Pasadena Area Rapid Transit System

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Pasadena Area Rapid Transit System
Pasadena ARTS logo.png
Parent Pasadena DOT
Founded 1998
Headquarters 221 E. Walnut St, Pasadena
Service area Pasadena, CA
Service type bus service
Routes 8
Fuel type CNG
Operator FirstTransit [1]
Website Pasadena ARTS

Pasadena Area Rapid Transit System, or Pasadena ARTS, is the local bus service in Pasadena, California. It was formed in the late 1990s as a free service of the City of Pasadena.[1] In 2003, fares were introduced.

Fixed-route service[edit]

Pasadena ARTS consists of 8 routes in the City of Pasadena. All routes connect with the Metro Gold Line.[2]

Route overview[edit]

Route Direction Terminals via Days of Operation [a] Schedule Information
Westbound / Northbound Eastbound / Southbound
West / East Old Pasadena
Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard
Allen Station Green Street, Del Mar Boulevard, Allen Street, Colorado Boulevard Weekdays, Saturdays Schedule
Clockwise / Counter-clockwise Altadena [b]
Fair Oaks Avenue and Woodbury Road
Woodbury Road, Lake Avenue, California Boulevard, Fair Oaks Avenue Weekdays, Saturdays Schedule
West / East Altadena
Fair Oaks Avenue and Woodbury Road
Sierra Madre Villa Station Washington Boulevard, Altadena Drive Weekdays, Saturdays Schedule
32 Washington Boulevard, New York Avenue
West / East Old Pasadena
Raymond Street and Holly Street
Sierra Madre Villa Station Villa Street, Orange Grove Boulevard, Rosemead Boulevard Weekdays, Saturdays Schedule
North / South Art Center College of Design
North Campus
Fillmore Station Fiar Oaks Avenue, Raymond Avenue, Seco Street, Linda Vista Street Weekdays Schedule
Rose Bowl Memorial Park Station Fiar Oaks Avenue, Raymond Avenue, Seco Street Saturdays
North [c] Art Center College of Design / JPL [c] N/A Fair Oaks Avenue, Raymond Avenue, Seco Street, Oak Grove Drive Weekdays peak periods [d] Schedule
West / East Pasadena City College Hastings Ranch
Sierra Madre Boulevard and Michillinda Avenue
Del Mar Boulevard, San Gabriel Boulevard, Foothill Boulevard Weekdays peak periods Schedule


  1. ^ No service is provided on Sundays, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
  2. ^ All counterclockwise buses will recover at Woodbury Road & Raymond Lane for several minutes before proceeding to Fair Oaks Avenue and Woodbury Road.
  3. ^ a b Route 52 runs north form Fillmore Station to Jet Propulsion Laboratory, then turn south to Art Center. The bus will stop at the Art Center terminal for 6 - 7 minutes, then continues as southbound Route 51 back to Fillmore Station.
  4. ^ Route 52 operates 1 am trip and 2 pm trips during weekdays.


Fare Type † Regular Student ‡ Senior (62+) /
Disabled /
Medicare ‡
One-way $0.75 $0.50 $0.35
Local Transfer Free
Interagency Transfer $0.25 $0.10
  • † children five years of age and under may ride free (maximum 2 children w/ accompanying adult).
  • ‡ Proper identification must be presented to obtain the reduced Student and Senior/Disabled/Medicare fare.

Future Development[edit]

The Pasadena-Altadena Regional Trolley System is a recently proposed heritage streetcar system that would connect Altadena, Downtown, and Pasadena City College. No dates for this proposal have been set.[3]


See also[edit]