Come February of next year, Long Beach Transit (LBT) will implement a new route for its popular’n’free DTLB busline known as the Passport.
Here’s the thing: not only will it finally extend into the East Village, providing access to places like The Blind Donkey, Berlin, and Fingerprints, but the new proposed route—should it be approved—avoids Pine Avneue all together.
At first glance, this doesn’t seem like a good idea. After all, showing transit along one of DTLB’s historic corridors encourages transit, increasing the image of people using it, so on and so forth. But by removing the buses off of Pine, we have the feasibility of something far more environmentally beneficial: increased sidewalk space.
Follow us for a bit. According to a press release from LBT, the restructuring aims to “increase ridership, better connect popular destinations and contribute to the success of the local economy” They plan on achieving this by extending the current route east on Ocean, north on Long Beach Blvd., east on 1st through the East Village, north on Linden, east on 4th, south on Long Beach Blvd., west on 3rd, and south on Pacific to reconnect to the old route. (For an image of the route, click here.)
Should the new route be formally approved, that means the bus stops along Pine (and their pull-in spaces that occupy current road space) could be removed and have the sidewalk extended. This then could equate to more sidewalk dining and expanded pedestrian real estate.
Passport to the future.
The community is invited to attend a community meeting hosted by Long Beach Transit regarding the restructuring of the route on Saturday, December 5, from 10AM to Noon at the International Elementary School Auditorium located at 700 Locust Avenue. To get there via bus, take routes: Passport, 1, 46, 51, 91, 94, 172, 173. Spanish translation will be available at the meeting. Questions regarding the meeting can be addressed by calling Long Beach Transit customer service at (562) 591-2301.