Consultants to study Beach Cities transit

BCT route 104 was cancelled on Tuesday because of low ridership and financial constraints.
A map of former Beach Cities Transit route 104, which was canceled after a previous study. Courtesy of BCT

by Garth Meyer

A new, comprehensive study of Beach Cities Transit (BCT) will look at ways to improve the service.

Work is underway by Stantec, a Los Angeles architecture, engineering and design firm, hired by the city of Redondo Beach, to create a model for short-term, and long-term South Bay needs. 

The consultants were hired in January. 

Beach Cities Transit operates WAVE Dial-a-Ride service and bus lines 102 and 109, which run from Redondo Beach through Hermosa and Manhattan Beach to LAX. 

“We’re excited to partner with Redondo Beach and help the agency continue to provide a reliable regional transportation system for South Bay residents,” said David Verbich, Stantec transit advisory lead, U.S. Pacific region. “We look forward to making recommendations that meet both current and future needs.”

Stantic is to analyze BCT routes to see which are performing the best and why.

Studies such as this are conducted about every five years. The 2022 project will address population growth, concentrations of employment, and retail activity in the South Bay, and California’s clean energy mandates. 

Future BCT projects may be impacted by the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the LAX People Mover and potential Green Line extension.

The study will include community outreach, to gain insight on BCT rider attitudes and preferences. 

In addition, consultants will work with the city to develop a fleet of zero-emission buses, as part of California’s objective for 100 percent zero-emission public transit fleets by 2040. 

Stantec’s report is expected by the end of the year. ER


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