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Published on : Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Low-cost FlyAway ® bus service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the Long Beach Transit Gallery will begin Wednesday, December 30, 2015. An introductory fare of $7 per passenger for the 22-mile, one-way ride will be charged for at least six months. Two children age five and under may ride free with each paying adult.
The FlyAway® bus stop in Long Beach is located at the northwest corner of 1st Street and Long Beach Boulevard in the Transit Gallery’s Shelter A. Private vehicles are not allowed on 1st Street within the Long Beach Transit Gallery. Motorists may drop off or pick up passengers using curbside meters or nearby parking facilities.
FlyAway ® buses will operate daily, including holidays. Buses from Long Beach will depart hourly on the half-hour from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., dropping off passengers on the Upper/Departures Level in front of each terminal. Buses from LAX will depart hourly on the half-hour from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., picking up passengers on the Lower/Arrivals Level under the green sign “FlyAway ® , Buses and Long Distance Vans.”
The FlyAway® bus service accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa debit or credit cards for ticket purchases. Cash is not accepted on any route.
Airport officials recommended downtown Long Beach for FlyAway® bus service after a passenger survey showed this zip-code area generated the fifth highest percentage of originating passengers using LAX.
The Long Beach Transit Gallery was selected because it provides connectivity with other bus-service providers such as Metro, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Torrance Transit, and Long Beach Transit, as well as the Metro Blue Line Light Rail service. The Transit Gallery is located a short walking distance to public parking, the Long Beach Convention Center, and hotels.
Airport staff projects ridership on the new FlyAway ® service to reach up to 50,000 passengers during the first full year of operation, which is comparable to the first year of ridership achieved by the FlyAway® bus service in Hollywood.
In addition to the new FlyAway ® bus service at the Long Beach Transit Gallery, FlyAway® service is also offered on a daily, regularly scheduled, round-trip basis between LAX and the following locations:
area of the San Fernando Valley)
The FlyAway ® service at Long Beach follows approvals by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners and the Long Beach Public Transportation Company (Long Beach Transit) in October. The agreement is for one year with two one-year renewal options.