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Long Beach Transit
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Long Beach Transit New Flyer GE40LFA
ParentLong Beach Public Transportation Company
Headquarters1963 East Anaheim Street
LocaleLong Beach, Paramount, Signal Hill, Carson and Lakewood, CA
Service typeBus service, Watertaxi
Routes39 fixed routes
Daily ridership52,300 (weekdays, Q1 2022)[1]
Annual ridership15,872,500 (2021)[2]
Fuel typeDiesel, Gasoline-electric hybrid, CNG
OperatorLong Beach Public Transportation Company

Long Beach Transit (LBT) is a municipal transit company providing fixed and flexible bus transit services in Long Beach, California, United States, in 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 nonprofit corporation, the Long Beach Public Transportation Company, operated for that purpose. In 2021, the system had a ridership of 15,872,500, or about 52,300 per weekday as of the first quarter of 2022.

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


Long Beach Transit began operation in 1963 with the acquisition of Long Beach City Lines and Long Beach Motor Bus Company from National City Lines. The primary service area of 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 DASH (for Downtown Area Short Hops), and because the routes were shorter, the fare was lower than on the regular buses.


2007 New Flyer Low Floor (GE40LF)
2007 New Flyer Low Floor (GE40LF)

Originally, bus transfers could be obtained upon payment of $0.05 for local transfers, and $0.10 for "interagency transfers", which allow transfer to another bus line without additional payment (except for express service). 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 (now Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority) and Orange County Transit District (now Orange County Transportation Authority) used (both RTD and OCTD regular transfers worked for both their own buses and as an interagency transfer). The consolidated interagency transfer used by all the other transit agencies even had a check box naming the twelve bus companies in the county, and the driver would punch the box for the particular agency that issued the transfer.[3] 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 $0.80 to $1.25, to $0.25 on weekdays and Saturdays, and $0.10 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.[3]

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 expires), such as Orange County Transit, RTD (now LA Metro), Norwalk Transit and Cerritos Transit (now Cerritos on Wheels) buses. In case of machine failure, however, operators would still carry one book of each kind of transfers.[3]

Effective in 1999, Long Beach Transit instituted a day pass, and on July 1, 2005, it eliminated transfers within the system, although the interagency transfer is available for transfers to other transit systems.[4]

Water taxis

In addition to regular service, Long Beach Transit operates two year-round water taxi services: the 49-passenger AquaBus, and the 75-passenger AquaLink, which connects the major attractions of Downtown Long Beach, including the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach Cruise Terminal, and the RMS Queen Mary hotel. In 2021, the two water routes had a ridership of 21,100, or about 600 per weekday as of the first quarter of 2022.


The 49-passenger AquaBus has six "ports of call": Dock 4 of the Aquarium of the Pacific, Queen Mary, Shoreline Village at Larry H. Parker's Lighthouse, Catalina Landing, Dock 7 of Pine Avenue Circle, and Hotel Maya. The fare is $1.


The AquaLink is a 68-foot catamaran that ferries up to 75 passengers to the most popular attractions in Long Beach Harbor and on to Alamitos Bay Landing. The fare is $5, and wheelchair boarding is available at Dock 4 near the Aquarium of the Pacific and at the Queen Mary.

Regular service

A LBT bus stop
A LBT bus stop


Originally, Long Beach Transit operated its bus lines as a consecutive set of route numbers, from 1 to 18. The numbers had no significance except that route 1 ran along State Route 1, the Pacific Coast Highway. (This is the same number 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 Boulevard, whereupon one would terminate at Bellflower and Stearns Street; one would turn at Willow Street and continue along Woodruff Avenue; another would continue on Bellflower all the way to Alondra Boulevard; and another would also continue to Alondra but take a slight detour to 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 mid-1980s, the company changed some of its route numbers, keeping the original 1- or 2-digit number and adding a single digit after the number. This was done to routes which split and serviced multiple streets and destinations. The route 9, as indicated above, was renumbered into routes 91, 92, 93, and 94, based on the street and destination while routes that only served one street and destination remained the same with their original 1 or 2 digit route number, example Line 1 which still remains. Additional routes have since been added, generally using the same system. For example, 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.[3]

On August 16, 2021, Long Beach Transit announced they would be extending their services to Carson with three new routes. They are set to launch on September 19, 2021.[5] At the moment, Long Beach Transit is focusing on the middle tier, which would connect riders to major destinations in and around the city, including Harbor–UCLA Medical Center, Carson High School, Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School, CSUDH, Metro A Line Wardlow and Del Amo stations, Carson Community Center/City Hall, and SouthBay Pavilion.[6]

Current routes

Effective Summer 2022
Route # Description Terminus Major street(s) Days of operation
1 Del Amo-CSUDH CSUDH Del Amo station Avalon Bl, Del Amo Bl daily
2 Carson-CSUDH-Southwest Carson Sepulveda Bl/Figueroa St Central Av, Avalon Bl Monday-Saturday
4 Carson-Harbor UCLA-Del Amo Station Carson St/Vermont Av Del Amo station Carson Street
8 Carson-Wardlow-Harbor UCLA 223rd St/Vermont Av Wardlow station 223rd Street
21 Cherry Garfield Av/Rosecrans Av Downtown Long Beach station Cherry Av daily
22 Cherry Lakewood Boulevard station
23 Cherry Garfield Av/Petrol St
(Route 37)
Pine Av-Queen Mary
Free Service
10th St/Pine Av Queen Mary Pine Av daily
41 Anaheim St./to PCH CSULB Wardlow station Easy Av, Harbor Av, Anaheim St daily
45 Anaheim St./to PCH Santa Fe Av/Cowles St Pacific Coast Hwy/Anaheim St Anaheim St
46 Anaheim St./to PCH Downtown Long Beach
51 Long Beach Bl Artesia station Long Beach Bl
61 Atlantic/Artesia Station Atlantic Av daily
71 Alamitos-Orange Rosecrans Av/Lakewood Bl Alamitos Av, Orange Av
81 10th St/CSULB Downtown Long Beach CSULB 10th St, 7th St weekdays
91 7th St/Bellflower Bl Woodruff Av/Alondra Bl 7th St daily
92 7th St/Woodruff Av weekdays
93 7th St/Clark Av
94 7th St Los Altos Market Center daily
96 ZAP ZAP 7th St 6th St or 7th St/Long Beach Bl CSULB weekdays during Fall and Spring Semesters
101 Carson St Santa Fe Av/25th St Carson St/Norwalk Bl Willow St daily
102 Willow St/Spring St weekdays
103 Lakewood Mall Lakewood Center daily
104 Spring via El Dorado Park Carson St/Norwalk Bl
111 Broadway/Lakewood Bl, Long Beach Airport Downtown Long Beach South St/Downey Av Broadway daily
112 Broadway/Clark Av
121 Ocean Bl/CSULB PCH/Clark Av Catalina Express Landing Ocean Bl
131 Redondo Wardlow station Seal Beach (Electric Av/Main Av) Redondo Av
141[7] Artesia Bl Artesia station Los Cerritos Center Artesia Bl
151 4th St Cesar E. ChAvz Park Colorado Lagoon 4th St
171 PCH Villages at Cabrillo
(Pacific Coast Hwy/Santa Fe Av)
Seal Beach (Electric Av/Main Av) Pacific Coast Hwy daily
172 PCH/Palo Verde Av Downtown Long Beach Norwalk station
Los Cerritos Center (172, M-F)
173 PCH/Studebaker Rd
174 PCH to Ximeno Ximeno Av/Pacific Coast Hwy
175 PCH to CSULB Only Villages at Cabrillo CSULB weekdays
181 Magnolia Downtown Long Beach Wardlow station Magnolia Av daily
182 Pacific Pacific Av
191 Santa Fe Av/Del Amo Bl Bloomfield Av/Del Amo Bl Santa Fe Av, Magnolia Av
192 Santa Fe Av/South St Los Cerritos Center
405 UCLA/Westwood Commuter Express (formerly Route 510) Long Beach Airport UCLA Gateway Plaza Interstate 405 weekdays

Decommissioned routes

Route Termini Major street(s) Fate Notes
Long Beach Transit Mall Artesia Station Long Beach Boulevard Replaced with Routes 51, 52
Long Beach Transit Mall Rosecrans Avenue Orange Avenue

Alamitos Avenue

Replaced with Routes 71, 72 (Route 72 decommissioned in 2019)
Long Beach Transit Mall Carson Street Cherry Avenue decommissioned; revived in 2020 as a new route
Long Beach Transit Mall Artesia Station Long Beach Boulevard

Victoria Street

decommissioned Deviated from route 51 via Victoria St and Santa Fe Ave in North Long Beach
Long Beach Transit Mall Alondra Boulevard Atlantic Avenue decommissioned Ran alongside 61, & 63 until Artesia Blvd which then solo to Alondra Blvd
Long Beach Transit Mall Artesia Boulevard Atlantic Avenue decommissioned Served northbound during peak hours only
66 ZAP
Long Beach Transit Mall Artesia Station Atlantic Avenue decommissioned

Ran alongside Route 61, Partially 62, & 63

Long Beach Transit Mall Rosecrans Avenue Orange Avenue

Alamitos Avenue Hunsaker Avenue

decommissioned Deviated from route 71 via Artesia Blvd, Atlanta Ave, Hunsaker Ave, and Alondra Blvd in Paramount
176 ZAP
Villages at Cabrillo LBCC Liberal Arts Campus Pacific Coast Highway

Lakewood Boulevard

decommissioned Ran alongside 170s on PCH, and 111 on Lakewood Blvd
Long Beach Transit Mall Del Amo Station Santa Fe Avenue decommissioned Possibly decommissioned in favor of Route 1 due to its current route (see above)
Long Beach Transit Mall Del Amo Station Santa Fe Avenue

Hughes Way

decommissioned Possibly decommissioned in favor of Route 1 due to its current route (see above)
Passport A
Long Beach Transit Mall Seal Beach Ocean Boulevard

2nd Street

Partially absorbed into Route 121, remaining portion absorbed into Route 131. Free Service
Passport B
Cesar Chavez Park(West)

Long Beach Transit Mall(East)

Long Beach Transit Mall(West)

Colorado Logoon(East)

4th Street(All Lines) Replaced with Route 151 Free Service

Only Route in the LBT to be split, rather than one

Passport C
Downtown Long Beach Queen Mary Pine Avenue Absorbed into Current Passport Route Free Service
Passport D
Long Beach Transit Mall Traffic Circle

Atherton and Outer Circle

Ocean Boulevard

2nd Street

Bellflower Boulevard

Replaced with Route 121 Free Service
Pine Avenue Link
Downtown Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific Pine Avenue Absorbed into Passport C, which in turn was absorbed into current Passport route Free Service


As of 2018, Long Beach Transit's fleet is composed of mostly New Flyer buses, which are the GE40LF, GE40LFA, XN40, and XN60 models. It also has a large number of Gillig BRT+ models, a decreasing number of New Flyer D40LF models, and one Prévost coach used for charters. It also uses the battery-powered BYD K9 buses,[8] which are mainly used for the Passport zero-fare service.

Long Beach Transit has had several major firsts. It was the first agency to:

The buses have four-digit numbers, of which the first two digits represent the year the bus was put into service. Buses numbered 90## (the ## representing number in fleet) entered service in the 1990s, 20## - 29## entered service in the 2000s, and 12## - 18## entered service in the 2010s.

Long Beach Transit buses are operated out of 2 yards:

Most buses are stored at the headquarters on Anaheim Street. The articulated buses are stored at the Jackson Transit Center bus depot in Paramount, CA. Both bus depots are located on Cherry Avenue.

Active fleet

Year entered service Manufacturer Model Fuel type Length (ft / metres) Vehicle numbers Notes
2000 Prevost H3-45 diesel 45 (13.7 m) 2000 Used for charters only
2002 New Flyer D40LF diesel 40 (12.2 m) 2201-2239 2229 & 2237 are retired.

14 units are active and 12 are in the reserve fleet

2005 New Flyer GE40LF gasoline, electricity 40 (12.2 m) 2401-2427 First gas-electric buses in the world to enter public service

2401 retired following an accident

2005 2501-2522 2521 and 2522 were originally from OCTA
2007 2701-2715
2008-09 GE40LFA 42 (12.8 m) 2901-2925 The only LFA buses to use gasoline

First buses to feature current red/orange livery

2012 Gillig BRT+ CNG 42 (12.8 m) 1201–1233 1201 is a 2011 demo unit and was Gillig's first CNG-powered bus
2012 1301–1331
2015 1521–1528
2015 New Flyer XN60 CNG 60 (18.3 m)


2016 BYD K9 electricity 39 (11.9 m) 1601–1610 First electric buses in fleet
2017–18 New Flyer XN40 CNG 40 (12.2 m) 1801–1840 Includes options for 89 buses until 2021.[1]
2021 BYD K9 electricity 39 (11.9 m) 16001-16016

Retired fleet

Year Manufacturer Model Fleet numbers Notes
1991 OBI Orion II
101-110 Used on AquaLink & The Passport.
1992 OBI Orion II
  • 1991 models.
  • Used on AquaLink & The Passport.
1996 OBI Orion II CNG
116-120 Used on AquaLink & The Passport.
1992 OBI Orion II
  • Ex-?
  • Used on AquaLink & The Passport.
1998 OBI Orion II
125-128 Used on AquaLink & The Passport.
1990 OBI Orion II
1973 GMC TDH-3302A 144-147
2000 NFI D40LF 2001–2018
  • Retired in summer 2018
2001 Chance Opus 2101-2130 Used on Passport routes (A to D) until August 26, 2012.[9]
2002 NFI D60LF 2301-2313
  • Used on routes 51, 101, 102, 103, and 104
  • Retired in 2015.
1979 GMC RTS-03
3501-3525 3508, 3507, 3524, 3522, 3520 & 3518 to Kitsap Transit 824-829.
1965 GMC SDM-4502 4101
1975 GMC T6H-4523A 4201-4215
1981 GMC RTS-04
1983 GMC RTS-04
4452-4476 1984 models.
1985 GMC RTS-04
1987 GMC RTS-06
4478-4491 1986 models.
1965 GMC SDM-4502 4500
1963 GMC TDH-4519 4516-4530
1965 GMC TDH-4519 4531-4556
  • 4547 to CyRide 870.
  • 4556 was chopped down to 30 feet by TDT (Transportation Design and Technology?) in San Diego, CA. It spotted on eBay in Palm Springs, CA at an unknown time. It was sold to a 2nd private owner in West Oakland, CA and was spotted in August 2018 & on 11/30/2019. (Lic. Plate: HV040P).[10]
1966 GMC TDH-4519 4557-4561
1968 GMC T6H-4521 4562-4576 4565 & 4574 to CyRide 869 & 872.
1969 GMC T6H-4521A 4577-4581
1970 GMC T6H-4521A 4582-4601
1972 GMC T6H-4523A 4602-4606
1977 GMC RTS-01
4701-4715 First production RTS buses to be manufactured.
1979 GMC RTS-03
1963 GMC TDH-5303 5101-5110 5110 to CyRide 884.
1964 GMC TDH-5303 5111-5125
1967 GMC TDH-5303 5126-5130
1989 TMC RTS-06
8901-8917 Retired in 2004–05.
1989 TMC RTS-06
8918-8927 8918-8925 were originally numbered 8951–8958. Retired in 2004–05.
1991 TMC RTS-06
9001-9026 1990 models. Retired in 2004–05.
1992 TMC RTS-08
9201-9220 Retired in 2004–05.
1993 TMC RTS-08
9301-9320 Retired in 2004–05.
1995 NFI D40LF 9401-9420 Retired in 2009.
1996 NFI D40LF 9601-9625 Retired in January 2013.
1997 NFI D40LF 9701-9720
  • Retired in summer 2018
  • 9708 and 9714 were the last active units.
1998 NFI D40LF 9801-9816
  • Retired in summer 2018
  • 9815 and 9816 were the last active units.


  1. ^ "Transit Ridership Report First Quarter 2022" (PDF). American Public Transportation Association. June 16, 2022. Retrieved August 15, 2022.
  2. ^ "Transit Ridership Report Fourth Quarter 2021" (PDF). American Public Transportation Association. March 10, 2022. Retrieved June 7, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d Remembering RTD and the "good old days" of cheap LA area public transit Archived 2014-11-29 at the Wayback Machine,, January 9, 2012
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-04-16. Retrieved 2012-05-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Carson Service | Long Beach Transit".
  6. ^ "City of Carson City Council Meeting, July 20, 2021". City of Carson. July 20, 2021. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  7. ^ "Summer 2022 Service Changes Summary | City of Torrance".
  8. ^ Branson-Potts, Hailey (27 April 2015). "Long Beach Transit agrees to purchase electric buses". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  9. ^ Effective August 26, 2012, Long Beach Transit is making a few key changes to your service., Long Beach Transit. Retrieved on 27 August 2012.
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