Montebello Bus Lines

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Montebello Bus Lines is a municipal bus operator in Montebello, USA, mainly serving East Los Angeles, Commerce, and Montebello.

History of Montebello Bus Lines[edit]

Montebello Bus Lines began on July 28, 1931, with a small lot on the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Olympic Boulevard, where the four buses the agency operated were housed. The conception of Montebello Bus Lines came after several other transit services had served the area.

Two years after the City of Montebello was incorporated in 1920, the City launched its first attempt at operating a municipal bus line. But the City then decided to sell its bus operation to the Motor Transit Company in 1928.

Three years later, in 1931, the City purchased the line back from the Motor Transit Company, and Montebello Bus Lines was born.[1] In the agency’s early days, passengers paid a nickel to ride the bus and bus operators earned $120 per month.

Montebello Bus Lines has grown to be the third largest municipal transit agency in Los Angeles County, operating seven local routes, three express routes and a Dial-a-Ride service. Montebello Bus Lines serves 14 communities, providing transportation to 9.5 million passengers on an annual basis.

Montebello Bus Lines plans to purchase 42 more hybrid buses in the near future. Its peak period fleet of 67 buses was recently enhanced with the addition of five hybrid gasoline-electric buses. Montebello Bus Lines plans to purchase 25 more hybrid buses in the next three years, replacing 15 of its diesel fuel buses[2]

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has recognized Montebello Bus Line’s service. Montebello Bus Lines is the recipient of APTA's Outstanding Transit System Award in 1999; and has also been recognized for safety practices with APTA's top Silver Safety Award in 1999 and Achievement Award in 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2002.[citation needed]

LINK, which offers a curb-to-curb shuttle to and from the Montebello/Commerce Metrolink station.[3]

The City of Montebello also operates Montebello Dial-a-Taxi, a program which offers transportation for senior residents and qualified disabled persons of any age and their attendants. 15,000 residents utilize this service.[4]

Routes[edit]

Montebello Bus Lines consists of 10 lines in the Central & West San Gabriel Valley. Montebello Bus Lines fixed route services can broadly be divided into three types: Major Local Services, Minor Local Services, and Peak Express Service. Lines 10, 20, and 40 are the major service lines. Lines 30, 50, 60, and 70 are the minor service lines. Lines 341, 342, and 343 are the express lines.

Local Routes[edit]

Route Terminals via Notes
10
East Los Angeles College Pico Rivera
Whittier Boulevard and Passons Boulevard
Whittier Boulevard
  • Operates daily
Whittwood Town Center
20
Montebello
Gage Avenue and Telegraph Road
Rosemead
San Gabriel Boulevard and Garvey Avenue
San Gabriel Boulevard, Montebello Boulevard, Greenwood Avenue
  • Operates daily
San Gabriel
San Gabriel Boulevard and Las Tunas Drive
(weekdays)
30
Alhambra
Garfield Avenue and Huntington Drive
South Gate
Firestone Boulevard and Garfield Avenue
Garfield Avenue
  • Operates daily
40
Downtown LA
Beaudry Avenue and 5th Street
Montebello
Beverly Hospital
3rd and 4th Streets, Beverly Boulevard
  • Operates daily
Whittier
Beverly Boulevard and Norwalk Boulevard
50
Downtown LA
Beaudry Avenue and 5th Street
La Mirada
Adelfa Drive and Santa Gertrudes Avenue
Washington Boulevard
  • Operates weekdays and Saturdays only
60
Pico Rivera
San Gabriel River Parkway and Beverly Boulevard
Pico Rivera
Telegraph Road and Serapis Avenue
Passons Boulevard
  • Operates weekdays only
70
The Shops at Montebello Montebello
Mines Avenue and Greenwood Avenue
Via Campo, Wilcox Avenue, Mines Avenue
  • Operates weekdays only

Express Routes[edit]

341 - Taylor Ranch Express[edit]

Departs Taylor Ranch to Downtown LA at 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM and every 30 minutes from 3:07 PM – 5:07 PM. Departs Downtown LA every 30 minutes from 6:50 AM – 8:50 AM and at 2:50 PM – 4:20 PM.

342 - Norwalk Boulevard Express[edit]

Departs Norwalk Boulevard to Downtown LA at 5:53 AM. Departs from Downtown LA to Norwalk at 4:25 PM and 4:50 PM.

Future Routes[edit]

Former Routes[edit]

343 Telegraph Road Express[edit]

Former Route. Departs Gage Avenue and Telegraph Road to Downtown LA at 6:20 AM and 6:50 AM. Departs from Downtown LA to Gage Avenue and Telegraph Road at 5:20 PM and 5:50 PM.

In the early days of the Montebello Bus Lines, there was a route that had a bus stop in the middle of the 700 block of Bradshawe Street.

The buses used to be primarily blue, student riders of the bus affectionately called the Montebello Bus, "the big blue limousine."

Fares[edit]

Fare Type General Student K-12 Senior/Disabled/Medicare
One-way $1.10 $0.75 $0.50
Interagency Transfer $0.25 $0.10
Express Upgrade $0.20
Day Pass $3.00 $2.00 $1.50
Monthly Pass n/a $30.00 n/a

Active Bus Fleet[edit]

Make/
Model
Picture Year Numbers
(Quantity Ordered)
Engine/
Transmission
Fuel Propulsion Notes
Gillig Advantage [1] 1999 9901-9907
(7 buses)
Diesel
  • To be retired soon
Gillig Advantage [2] 2000 2001–2006
(6 buses)
Diesel
Gillig Advantage [3] 2000–2001 2100–2115
(15 buses)
Diesel
New Flyer GE40LF [4] 2005 2501–2505
(5 buses)
  • Ford Triton V10
  • ISE ThunderVolt
Hybrid
New Flyer GE40LFR [5] 2008 2801-2815
(15 buses)
  • Ford Triton V10
  • ISE ThunderVolt
Hybrid
New Flyer GE35LFR [6] 2009–2010 2901–2908
(8 buses)
  • Ford Triton V10
  • ISE ThunderVolt
Hybrid
  • These buses are 35-footer units (small buses)
  • Used on Lines 30 and Lines 70 exclusively
New Flyer GE40LFR [7] 2009–2010 2909–2925
(17 buses)
  • Ford Triton V10
  • ISE ThunderVolt
Hybrid
New Flyer C40LFR [8] 2010 1001-1003
(3 buses)
CNG
  • Delivered January 2011
  • Originally numbered #21001-21003.
New Flyer C40LFR [9] 2011 1101-1104
(4 buses)
CNG
  • Originally numbered #21101-21104.
New Flyer XN40 2013 1301-1308
(8 buses)
  • Cummins Wesport ISL-G
  • Allison B400R
CNG

On order[edit]

Make/
Model
Picture Year Numbers
(Quantity Ordered)
length Engine/
Transmission
Fuel Propulsion Notes

References[edit]

  1. ^ City of Montebello - Bus Lines
  2. ^ Author:Sandra T. Molina Staff Writer|Date: July 22, 2007| Publication: Whittier Daily News, The (CA)
  3. ^ City of Montebello - Transportation
  4. ^ City of Montebello - Dial-A-Taxi

External links[edit]

1 http://www.whittierdailynews.com/news/ci_11222459