelers will be able to leave their cars
at home and catch a FlyAway bus, currently the region’s public mass
transit service that connects directly to LAX.
“The FlyAway service provides a direct connection to LAX and helps
residents who are traveling as well as when family & friends visit
them,” O’Connor said. “The FlyAway also helps tourists who come to Santa
Monica–and 80% of them rely on walking, biking & transit once they
Bonin added that the FlyAway helps reduce people’s dependence on their cars to get to and from LAX.
“More ways to get to the airport means fewer cars on the Westside!” said Bonin in a public statement on his Facebook page Monday.
In an official statement on his website, Garcetti said, “Traffic
isn’t an issue that stops at our city limits and LAX is a trade, tourism
and economic engine that affects all of us in Southern California. It’s
essential that we start working together regionally, and that’s what
this new transit option is all about.”
According to the FlyAway website,
once the bus starts service tomorrow, it will leave every hour for Pico
and Main Street from 5:45 a.m. until 9:45 p.m. It will run from LAX
every hour from 6:45 a.m. 11:45 p.m. It will also cost $8 for a one-way
While Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus route 3 curren
tly serves LAX via
Lincoln Boulevard, it requires that about 1.5 miles from the airport
passengers transfer to a shuttle to connect to the terminals.
According to estimates by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the City
department that owns and operates LAX, about 125,000 passengers will
ride the Santa Monica FlyAway in the first year.
The Santa Monica Civic Center stop is the latest addition to the
growing number of locations travelers can board the buses that shuttle
them directly to their gates for $7 to $10.
Travelers can also catch the FlyAway at Union Station, Westwood, Van Nuys, and the Expo line La Brea station.
There are also plans to begin service to Hollywood in September as
part of a larger expansion of FlyAway service approved by the L.A. Board
of Airport Commissioners in June.
LAWA must have nine FlyAway bus routes by 2015, according to a settlement LAWA signed in February 2006.
From the Daily Breeze:
“The settlement allowed LAX to move forward with a project to separate
the distance between two parallel runways on the south side of the
airfield, which was completed in 2008.”