Palisades Charter High School

Skip to main content
Mobile Menu
           Our next Board Meeting is on Tuesday, August 6th. Details to follow. All are welcome to attend.         
Transportation » Riding the Big Blue Bus

Riding the Big Blue Bus



Exciting News!  PCHS and Santa Monica Big Blue Bus have partnered to offer Big Blue Bus service connecting Palisades Charter High School (PCHS) with the Expo Line light rail at 4th Street and Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica - Each school day beginning March 18th,2019 students can ride the new Line 9 – Pali High Express with the following schedule:


·        Mornings: Depart 4th Street & Colorado Avenue at 7:13am, and arrive at Pali at ~7:37am

·        Afternoons: Depart Sunset Blvd and El Medio Avenue at 2:17pm, and arrive at the Expo Line at ~2:49pm


Compared to the regular/local Line 9 route/stops the Line 9 – Pali High Express via PCH & Sunset will save ~20 minutes each way for students connecting at the Expo Line’s 4th & Colorado station.

Riding Big Blue Bus to School


Palisades Charter High School can be reached via Big Blue Bus Route 9, which connects to LA Metro’s Expo Line at the Downtown Santa Monica Station (located on 4th St. and Colorado Ave.) as well as many other Big Blue Bus and Metro bus routes in downtown Santa Monica.


Big Blue Bus and LA Metro Bus Route #602 shared bus stop locations near school include:

  • Sunset Blvd. at El Medio Ave.
  • Sunset at Temescal Canyon Rd.
  • Sunset Blvd. at Via De La Paz (used by students in the afternoon) 

How to Ride Big Blue Bus


If you’re new to riding the bus, watch the 2-minute video!


Planning Your Trip on Big Blue Bus – App It!

With these trip planning apps, your mobile phone is set to provide real-time bus arrival information for bus and train. Get around town with easy step-by-step transit directions and bus arrival information. All this information is just a download away…

Google Maps


If you need more help, we encourage you to contact the transit operator you want to use by phone, in writing, or in person:


Paying Your Fare

Big Blue Bus ($19.00/30-Day) offers a Youth Pass (ages 5-18) providing unlimited rides (any line, any time) during a consecutive 30-day period.

Interagency Transfers on TAP


Save money with a TAP card! Students can transfer from Big Blue Bus to LA Metro (or vice versa) for just $0.50! First, make sure you have a TAP Card loaded with Stored Value in order to transfer. Here’s how it works:


  • Step 1: Get a Reduced Fare Student TAP card (details below) or a regular TAP card.
  • Step 2: Load Stored Value (works like cash) on your Student TAP card from anywhere TAP cards are sold, Metro Rail Stations, online at, or by calling TAP at 866-827-8646.
  • Step 3: Tap your card on your first trip.
  • Step 4: When transferring to another agency like LA Metro, tap again and the transfer fare of $0.50 will be automatically deducted from your TAP card.

How to Get a Student TAP Card


To apply for the Student TAP card you'll need to fill out and submit a Student TAP Card Application and provide proof of enrollment with one of the following documents:

    • Current report card; OR
    • Current valid school ID; OR
    • Class schedule with the total number of units and/or in-classroom hours; OR
    • Official letter from school verifying enrollment


PCHS Transportation Coordinator

Susan Darvish

(310) 230-6631




Big Blue Bus

(310) 451-5444


LA Metro/Train

(323) 466-3876

(213) 922-6235




(562) 531-8000 x3



Bus Manager

Jeny Donaldson

(562) 531-8000 x712



Operations Manager

Belinda Borja

(562) 531-8000 x700