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Long Beach Transit
Founded 1963
Headquarters 1963 E. Anaheim St.
Locale Long Beach, CA
Service type bus service
Routes 34 regular and
Passport A, B, C & D
Fleet 220
Fuel type Diesel, Gasoline-electric hybrid
Operator Long Beach Public Transportation Company
Web site lbtransit.com

Long Beach Transit is a municipal transit company providing fixed and flexible bus transit services in Long Beach, California, United States, other communities in South and Southeast Los Angeles County and Northwestern Orange County. Long Beach Transit also operates the Passport shuttle, Aquabus, and Aqualink. The service, while operated on behalf of the City of Long Beach, is not operated directly by the city (such as is done with the bus service operated by the City of Santa Monica), but by a separate corporation ("Long Beach Public Transportation Company") operated for that purpose.

Long Beach Transit receives its operating revenue from farebox receipts and state tax revenue distributed by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.


Zero-fare bus routes

Long Beach has several zero-fare Passport bus routes, which use mini-buses to shuttle passengers within the downtown area. The Passport "C" route between the downtown, The Aquarium, The Pine Ave. Circle, Shorline Village, and the Queen Mary, and Passport "A" and "D" buses go East-West along Ocean Boulevard, linking the Catalina Landing in the west with Alamitos Bay or Los Altos via Belmont Shore in the east. A $1.10 fare is required when traveling east of Alamitos Avenue. Another zero-fare route, Passport "B" in the East Village, visits museums and other points of interest. In February 2010, all zero-fare busses will begin charging $.25 for rides west of Alamitos.

Water taxis

Long Beach Transit also operates the 49-passenger AquaBus water taxi, which stops at the RMS Queen Mary, West Coast Hotel of Long Beach, Catalina Landing, Aquarium of the Pacific, the Pine Av. Circle, and Shorline Village (The Shorline Village Dock is Under Repairs); and the 75-passenger AquaLink water taxi, which travels between the Queen Mary, the Aquarium, and Alamitos Bay Landing next to the Long Beach Marina.


Long Beach Transit began operation in 1963 at the time the Pacific Electric Railway was discontinuing service. The primary area of service for Long Beach Transit has been the City of Long Beach and to a limited extent, the enclave city of Signal Hill, but it has also provided service to surrounding communities in Los Angeles County including Lakewood, Cerritos, Norwalk, and Seal Beach in neighboring Orange County.

The company has operated various types of bus services. During the 1970s and 1980s, it also ran small shuttle buses in the downtown area, called the DASH, for "Downtown Area Short Hops," and because the routes were shorter, the fare was lower than on the regular buses.

Originally, bus transfers could be obtained upon payment of 10c. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, Instead of using a common transfer with the route number punched on the transfer, each route had its own transfer with the route number printed on them. For transfers to other bus lines, Long Beach transit used the consolidated Los Angeles County interagency transfer, which every bus company in Los Angeles County except RTD used (its regular transfers worked for both RTD buses and as an Interagency transfer.) The interagency transfer even had a check box naming each of the twelve bus companies in the county, and the particular driver would punch the box for the particular agency that issued the transfer.

During the mid 1970s (sometime between 1972 and 1976), for a period of six months, a special subsidy was available. All bus trips in Los Angeles County were reduced from approximately 80c to $1.25, to 25c on weekdays and Saturdays, and 10c on Sunday (bus trips outside the county were subject to the regular rate). As a result, the issuance of transfers was discontinued for all trips within Los Angeles County. When the subsidy ended, the old price returned and bus companies resumed issuing transfers.

In the early 1980s, the company changed its transfer system. Instead of using books of transfers, every bus has a ticket printer, which issues the three types of transfers: regular transfers, which allow the user to transfer to a different route; "emergency" transfers (typically used if the customer becomes sick and has to get off the bus) which allow the user to get back on the same route; and "interagency" transfers, which allow the user to transfer to a different bus company (and gave the user an additional 1 hour of time before it expired) such as Orange County Transit, MTA, Norwalk Transit and Cerritos Transit buses. In case of machine failure, however, operators would still carry one book of each kind of transfers.



Originally, Long Beach Transit operated its bus lines as a consecutive set of route numbers, from 1 to 16. The numbers had no significance, except that Route 1 ran along State Route 1, the Pacific Coast Highway. (This is the same number which is currently used by the Orange County Transit Authority for its route that runs on Route 1.) Some routes had more than one routing, for example, the number 9 route ran from Downtown along 7th Street to California State University, Long Beach. All of the route 9 buses would continue along Bellflower Blvd., whereupon one would terminate at Bellflower and Stearns St.; one would turn at Willow Street, and continue along Woodruff Ave.; another would continue on Bellflower all the way to Alondra Blvd; and another would also continue to Alondra Blvd, but would take a slight detour to service the Lakewood Center shopping mall.

Possibly due to the successful renumbering which RTD had done in 1983, Long Beach Transit also decided to renumber its routes. In the late 1980s, the company changed all of its route numbers, by keeping the original 1- or 2-digit number, then adding a single digit after the number, according to which of the routes it was. The route 9, as indicated above, was renumbered into the 91, the 92, the 93 and the 94. The Route 15, which only had one route, became the 151. Additional routes have since been added, generally staying with the same system, e.g. if a route extends part of an existing route, it takes the first one (or two) digits of the major route number, then adds a new additional digit on the end. This is why there is now a route 96 which did not exist at the time of the original route 9.

Regular Route List

  • 1 Easy Avenue
  • 7 Orange Avenue
  • 21 Cherry Avenue
  • 22 Downey Avenue
  • 23 Cherry Avenue via Carson Street
  • 45 Anaheim Street Crosstown
  • 46 Anaheim Street Downtown
  • 51 Long Beach Boulevard to Artesia Station
  • 52 Long Beach Boulveard to Artesia Avenue
  • 61 Atlantic Avenue to Artesia Station
  • 62 Atlantic Avenue to Alondra Boulevard
  • 63 Atlantic Avenue
  • 66 Atlantic Zap
  • 81 10th Street to CSULB
  • 91 7th Street via Bellflower Boulevard
  • 92 7th Street via Woodruff Avenue
  • 93 7th Street via Clark Avenue
  • 94 7th Street to Los Altos
  • 96 7th Zap
  • 101 Carson Street/Centralia
  • 102 Willow/Spring
  • 111 Broadway via Lakewood Boulevard
  • 112 Broadway via Clark Avenue
  • 131 Redondo Avenue to Seal Beach
  • 171 PCH to Seal Beach
  • 172 PCH/Palo Verde to Norwalk Station
  • 173 PCH/Studebaker to Norwalk Station
  • 174 PCH to Ximeno
  • 181 Magnolia/4th Street
  • 182 Pacific/4th Street
  • 191 Santa Fe via Del Amo Boulevard
  • 192 Santa Fe via South Street
  • 193 Santa Fe via McHelen to De Amo Station

Fleet Information

Long Beach Transit was the first transit agency to operate the iconic General Motors RTS bus in the late 1970s. LBT would continue to order the RTS in different forms until the early 1990s. Although all of LBT's RTS buses have been retired, LBT's first RTS was retained as a historical bus.

As of 2009, LBT's fleet is composed mainly of the New Flyer Industries D40LF and GE40LF (gasoline-electric hybrid) models, with a small number of New Flyer D60LF articulated buses and one Prevost coach used for charters. Long Beach Transit is the first transit agency in the world to introduce production-model hybrid gasoline-electric buses into passenger service, with features similar to those on a Toyota Prius. The E-Power Bus (GE40LF), built by New Flyer will be used on all of Long Beach Transit's routes as they are brought into service.[1]

Buses have 4-digit numbers, of which the first two digits of the number represent either the year the bus was placed into service or the number of passengers the bus has capacity for. Buses numbered in the 9000 series were placed into service during the 1990s, buses in the 2000-2900 series were/will be placed into service during the 2000s, and buses in the 4300-4900 series seat 43 to 49 passengers, respectively.

Long Beach Transit operates thirteen 60-foot New Flyer buses, and had options for ten more, but due to new regulations that restricted the purchase of new diesel buses (and the absence of any non-diesel articulated from New Flyer) the buses ended up with Golden Gate Transit in Northern California as assignable options and delivered in 2007.

Bus Roster

Year Manufacturer Model Fleet Numbers Notes
1995 New Flyer D40LF 9401-9420
1996 New Flyer D40LF 9601-9625
1997 New Flyer D40LF 9701-9720
1998 New Flyer D40LF 9801-9816
2000 New Flyer D40LF 2001-2018
2000 Prevost H3-45 2000 used for charters
2001 Chance Opus 30' 2101-2130 used on the Passport routes
2002 New Flyer D40LF 2201-2239
2002 New Flyer D60LF 2301-2313
2004 New Flyer GE40LF 2401-2427
2005 New Flyer GE40LF 2501-2520
2007 New Flyer GE40LF 2701-?
2009 New Flyer GE40LFA 2901-29??


  1. ^ http://www.lbtransit.com/about/pdf/epower-fact-sheet.pdf Long Beach Transit E-Power Fact Sheet (Retrieved on 15 Jan 2007)

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