Foothill Transit

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Foothill Transit
Foothill Transit Logo.gif
Founded 1988
Locale San Gabriel Valley
Service type bus service
Fleet 330 (315 CNG and 15 fast-charge electric)[1]
Daily ridership 41,096 [2]
Fuel type CNG and electric
Operator Transdev
MV Transportation
First Transit[3]
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, United States.

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 Southern California Rapid Transit District, 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. Executive Director Doran Barnes became a direct Foothill employee, as well as planning, procurement, and other administrative functions. Transdev (formerly Veolia) staff continues to operate the transit stores and maintain bus shelters.[4]

In 2002, Foothill Transit began purchasing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered buses. By 2013, Foothill Transit was now 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.

Funding[edit]

Foothill Transit is mainly funded by local sales tax revenue, with 75% coming from Los Angeles County Propositions A and C, California State Transportation Development Act, and the State Transit Assistance Fund. The remaining 25% comes from farebox revenue.[1]

Routes[edit]

All service operated as of June 26, 2016 with notes on upcoming service changes where indicated.

Express routes[edit]

Express services operate weekdays only in the peak direction, excluding the Silver Streak.

Route Terminals via Notes
[5] 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
[6]
Koreatown
Wilshire/Western Purple Line Station
El Monte
El Monte Bus Station
Wilshire Boulevard, El Monte Busway Reduced service between December 24 and December 31
493
[7]
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 24 and December 31. 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
[8]
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 24 and December 31
496
[9]
Downtown LA
Hope Street and 9th Street
Azusa
Azusa Transit Center/Gold Line
10 Freeway, West Covina Pkwy., Sunset Av., Irwindale Av., Foothill Blvd., Azusa Av., Azusa Transit Center, 9th St., San Gabriel Av.
497
[10]
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 24 and December 31
498
[11]
Downtown LA
Figueroa Street and 9th Street
Glendora/Azusa
Citrus College
El Monte Busway, 10 Freeway, Grand Avenue Reduced service between December 24 and December 31
499
[12]
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 24 and December 31
690
[13]
Pasadena
Lake Gold Line Station
Montclair
Montclair Transcenter
210 Freeway, Foothill Boulevard
699
[14]
Downtown LA
Figueroa Street and 9th Street
Montclair
Montclair Transcenter
El Monte Busway, 10 Freeway Reduced service between December 24 and December 31

Local routes[edit]

Route Terminals via Notes
178
[15]
El Monte Bus Station Puente Hills Mall Los Angeles Street, Pacific Avenue, Valinda Avenue, Nogales Street, Colima Road

Selected trips serve the Baldwin Park Metrolink Station

185
[16]
Azusa Transit Center Puente Hills Mall Irwindale Avenue, Glendora Avenue, Hacienda Boulevard, Colima Road
187
[17]
Pasadena
Raymond Avenue and Walnut Street
Montclair Transcenter Colorado Boulevard, Huntington Drive, Foothill Boulevard, Route 66
190
[18]
El Monte Bus Station Cal Poly Pomona Ramona Boulevard Short line trips terminate or originate at the Eastland Center in West Covina
194
[19]
El Monte Bus Station Cal Poly Pomona Valley Boulevard Short line trips terminate or originate at Valley Blvd and Lemon Ave in the City of Walnut
195
[20]
Pomona
Valley Boulevard and Humane Way
Pomona Transit Center Temple Avenue, Rio Rancho Road, Reservoir Street Serves Cal Poly Pomona
197
[21]
Montclair Transit Center Pomona Transit Center Arrow Highway, White Avenue, Fairplex Drive, Orange Grove Avenue
269
[22]
El Monte Bus Station Montebello Town Center Santa Anita Avenue, Durfee Avenue
270
[23]
El Monte Bus Station Monrovia Peck Road, Huntington Drive, Primrose Avenue Operates Monday-Saturday only. No holiday service.
272
[24]
Duarte
City of Hope
Westfield West Covina Buena Vista Street, Baldwin Park Boulevard, Merced Avenue

Selected trips serve the Baldwin Park Metrolink Station.

274
[25]
Whittier
Beverly Boulevard and Norwalk Boulevard
Baldwin Park Metrolink Station Workman Mill Road, Puente Avenue
280
[26]
Azusa Transit Center Puente Hills Mall Azusa Avenue
281
[27]
Citrus College Puente Hills Mall Citrus Avenue, Cameron Avenue, Sunset Avenue, Gale Avenue
282
[28]
El Monte Bus Station Puente Hills Mall 10/605 Freeways, Valley Boulevard, Gale Avenue, Colima Road
284
[29]
Glendora
Route 66 and Grand Avenue
West Covina
Westfield Eastland
Foothill Boulevard, Lone Hill Avenue

Service operates Weekday and Weekend peak hours only

285
[30]
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
[31]
Pomona Transit Center Brea
Brea Mall
Mission Boulevard, Diamond Bar Boulevard, 57 Freeway
289
[32]
Puente Hills Mall Cal Poly Pomona Colima Road, La Puente Road
291
[33]
La Verne
Foothill Boulevard and White Avenue
Pomona
Pomona Market Place
Garey Avenue Serves Pomona Transit Center
292
[34]
Pomona Transit Center Claremont Transit Center Towne Avenue, Foothill Boulevard, Baseline Road

Service operates during Weekday peak hours only.

480
[35]
Westfield West Covina Montclair Transit Center 10 Freeway, Mission Boulevard, Indian Hill Boulevard Serves Cal Poly Pomona and the Pomona Transit Center
482
[36]
Puente Hills Mall Pomona Transit Center Colima Road, Mission Boulevard, Golden Springs Drive, Diamond Bar Boulevard, Serves Cal Poly Pomona

Selected weekday trips serve Gateway Circle and the Industry Park & Ride.

486
[37]
El Monte Bus Station Cal Poly Pomona Amar Road
488
[38]
El Monte Bus Station Citrus College Ramona Boulevard, Francisquito Avenue, Grand Avenue
492
[39]
El Monte Bus Station Montclair Transit Center Santa Anita Avenue, Arrow Highway, Bonita Avenue
494
[40]
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
[41]
West Covina
Westfield Eastland
Glendora
Foothill Boulevard and Valley Center Avenue
Glendora Avenue
853
[42]
Diamond Bar
Golden Springs Drive and Copley Drive
Diamond Bar
Diamond Ranch High School
Golden Springs Drive
854
[43]
Diamond Bar
Golden Springs Drive and Copley Drive
Diamond Bar
Diamond Ranch High School
Diamond Bar Boulevard
855
[43]
Pomona
Pomona Transcenter
Claremont
Mountain Avenue and Harrison Avenue
Indian Hill Boulevard

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 $110
Student Local: $33 $110
Senior / Disabled / Medicare Local: $22 $42
Silver Streak / Line 481 / Line 690: $105 $176 (P3)
5Discount Silver Streak: $52 $70.50 (P3)
Commuter Express: $170 $220 (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 (05.501) 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 or are being purchased secondhand by Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) in New York to replace their own batch of 2000 Orion V CNGs.
2003 Orion V (05.501) 40' 102" F1300-F1350 51 Foothill Transit Orion V F1337.jpg CNG Run from the Pomona Yard. Used on many local routes. Some units are retired or are being purchased secondhand by NICE to replace their own batch of 2000 Orion V CNGs.
2004/2005 NABI 40-LFW 40' 102" F1400-F1474 75 Foothill Transit - Bus Number 486 to Cal-Poly State U.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 Foothill Transit NABI BRT.JPG 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 Proterra BE35 35' 102" F2001-F2003 3 Foothill Transit Proterra EcoRide BE35 "Ecoliner" (cropped).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.[44] Run from Pomona yard
2012 Proterra BE35 35' 102" F2004-F2012 9 Electric Branded as "Ecoliners" by Foothill Transit.

Primarily used on Line 291 Run from the Pomona yard

2012 NABI 42-BRT 42' 102" F1900-F1913 14 CNG Suburban seating. Run from the Pomona Yard. Used on many express routes.
1999 NFI C40LF 40' 102' 8030-8035 5 CNG Used for a training bus. Owned by Transdev Phoenix.
2013-2014 NABI 42-BRT 42' 102' F2100-F2163 64 Foothill Transit.JPG CNG Suburban Seating. Run from the Pomona Yard. Used on many express routes.

On order[edit]

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
F2400-F2429 2016 NFI XN40 Cummins Westport ISL G
  • Delivery completed.
  • Feature new livery.
F2500-F2512 2016 Proterra, Inc. Catalyst BE40 TBD TBD
F2600-F2629 2016 NFI XN40 Cummins Westport ISL G TBD Expected to be delivered during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.[45]

Retired[edit]

Fleet number range Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
F106-F184 1988 NFI D40 Cummins L10 Allison
F200-F218 1988 Gillig Phantom 40' Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison
F219-F233 1988 Gillig Phantom 40' Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison
F250-F263 1991 Gillig Phantom 40' Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT748
F300-F305, F600-F648, F700-F738 1989 Gillig Phantom 40' Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT748
F750-F768 1991 Gillig Phantom 40' Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT748
F800-F822 1992 Gillig Phantom 40' Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT748
F900-F907 1994 Gillig Phantom 35' Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT748
F1000-F1063 1996-1998 Gillig S50T4096 Phantom 40' Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
  • F1013-F1015, F1040-F1045, F1056-F1063 feature suburban seating
  • Some have been resold to other transit operators
F1181-F1187 2000 Gillig G22E102R2 Advantage 29' Detroit Diesel Series 40 Allison B400R5

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, 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. ^ a b "Fast Facts". Foothill Transit. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  2. ^ annual ridership
  3. ^ Foothill Transit contracts with Veolia Transportation for management and administrative services and with MV Transportations and First Transit for operations.
  4. ^ http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_23325116/foothill-transit-sheds-management-contract-outside-firm
  5. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=707
  6. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=481
  7. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=493
  8. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=495
  9. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=496
  10. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=497
  11. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=498
  12. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=499
  13. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=690
  14. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=699
  15. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=178
  16. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=185
  17. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=187
  18. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=190
  19. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=194
  20. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=195
  21. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=197
  22. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=269
  23. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=270
  24. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=272
  25. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=274
  26. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=280
  27. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=281
  28. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=282
  29. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=284
  30. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=285
  31. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=286
  32. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=289
  33. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=291
  34. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=292
  35. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=480
  36. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=482
  37. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=486
  38. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=488
  39. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=492
  40. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=494
  41. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=851
  42. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=853
  43. ^ a b http://www.foothilltransit.org/BusSchedule.aspx?busnumber=854
  44. ^ http://www.foothilltransit.org/NewsDisplay.aspx?ID=688&type=news
  45. ^ Joint Meeting - Annual Governing Board Meeting & Executive Board Meeting (pg. 56), Foothill Transit. Dated 12 May 2016, retrieved on 17 May 2016.

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