Foothill Transit

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Foothill Transit
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Founded 1988
Locale San Gabriel Valley
Service type bus service
Daily ridership 41,096 [1]
Operator Veolia Transportation
MV Transportation
First Transit[2]
Website foothilltransit.org

Foothill Transit is a joint powers authority of 21 member cities in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys. It operates a fixed-route bus public transit service in the San Gabriel Valley of Greater Los Angeles, California.

Overview[edit]

The impetus for the formation of the transit agency was Los Angeles County Supervisor Pete Schabarum. Schabarum, annoyed at the cutbacks of bus service by the SCRTD, wanted to secede from the larger agency and form his own transit agency. Schabarum, who hated the influence of trade unions, chose to use contractors to operate the service, and Foothill executives made the service essentially strike-proof by insisting that two different companies operate the two bus yards, even if it would cost more in the short term. However, due to bus industry consolidation, First Transit had operated both yards from 2001 to mid-2007. Currently, both Foothill Transit yards are represented by unions (Arcadia by the Amalgamated Transit Union and Pomona by the Teamsters Union), but past strikes at the agency have been less than successful due to the ability of one yard to operate the other yards' service. In addition, wages are less at Foothill than at other transit operators in the region.

All of Foothill Transit operations are contracted out. Bus service is operated by First Transit at Pomona and Arcadia/Irwindale. Effective July 1, 2013, due to expiration of the existing management services contract and continuing conflicts of interest between the executive director, staff, and board, Foothill Transit transitioned to in house management. Doran Barnes became a direct Foothill employee, as well as planning, procurement, and other administrative functions. Veolia staff continues to operate the transit stores and maintain bus shelters.[3]

In 2002, Foothill Transit began purchasing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered buses. By 2013, Foothill Transit will have a 100 percent CNG fleet.

Foothill Transit provides shuttle service for UCLA Football games at the Rose Bowl from the Parsons Corporation parking lot, located on Walnut St. and Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena.

Routes[edit]

All service operated as of June 1, 2014 with notes on upcoming service changes where indicated.

Express Routes[edit]

Express services operate weekdays only in the peak direction.

Route Terminals via Notes
[4] Downtown LA
Grand Avenue/Olive Street and Olympic Boulevard
Montclair
Montclair Transcenter
El Monte Busway, 10 Freeway "Silver 2 Silver" program only applies on Silver Streak and Metro Silver Line between El Monte Station and Downtown Los Angeles . 24-hour service.
481
[5]
Koreatown
Wilshire/Western Purple Line Station
El Monte
El Monte Bus Station
Wilshire Boulevard, El Monte Busway Reduced service between December 24th and December 31st
493
[6]
Downtown LA
Hope Street and 9th Street
Diamond Bar
Diamond Bar Park & Ride
El Monte Busway, 10 Freeway, 605 Freeway, 60 Freeway, Colima Road, Golden Springs Drive Service may operate on Valley Boulevard to/from Puente Hills Mall if the 60 Freeway is congested. Reduced service December 24th and December 31st. May operate to Phillips Ranch if needed. Usually runs on Orion V F1200's rarely on NABI 42 BRT and Orion V F1300's and NABI 40 LFW F1400-F1447
495
[7]
Downtown LA
Hope Street and 9th Street
City of Industry
Industry Park & Ride
10 Freeway, 605 Freeway, 60 Freeway, Brea Canyon Road Service may operate on Valley Boulevard to/from Brea Canyon Road if the 60 Freeway is congested. Reduced service between December 24th and December 31st
497
[8]
Downtown LA
Figueroa Street and 9th Street
Chino Hills
Chino Park & Ride
El Monte Busway, 10 Freeway, 605 Freeway, 60 Freeway, 71 Expressway Service may operate on Valley Boulevard to/from Grand Avenue if the 60 Freeway is congested. Reduced service between December 24th and December 31st
498
[9]
Downtown LA
Figueroa Street and 9th Street
Glendora/Azusa
Citrus College
El Monte Busway, 10 Freeway, Grand Avenue Reduced service between December 24th and December 31st
499
[10]
Downtown LA
Figueroa Street and 9th Street
San Dimas
San Dimas Park and Ride
El Monte Busway, 10 Freeway, San Dimas Avenue Reduced service between December 24th and December 31st
690
[11]
Pasadena
Lake Gold Line Station
Montclair
Montclair Transcenter
210 Freeway, Foothill Boulevard
699
[12]
Downtown LA
Figueroa Street and 9th Street
Montclair
Montclair Transcenter
El Monte Busway, 10 Freeway Reduced service between December 24th and December 31st

Local Routes[edit]

Route Terminals via Notes
178
[13]
El Monte
El Monte Bus Station
City of Industry
Puente Hills Mall
Los Angeles Street, Pacific Avenue, Valinda Avenue, Nogales Street, Colima Road

Selected trips serve the Baldwin Park Metrolink Station. As Nogales St stops are closed for construction, access to the bus stops are on Gale Ave near the 99 Ranch Market and Mandarin Plaza entrances. Please see the system map for detour route.

185
[14]
Azusa
Azusa Avenue and Foothill Boulevard
City of Industry
Puente Hills Mall
Irwindale Avenue, Glendora Avenue, Hacienda Boulevard, Colima Road
187
[15]
Pasadena
Raymond Avenue and Walnut Street
Montclair
Montclair Transcenter
Colorado Boulevard, Huntington Drive, Foothill Boulevard, Route 66
195
[16]
Pomona
Valley Boulevard and Humane Way
Pomona
Pomona Transcenter
Temple Avenue, Rio Rancho Road, Reservoir Street
197
[17]
Montclair
Montclair Transcenter
Pomona
Pomona Transcenter
Arrow Highway, White Avenue, Fairplex Drive, Orange Grove Avenue
269
[18]
El Monte
El Monte Bus Station
Montebello
Montebello Town Center
Santa Anita Avenue, Durfee Avenue
272
[19]
Duarte
City of Hope
West Covina
Westfield West Covina
Buena Vista Street, Baldwin Park Boulevard, Merced Avenue

Selected trips serve the Baldwin Park Metrolink Station.

274
[20]
Whittier
Beverly Boulevard and Norwalk Boulevard
Baldwin Park
Baldwin Park Metrolink Station
Workman Mill Road, Puente Avenue
280
[21]
Azusa
Azusa Avenue and Foothill Boulevard
City of Industry
Puente Hills Mall
Azusa Avenue
281
[22]
Azusa
Citrus College
City of Industry
Puente Hills Mall
Citrus Avenue, Cameron Avenue, Sunset Avenue, Gale Avenue
282
[23]
El Monte
El Monte Bus Station
City of Industry
Puente Hills Mall
10/605 Freeways, Valley Boulevard, Gale Avenue, Colima Road
284
[24]
Glendora
Route 66 and Grand Avenue
West Covina
Westfield Eastland
Foothill Boulevard, Lone Hill Avenue

Service operates Weekday and Weekend peak hours only

285
[25]
City of Industry
Puente Hills Mall
La Habra
Beach Boulevard and La Habra Boulevard
Hacienda Boulevard, Colima Road, Whitter Boulevard

Service operates Weekday and Weekend peak hours only.

286
[26]
Pomona
Pomona Transcenter
Brea
Brea Mall
Mission Boulevard, Diamond Bar Boulevard, 57 Freeway
289
[27]
City of Industry
Puente Hills Mall
Pomona
Cal Poly Pomona
Colima Road, La Puente Road

As Nogales St stops are closed for construction, access to the bus stops are on Gale Ave near the 99 Ranch Market and Mandarin Plaza entrances. Please see the system map for detour route.

291
[28]
La Verne
Foothill Boulevard and White Avenue
Pomona
Pomona Market Place
Garey Avenue
292
[29]
Pomona
Pomona Transcenter
Claremont
Claremont Transcenter
Towne Avenue, Foothill Boulevard, Baseline Road

Service operates during Weekday peak hours only.

480
[30]
West Covina
Westfield West Covina
Montclair
Montclair Transcenter
10 Freeway, Mission Boulevard, Indian Hill Boulevard
482
[31]
City of Industry
Puente Hills Mall
Pomona
Holt Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard Pomona Transcenter
Colima Road, Mission Boulevard, Golden Springs Drive, Diamond Bar Boulevard, Selected trips serve the Lanterman Developmental Center.

Selected weekday trips serve Gateway Circle.

486
[32]
El Monte
El Monte Bus Station
Pomona
Cal Poly Pomona
Amar Road
488
[33]
El Monte
El Monte Bus Station
Glendora/Azusa
Citrus College
Ramona Boulevard, Francisquito Avenue, Grand Avenue
492
[34]
El Monte
El Monte Bus Station
Montclair
Montclair Transcenter
Santa Anita Avenue, Arrow Highway, Bonita Avenue
494
[35]
El Monte
El Monte Bus Station
San Dimas
San Dimas Park and Ride
Peck Road, Myrtle Avenue, Huntington Drive, Foothill Boulevard

Service operates weekdays only in the peak direction.

School Supplementary Routes[edit]

Services operate weekdays only. Schedules subject to change June 1st - September 1st & December 22nd - January 3rd for Lines 853, 854, and 855.

Route Terminals via Notes
851
[36]
West Covina
Westfield Eastland
Glendora
Foothill Boulevard and Valley Center Avenue
Glendora Avenue
853
[37]
Diamond Bar
Golden Springs Drive and Copley Drive
Diamond Bar
Diamond Ranch High School
Golden Springs Drive
854
[38]
Diamond Bar
Golden Springs Drive and Copley Drive
Diamond Bar
Diamond Ranch High School
Diamond Bar Boulevard
855
[38]
Pomona
Pomona Transcenter
Claremont
Mountain Avenue and Harrison Avenue
Indian Hill Boulevard

Wireless Internet Access[edit]

On June 26, 2006, Foothill Transit installed wireless Internet hubs on six 1200-series Orion V buses (F1208, F1236, F1237, F1258, F1260, and F1262) that were exclusively assigned to Line 699. Downstream bandwidth of 300 kbit/s was available on each bus. The test program was discontinued and wi-fi service was installed on the Silver Streak until it was discontinued there in Late March 2009.

Fares[edit]

Fares as of October 1, 2012

Cash / TAP Card Fares

Fare Type Regular Senior / Disabled / Medicare
Base Local Fare: $1.25 $0.50
1Line 481 / Line 690: $2.75
Silver Streak: $2.45 $1.15
2Commuter Express: $4.90
3Transfers: $0.50 $0.25

Passes

Pass Type6 431-Day Pass EZ Transit Pass
Adult Local: $70 $84
Student Local: $33 $84
Senior / Disabled / Medicare Local: $22 $35
Silver Streak / Line 481 / Line 690: $105 $150 (P3)
5Discount Silver Streak: $52 $63.50 (P3)
Commuter Express: $170 $194 (P5)
  1. There are no discount fares on Line 481 or 690 as they only operate during peak hours.
  2. Commuter Express fares apply to Lines 493, 497, 498, 499, and 699. Metrolink Tickets are not accepted; only the full fare of $4.90, the 31-Day Commuter Express pass, or the P5 EZ Transit Pass. Transfers are worth $1.25 toward the full fare. No discounts are given for seniors or the disabled as these routes only operate during peak hours.
  3. Transfers can be purchased for $0.50 using cash or a TAP card with a cash purse loaded (a TAP card is required either way for Foothill-to-Foothill connections). The transfer is then loaded onto the TAP card and is good for up to two hours. The transfer on the TAP card can also be counted as base fare for any TAP enabled transit agency as well. Paper transfers may be requested for connections to agencies that do not use TAP. They can be counted as base fare for any transit agency to which Foothill Transit connects that accepts transfers.
  4. A 31-Day Pass' lifespan starts when the pass is first used, not necessarily at the beginning of the month, unless the pass was first used at the beginning of the month. For example, if the pass is bought on March 6, but first used on March 12, the expiration date of the pass is April 12 at midnight, 31 days after it was first used.
  5. Discount Silver Streak passes can be purchased by students, seniors, the disabled, and Medicare card holders. If the pass is used on Line 481, or Line 690, the difference must be paid in cash.
  6. All Foothill Transit passes are now sold on TAP cards only.

Bus Fleet[edit]

Active[edit]

Year Model Length Width Numbers Fleet Picture Fuel Type Notes
2002 Orion V CNG 40' 102" F1200-F1265 66 CNG Suburban seating. Used almost exclusively during the weekday peak hours. Run from the Pomona Yard. Also used on 665 and 666 when they are not needed on express services to Rose & Hollywood Bowls. Some units are retired.
2003 Orion V CNG 40' 102" F1300-F1350 51 Foothill Transit Orion V F1316.jpg CNG Run from the Pomona Yard. Used on many local routes.
2004/2005 NABI 40-LFW 40' 102" F1400-F1474 75 Foothill Transit - NABI 40-LFW Bus Number 486.jpg CNG Suburban seating. F1400-F1450 run from the Pomona Yard. F1451-F1474 run from the Irwindale Yard.
2005/2006 NABI 40-LFW 40' 102" F1500-F1509 10 CNG Suburban seating. Run from the Irwindale Yard. The first to have cummins engines.
2007 NABI 60-BRT 60' 102" F1600-F1629 30 Foothill Transit NABI 60-BRT articulated bus.jpg CNG These buses are used exclusively on the Silver Streak, except on weekends. Run from the Irwindale Yard. Suburban seating.
2009 NABI 42-BRT 42' 102" F1700-F1729 30 CNG Suburban seating. Used on the Silver Streak on weekends. F1700-F1724 run from the Irwindale yard F1725-F1729 run from the Pomona yard.
2010 NABI 42-BRT 42' 102" F1800-F1811 12 Foothill Transit NABI 42-BRT F1807.jpg CNG Suburban seating. Run from the Irwindale Yard. Used on the Silver Streak on weekends.
2010/2012 Proterra BE35 35' 102" F2001-F2012 12 Foothill Transit Proterra EcoRide BE35 "Ecoliner".jpg Electric Branded as "Ecoliners" by Foothill Transit. Most are used on route 291. It is the world’s first heavy duty, fast charging electric bus. One bus costs $1.2 million each. [39] Run from Pomona yard
2012 NABI 42-BRT 42' 102" F1900-F1913 14 CNG Suburban seating. Run from the Pomona Yard. Used on many express routes.
2013-2014 NABI 42-BRT 42' 102' F2100-F2163 64 CNG Suburban Seating. Run from the Pomona Yard. Used on many express routes.


Because Foothill Transit retires most of their buses at the 12-year FTA minimum standard, many of their buses are sold off or leased to other authorities and operate for years afterwards. Notable lessees include Valley Metro (Phoenix), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Arizona State University, Monterey-Salinas Transit, Gold Coast Transit, Glendale Beeline, Santa Cruz Metro, Benicia Breeze, and Amtrak California (operated by SFO Airporter).

References[edit]

  1. ^ annual ridership
  2. ^ Foothill Transit contracts with Veolia Transportation for management and administrative services and with MV Transportations and First Transit for operations.
  3. ^ http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_23325116/foothill-transit-sheds-management-contract-outside-firm
  4. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=707
  5. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=481
  6. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=493
  7. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=495
  8. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=497
  9. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=498
  10. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=499
  11. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=690
  12. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=699
  13. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=178
  14. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=185
  15. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=187
  16. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=195
  17. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=197
  18. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=269
  19. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=272
  20. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=274
  21. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=280
  22. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=281
  23. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=282
  24. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=284
  25. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=285
  26. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=286
  27. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=289
  28. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=291
  29. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=292
  30. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=480
  31. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=482
  32. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=486
  33. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=488
  34. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=492
  35. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=494
  36. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=851
  37. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=853
  38. ^ a b http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=854
  39. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/NewsDisplay.aspx?ID=688&type=news

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