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Foothill Transit

Foothill Transit is a public transit agency that is government funded by 22 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.

Foothill Transit
Foothill Transit Logo.gif
Founded 1988
Locale San Gabriel Valley
Service type bus service
Fleet 361 buses (344 CNG and 17 fast-charge electric)[1]
Daily ridership about 48000 a day[2]
Fuel type CNG and electric
Operator Transdev (Irwindale Yard)
Keolis (Pomona Yard)[3]
Website foothilltransit.org

Contents

OverviewEdit

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.[citation needed]

All of Foothill Transit operations are contracted out. Bus service is operated by Keolis at Pomona and Transdev Arcadia/Irwindale as of 2017. 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, when the 2000-2001 Gillig Advantage buses stopped servicing passengers, Foothill Transit became around a 90 percent CNG fleet. 10 percent of the fleet is Electric.

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

In 2017, Foothill Transit received two new contractors, Keolis and Transdev, both of which are French transportation companies, to manage both of their bus storage yards. Keolis took over First Transit's role in managing the Pomona Yard and Transdev took over First Transit's, and previously MV Transportation's, role in managing the Irwindale Yard.[5][6]

Foothill Transit's main goal is to be fully electric by 2030.

FundingEdit

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]

RoutesEdit

All service operated as of October 22, 2017, reflecting service changes effective October 22, 2017.

Express routesEdit

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

Route Terminals via Notes
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.
493
Downtown LA
Hope Street and 9th Street
City Of Industry
Industry 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. Usually runs on NABI 42 BRT and New Flyer XN40
495
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
497
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
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
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
699
Downtown LA
Figueroa Street and 9th Street
Montclair
Montclair Transcenter
El Monte Busway, 10 Freeway Reduced service between December 24 and December 31

Local routesEdit

Route Terminals via Notes
178
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
Azusa Transit Center Puente Hills Mall Irwindale Avenue, Glendora Avenue, Hacienda Boulevard, Colima Road
187
Pasadena
Raymond Avenue and Walnut Street
Azusa Intermodal Transit Center Colorado Boulevard, Foothill Blvd., Rosemead Blvd., Huntington Drive, Foothill Blvd. Route will serve Santa Anita Park, Arcadia Methodist Hospital and Westfield Santa Anita Mall on Huntington Drive between Rosemead Boulevard and Santa Anita Avenue
188
Montclair Transcenter Foothill Blvd, Route 66, Indian Hill Serves Eastern Half, Azusa To Montclair.
190
El Monte Bus Station Cal Poly Pomona Ramona Boulevard Short line trips terminate or originate at the Eastland Center in West Covina
194
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
Pomona
Valley Boulevard and Humane Way
Pomona Transit Center Temple Avenue, Rio Rancho Road, Reservoir Street Serves Cal Poly Pomona
197
Montclair Transit Center Pomona Transit Center Arrow Highway, White Avenue, Fairplex Drive, Orange Grove Avenue
269
El Monte Bus Station Montebello Town Center Santa Anita Avenue, Durfee Avenue
270
El Monte Bus Station Monrovia Peck Road, Huntington Drive, Primrose Avenue Operates Monday-Saturday only. No holiday service.
272
Duarte
City of Hope
Westfield West Covina Buena Vista Street, Baldwin Park Boulevard, Merced Avenue

Selected trips serve the Baldwin Park Metrolink Station.

274
Whittier
Beverly Boulevard and Norwalk Boulevard
Baldwin Park Metrolink Station Workman Mill Road, Puente Avenue
280
Azusa Transit Center Puente Hills Mall Azusa Avenue
281
Citrus College Puente Hills Mall Citrus Avenue, Cameron Avenue, Sunset Avenue, Gale Avenue
282
El Monte Bus Station Puente Hills Mall Valley Boulevard, 7th Avenue, Gale Avenue, Colima Road
284
Glendora
Route 66 and Grand Avenue
West Covina
Westfield Eastland
Foothill Boulevard, Lone Hill Avenue

Service operates Weekday and Weekend peak hours only

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

Service Operates All-Day on Weekdays, Serves Parts Of Cancelled Line 855.

480
Westfield West Covina Montclair Transit Center Walnut, Mission Boulevard, Indian Hill Boulevard Serves Cal Poly Pomona, Mt. SAC, and the Pomona Transit Center
482
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
El Monte Bus Station Cal Poly Pomona Garvey Avenue, Amar Road
488
El Monte Bus Station Citrus College Ramona Boulevard, Francisquito Avenue, Grand Avenue
492
El Monte Bus Station Montclair Transit Center Santa Anita Avenue, Arrow Highway, Bonita Avenue
690
Azusa
Azusa Downtown Gold Line Station
Montclair
Montclair Transcenter
210 Freeway, Foothill Boulevard

School supplementary routesEdit

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
West Covina
Westfield Eastland
Glendora
Foothill Boulevard and Valley Center Avenue
Glendora Avenue
853
Diamond Bar
Golden Springs Drive and Copley Drive
Diamond Bar
Diamond Ranch High School
Golden Springs Drive
854
Diamond Bar
Golden Springs Drive and Copley Drive
Diamond Bar
Diamond Ranch High School
Diamond Bar Boulevard

Bus fleetEdit

ActiveEdit

All active fleet have suburban seating. With the retirement of the 2000 and 2001 Gillig Advantage fleet in 2014, the entire current fleet now consists of 100% clean air buses, which either run on electricity or compressed natural gas (CNG). Only about one-tenth of the entire fleet is electric.

Year Model Length Width Numbers Fleet Picture Fuel Type Notes
2004/2005 NABI 40-LFW 40' 102" F1400-F1474 75   CNG F1400-F1450 run from the Pomona Yard. F1451-F1474 run from the Irwindale Yard. 34 units have been taken out of service as of 2018, but have not been leased or sold to other transit agencies yet. 41 of these units still operate on a daily basiss. F1474 has a Cummins Engine instead of a Diesel one and is still operating. These are the latest orders to have Diesel engines, sans F1474.
2005/2006 NABI 40-LFW 40' 102" F1500-F1509 10 CNG All units run from the Irwindale Yard. Though these buses are identical to their 2004-2005 counterparts, they have Cummins Engines instead of Diesel ones.
2007 NABI 60-BRT 60' 102" F1600-F1629 30   CNG These buses are used exclusively on the Silver Streak, but can sometimes be seen on Line 187. The units run from the Irwindale Yard. Currently being repainted in the new livery and repowered to Cummins Westport ISL G engines.
2009 NABI 42-BRT 42' 102" F1700-F1729 30   CNG All units run from the Irwindale Yard and operated by Transdev.
2010 NABI 42-BRT 42' 102" F1800-F1811 12   CNG All units run from the Pomona Yard and operated by Keolis.[7]
2010 Proterra BE35 35' 102" F2001-F2003 3   Electric Branded as "Ecoliners" by Foothill Transit. This model was the world’s first heavy duty, fast charging electric bus. Each bus costs $1.2 million USD.[8] The units run from the Pomona Yard.
2012 Proterra BE35 35' 102" F2004-F2015 12 Electric Branded as "Ecoliners" by Foothill Transit. The units run from the Pomona Yard.
2012 NABI 42-BRT 42' 102" F1900-F1913 14 CNG Run from the Pomona Yard. Used on many express routes.
2013/2014/2015 NABI 42-BRT 42' 102' F2100-F2163
F2200-F2229
F2300-F2329
124   CNG Most of these buses run from the Pomona Yard, but some of them are run from the Irwindale Yard. These three orders were the last orders Foothill Transit ordered from North American Bus Industries because New Flyer Industries bought the company and ceased production of North American Bus Industries' lineup of fleet. These buses replaced the last remaining Diesel powered Gillig Advantage buses, which were retired in 2014. Used on many express routes.
2015 Proterra Catalyst BE40 40' 102" F2016-F2017 2 Electric Branded as "Ecoliners" by Foothill Transit. The units run from the Pomona Yard.
2017 Proterra Catalyst BE40 40' 102' F2600-F2612 13 Electric Branded as "Ecoliners" by Foothill Transit. The units run from the Pomona Yard.
2016/2017 NFI XN40 40' 102' F2400-F2429
F2500-F2529
60 CNG These buses were scheduled to be delivered during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.[9] F2400-F2409 run from the Pomona Yard. F2410-F2429 and F2500-F2529 run from the Irwindale Yard.

On orderEdit

Year Model Length Width Numbers Fleet Picture Fuel Type Notes
2018 Proterra Catalyst BE40 40' 102' F2700-F2719 20 Electric Branded as "Ecoliners" by Foothill Transit. The units run from the Pomona Yard.

RetiredEdit

Fleet number range Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
F106-F184 (79 buses) 1988 NFI D40 Cummins L10 Allison
F200-F218 (19 buses) 1988 Gillig Phantom 40' Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison
F219-F233 (15 buses) 1988 Gillig Phantom 40' Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison
F250-F263 (14 buses) 1991 Gillig Phantom 40' Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT748
F300-F305, F600-F648, F700-F738 (94 buses) 1989 Gillig Phantom 40' Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT748
F750-F768 (19 buses) 1991 Gillig Phantom 40' Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT748
F800-F822 (23 buses) 1992 Gillig Phantom 40' Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT748
F900-F907 (8 buses) 1994 Gillig Phantom 35' Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT748
F1000-F1063 (64 buses) 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
  • F1045 kept by Foothill Transit for historical purposes in the Irwindale Yard.
  • F1047 and F1050 recently sold in public auctions.
F1100-F1176 (77 buses) 2000 Gillig Advantage 40'

(G22D102N4)

Detroit Diesel Series 40 Allison B400R5
  • All units retired by January 2014.
F1181-F1187 (7 buses) 2000 Gillig G22E102R2 Advantage 29' Detroit Diesel Series 40 Allison B400R5
  • All units retired by 2011.
F1200-F1265
F1300-F1350 (117 buses)
2002-2003 Orion V 40' Detroit Diesel Series-50 CNG Allison B400R5
  • All units retired by April 2017.
  • Some are leased to other operators.
  • Others remain in the Pomona Yard and some of those units remain as training coaches for new bus drivers.
  • The first CNG buses ordered by Foothill Transit.
  • Some units moved to Omnitrans and Los Angeles Metro in 2019.
F1400-F1474 (75 buses) 2004-2005 NABI 40-LFW Detroit Diesel Series- 50G CNG Allsion B400R5
  • Some units are being retired as of 2018. Most are still operating.

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, Nassau Inter-County Express, 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).

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