October 2020

LBT Deputy CEO Selected to Lead Denver RTD
Long Beach Transit’s Deputy CEO, Debra Johnson, has been selected by the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) as the agency’s next General Manager and CEO. Debra will be making history by becoming the first woman to lead Denver’s regional transportation agency.

Debra has helped lead LBT since 2014, and has over 26 years of experience in the public transportation industry. During her time at LBT, she has prioritized initiatives that enhance customer service, grow LBT’s zero-emissions fleet and strengthen ties to local, state and national organizations.

Debra, thank you for dedicating yourself to connecting communities and moving people…making everyday life better for the customers of Long Beach Transit. LBT will miss you!
Service Change

To better meet our customers’ needs, LBT expanded bus service on October 4, 2020. The changes include longer service hours and increased frequency on the most heavily used routes. Many routes will now operate 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Customer Call Center will now be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please visit ridelbt.com or call 562.591.2301 for more information about the updated routes, times and information on how to ride safely with LBT.

First Street Transit Gallery
Have you visited the First Street Transit Gallery in the heart of downtown Long Beach? Not only can you connect with LBT’s major bus routes and other transit systems in the surrounding areas, but it is also home to special public art displays, such as mosaics and poems written by Long Beach locals. 
Later this month, LBT will feature art made by and for the community in the displays at the shelters that make up the First Street Transit Gallery. In conjunction with the National Arts and Humanities Month, the First Street Gallery installation is in partnership with the Arts Council for Long Beach. The installation will feature colorful mosaics made by Long Beach Unified School District students in Long Beach through the Eye on Design program. 

Next time you’re in need of some fresh air, visit the gallery to take in this special public art! Click here to learn more.
California Clean Air Day

Did you take the Clean Air Pledge for California Clean Air Day, today, Oct. 7? The pledge is a commitment organizations and people take to contribute to cleaner air. LBT is doing its part by investing in an alternatively-fueled fleet.

Transportation is the single biggest source of air pollution in California. On #CleanAirDayCA and every day, ride with LBT or any other public transportation to clear the air! Last year, over 100,000 people took did their part of the pledge by using transit over personal vehicles.

Learn how you can help reduce air pollution by visiting cleanairday.org.
Free Service on
Election Day

On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, LBT will offer free transportation on Election Day. LBT encourages you to cast your vote, and you can take the bus to deliver your ballot or get to your polling place.

To register to vote, check your current registration status, and find a polling place near you, click here.
LBT Employee
Ashley Ables has only been a Bus Operator at Long Beach Transit for two years, but she is already making a difference out on the road. Prior to joining LBT, Ashley worked in the restaurant industry but felt that she wanted a career change.  
LBT Customer
Shelbyrae Black was making the long commute from her home in DTLB to her office in Westwood. When she discovered that LBT launched the UCLA/Westwood Commuter Express shuttle service in 2019, she came right on board.