Foothill Transit

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Founded December 1988
Fleet size ~350
Number of
routes
39
Ridership 48,412 (2015, weekdays)
Operators Keolis, Transdev
Unions ATU Local 1756
(Arcadia yard, Transdev)
Teamsters Local 848
(Pomona yard, Keolis)
Website foothilltransit.org
Facebook @foothilltransit
Instagram @foothilltransit
Twitter @FoothillTransit

Foothill Transit is a transportation agency encompassing 21 cities in the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys to the east and northeast of the city of Los Angeles.

History

Operations began in December 1988. Foothill Transit's current routes originally belonged to the Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD, which was the predecessor to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority) but were split off from the larger agency due to the SCRTD cutting back heavily on bus service in the region.

Routes

Lines and Schedules

Foothill Transit operates a number of local and express bus routes, as well as a bus rapid transit (BRT) line named the "Silver Streak." This line connects downtown Los Angeles to the city of Montclair via the El Monte Busway, a part of I-10. The Silver Streak generally uses NABI 60-BRT vehicles, although NABI 42-BRTs are used during late nights, early mornings, and in peak hours.

Local

  • 178 - El Monte Station/Puente Hills Mall via West Covina
  • 185 - Azusa/West Covina/Hacienda Heights. via Irwindale Ave
  • 187 - Montclair/Claremont/Glendora/Pasadena
  • 190 - El Monte Station/Cal Poly Pomona via Eastland Center
  • 194 - El Monte Station/Cal Poly Pomona via Valley Blvd
  • 195 - Pomona Transcenter/Cal Poly Pomona via Phillips Ranch
  • 197 - Pomona/Claremont/Montclair via Fairplex Dr & Arrow Hwy
  • 269 - El Monte Station/Montebello Town Center
  • 270 - Monrovia/El Monte Station
  • 272 - Duarte/Baldwin Park/West Covina
  • 274 - Baldwin Park/Industry/Whittier
  • 280 - Azusa/Puente Hills Mall via Azusa Ave
  • 281 - Glendora/West Covina/Puente Hills Mall
  • 282 - Puente Hills Mall/Hacienda Heights/El Monte
  • 284 - Covina/San Dimas/Glendora
  • 285 - Puente Hills Mall/Whittier/La Habra
  • 286 - Pomona/Diamond Bar/Brea Mall
  • 289 - Puente Hills Mall/Walnut/Pomona
  • 291 - La Verne/Pomona/South Pomona via Garey Ave
  • 292 - Claremont/Pomona
  • 480 - Montclair/Pomona/West Covina via Mission Blvd
  • 482 - Pomona/Rowland Heights via Golden Springs Dr
  • 486 - Pomona/La Puente/El Monte via Amar Rd
  • 488 - Glendora/West Covina/El Monte
  • 492 - Montclair/Arcadia/El Monte via Arrow Hwy
  • 494 - San Dimas/Glendora/El Monte (weekdays only)
  • 690 - Montclair/Azusa via 210 Freeway (weekdays only)
  • 851 - Covina/Glendora via Glendora Ave (weekdays only)
  • 853 - Diamond Bar/Diamond Ranch High School (weekdays only)
  • 854 - Diamond Bar/Diamond Ranch High School (weekdays only)
  • 855 - Pomona/Claremont (weekdays only)

Express

These routes operate weekdays only.

  • 481 - El Monte/Downtown Los Angeles/Koreatown
  • 493 - Diamond Bar/Puente Hills Mall/Downtown Los Angeles
  • 495 - Industry Park & Ride/Downtown Los Angeles
  • 497 - Chino Park & Ride/Industry City Hall Park & Ride/Downtown Los Angeles
  • 498 - Citrus College/West Covina/Downtown Los Angeles
  • 499 - San Dimas/Via Verde/Downtown Los Angeles
  • 699 - Montclair/Fairplex Park & Ride/Downtown Los Angeles

BRT

This route operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • 707 (Silver Streak) - Montclair TransCenter/Los Angeles

Fares

Current

Facilities

Offices

  • Address: 100 S. Vincent Ave., Suite 200, West Covina, CA 91790
  • Email: comment@foothilltransit.org
  • Fax: 626-967-4608
  • Phone: 626-931-7210, 909-621-2126 or 1-800-743-3463

Arcadia yard (Transdev)

  • Address: 5640 Peck Rd., Arcadia, CA 91006

Pomona yard (Keolis)

  • Address: 200 S East End Ave., Pomona, CA 91766

Transit Centers/Park & Ride Lots

Azusa Intermodal Transit Center (Azusa Downtown Metro Gold Line Station)

  • Address: 801 North Alameda Ave, Azusa, CA
  • Serving: Lines 185, 280, 690
  • Connections to: LACMTA Metro Gold Line

Cal State LA Busway Station

  • Address: 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA
  • Serving: Lines 481, 493, 495, 497, 498, 499, 699, and the Silver Streak
  • Connections to: LACMTA Lines 487, 489, Metro Silver Line 910 & 950X (Busway Levels); LACMTA Lines 71, 256, 258, 665 (Street Level Terminal); Metrolink San Bernardino Line

Claremont TransCenter

  • Address: 200 W. 1st St., Claremont, CA
  • Serving: Lines 187, 292, 480, 492, and 690
  • Connection to: Metrolink San Bernardino Line

Diamond Bar Park & Ride

  • Address: Diamond Bar Blvd./60 Freeway
  • Serving: Lines 286, 482, 493, 854
  • Connections to: OCTA Line 757

Holt Ave & Indian Hill Blvd

  • Address: E Holt Ave. & Indian Hill Blvd., Pomona, CA
  • Serving: Line 480
  • Connection to: Omnitrans Line 61

Eastland Center

  • Address: Workman West Covina, CA
  • Serving: Lines 190, 281, 284, 480, 488, and 851

El Monte Station

  • Address: 3501 Santa Anita Ave., El Monte, CA
  • Serving: Lines 178, 190, 194, 269, 270, 282, 486, 488, 492, 494, and the Silver Streak
  • Connections to: LACMTA Lines 70, 76, 176, 267, 268, 287, 487, 577X, 770, Metro Silver Line 910 & 950X

Fairplex Park & Ride

  • Address: Fairplex Dr./10 Freeway
  • Serving: Line 699
  • Connection to: OCTA Line 757

Industry Park & Ride

  • Address: 500 S. Brea Canyon Rd., City of Industry, CA
  • Serving: Lines 482, 493, and 495
  • Connection to: Metrolink Riverside Line

Industry City Hall Park & Ride

  • Address: Glendora Ave./Stafford St., City of Industry, CA
  • Serving: Lines 185, 194, and 497

Montclair TransCenter

  • Address: Richton St.
  • Serving: Line 187, 197, 480, 492, 690, 699, and the Silver Streak
  • Connections to: Omnitrans Lines 66, 85, 88, and 290; Riverside Transit Agency Line 204; Metrolink San Bernardino Line

Patsaouras Transit Plaza (Union Station)

  • Address: N. Vignes St. & E. Cesar Chavez Ave.
  • Serving: Line 699 (Inside the Terminal); Lines 481, 493, 495, 497, 498, 499, and the Silver Streak (At the Busway Entrance)
  • Transit Plaza Connections: LACMTA Lines 33, 40, 442, 704, 728, 733, 745; AVTA Line 785; City of Santa Clarita Transit Line 794; LADOT Commuter Express Lines 431 and 534, DASH Route D, Metrolink Shuttle; OCTA Line 701
  • Busway Entrance Connections: LACMTA Lines 487, 489, Metro Silver Line 910 & 950X
  • Connections Just Outside Union Station: LACMTA Lines 68, 70, 71, 78, 79, 378, 770; LADOT DASH Route B, DASH Lincoln Heights/Chinatown; Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus Line 10; Torrance Transit Line 4

Pomona TransCenter

  • Address: 100 W. Commercial St., Pomona, CA
  • Serving: Lines 195, 197, 286, 291, 292, 480, 482, 855, and the Silver Streak
  • Connections to: Omnitrans Line 61; Metrolink Riverside Line

Puente Hills Mall TransCenter

  • Address: 1601 S. Azusa Ave., Hacienda Heights/Rowland Heights, CA
  • Serving: Lines 178, 185, 280, 281, 282, 285, 289, 482, and 493

The Plaza at West Covina

  • Address: 112 Plaza Dr., West Covina, CA
  • Serving: Lines 178, 185, 272, 281, 480, 488, 498 (at Sunset Avenue), and the Silver Streak

San Dimas Park & Ride

  • Address: San Dimas Avenue south of Bonita Avenue
  • Serving: Lines 492 (On Bonita Street), 494, and 499

USC Medical Center Busway Station

  • Address: Pomeroy St./Kingston St., Los Angeles, CA
  • Serving: Lines 481, 493, 495, 497, 498, 499, 699, and the Silver Streak
  • Connections at the Station to: LACMTA Lines 487, 489, Metro Silver Line 910 & 950X
  • Connections at Street Level to: LACMTA Lines 70, 71, 106, 251, 751; LADOT DASH Lincoln Heights/Chinatown, DASH Boyle Heights/East LA

Via Verde Park & Ride

  • Address: Via Verde/10 Freeway
  • Serving: Lines 480 and 499

Roster

Active

Foothill's fleet consists of a mixture of various NABI, New Flyer, and Proterra vehicles. Foothill began purchasing CNG buses in 2002 and has almost exclusively purchased CNG buses ever since. Foothill has had a 100 percent Clean Air fleet since 2013, with the retirement of the diesel Gillig Low Floor buses. Foothill aims to have a 100 percent electric bus fleet by 2030.

As Foothill Transit tends to retire buses at 12 years of age (the federally-specified minimum), its buses often are sold to other agencies which continue to operate them. Notable operators of ex-Foothill Transit buses include Nassau Inter-County Express in New York, Valley Metro in Phoenix, the LACMTA, Glendale Beeline and others.

Most newer Foothill Transit buses feature high-back reclining seats with overhead luggage racks or high-back cushioned seats. All newer buses also feature high visibility TwinVision white LED destination signs while older buses feature multicolor headsigns.

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
F1500-F1509 Foothill Transit F1501a.jpg 2006 NABI 40-LFW CNG
(040.31)
Cummins Westport C Gas Plus Allison B400R 5 speed
F1600-F1629 Foothill Transit F1612a.jpg 2006 NABI 60-BRT CNG Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B500R 6 speed
  • Each bus remaining in the old livery features a "Spirit of..." label, representing the communities served by Foothill Transit.
  • Originally featured on-board wireless internet access (now disabled).
  • Repainted in the new livery and repowered from Cummins Westport L Gas Plus engines circa 2015-2019.
  • The original 4th gen Allison transmission in these buses were rebuilt with newer, Gen-V Allison transmissions.
F1700-F1729 Foothill Transit F1722-a.jpg 2009 NABI 42-BRT CNG Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R 6 speed
  • First to be equipped with disc brakes, LED lighting and automatic next-stop announcements.[1]
  • Repainted in the new livery.
  • F1729 features TwinVision white LED Smart Series destination signs.
F1800-F1811 Foothill Transit NABI 42-BRT F1807.jpg 2010 NABI 42-BRT CNG Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R 6 speed
  • Repainted in the new livery.
F1900-F1913 Foothill Transit F1908-a.jpg 2012 NABI 42-BRT CNG Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R 6 speed
  • 2011 models.
  • Repainted in the new livery.
F2001-F2003 Foothill Transit F2001-a.jpg 2010 Proterra EcoRide BE35 UQM PowerPhase electric motor Borg Warner eGearDrive
  • Given the name Ecoliner.
  • Used exclusively on Lines 291 and 855.
  • Rarely used in service.
F2004-F2015 Foothill Transit F2010-a.jpg 2012 Proterra EcoRide BE35 UQM PowerPhase electric motor Borg Warner eGearDrive
  • 2013 models.
  • Given the name Ecoliner.
  • Used exclusively on Lines 291 and 855.
2016-2017 Foothill Transit 2017-a.jpg 2015 Proterra Catalyst BE40
  • Fast charge configuration.
  • Entered service on Line 291 in October 2016.
F2100-F2163 Foothill Transit F2137-a.jpg 2013 NABI 42-BRT CNG Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R 6 speed
  • First to feature new livery and new interior.
  • Feature suburban seating with overhead luggage racks.
F2200-F2229 Foothill Transit F2205-a.jpg 2014 NABI 42-BRT CNG Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R 6 speed
F2300-F2329 Foothill Transit F2319-a.jpg 2015 NABI 42-BRT CNG Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R 6 speed
  • 2014 models.
2400-2429 Foothill Transit 2415-a.jpg 2016 NFI XN40 Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R 6 speed
  • 2015 models.
  • Features newer interior.
  • 2400-2409 based in Pomona yard.
  • 2410-2429 based in Arcadia yard.
2500-2529 Foothill Transit 2513.jpeg 2017 NFI XN40 Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R 6 speed
  • 2016 models.
  • Currently being delivered as of late February 2017.[2]
  • All units based out of Arcadia/Irwindale yard.
2600-2612 Foothill Transit 2600.jpeg 2017 Proterra Catalyst E2
  • Extended range configuration.
  • Will be used on Line 280.
  • 2600 was spotted on 9/11/2017.
2700-2734[3] Foothill Transit 2700.jpeg 2019-2020 ElDorado National Axess BRT CNG Cummins Westport L9N Allison B400R
  • 2701 was delivered at Arcadia/Irwindale Yard on December 1, 2018
  • Entered service on 1/8/2019
  • Replacing the NABI 40-LFW CNGs

On Order

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
(2 buses)[4] 2019 ADL/Proterra Enviro500EV
  • Will be powered by Proterra.
  • This will be the first order of double deck buses for Foothill Transit.

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
L100-L110 1987 Ford/ElDorado Econoline/Falcon Ford Triton V10 Ford C-4 First buses to operate at Foothill Transit.
F100-F106 6/1991 Gillig Spirit 28' Caterpillar 3208T Allison MTB-643
  • Some units were bought by Transit Sales International.
F200-F218 1987 Gillig Phantom 40'
(4096TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
F207 (2nd) 6/1988 Gillig Phantom 40'
(4096TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748 Ex-Gillig demo
F219-F233 6/1988 Gillig Phantom 40'
(4096TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
  • Most, (possibly all) units were bought by Transit Sales International.[5]
    • F219-F222, F224, F226, F229-F232 were leased to LADOT as 219-222, 224, 226, 229-232 in 2003-2004.[6]
    • F227 was spotted in 2003.
F250-F263 1991 Gillig Phantom Suburban 40'
(4096TB6V92TAC)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
  • Delivered with dual headlights (quads), later changed to single headlights (duals).
  • Spec'd with exhaust catalysts from the factory.
  • Retired in 2004-2006.
  • Some units were bought by Transit Sales International.
    • F255 & F259 to New Castle Area Transit Authority 3041-3042 in 2004.
    • 1 unit was sold to TraveLynx (USDOT 326876) in Titusville, FL (later Cocoa, FL) and became T8. It was spotted in Rivera Beach/West Palm Beach, FL on 8/29/2007 and still retained the Foothill Transit livery.[7]
    • Some units (1991 models: either F250 series, F630 series, F750 or F800 series) were leased to Compass Transportation for Amtrak California shuttle contract runs circa 2007. 424 & 425 were notable units.[8][9][10]
    • Some units were leased to the South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (Columbia, SC). F250 was later bought by Word of God Church & Ministries International in Columbia, SC and was spotted in 2013.[11] It remains in the same location as of 2018.[12]
  • Many units were leased to Valley Metro (Phoenix) from 2005-2006.
F300-F305,
F600-F629,
F700-F738
Foothill Transit F738-a.jpg 1989 Gillig Phantom 40'
(4096TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
  • Delivered with dual headlights (quads), later changed to single headlights (duals).
  • Spec'd with exhaust catalysts from the factory.
  • Some units were temporarily leased to WHEELS before being delivered to Foothill Transit. They operated in the Foothill Transit livery.
    • F734 was spotted.
  • Retired in 2000-2002.
  • F601, F603, F607, F609, F611, F613, F615, F617, F621, F622, F624, F627, F629, F701, F715, F716, F718, F719, F721 & F722 were sold to Santa Cruz Metro and became 8901-8920 in 2000-2001.[6]
  • 28 units, including F600, F602, F614, F626, F700, F702-F704, F708, F711, F712 & F720 were sold to Monterey-Salinas Transit and became 1601-1628 in late 2001.[6]
  • Many units were bought by Transit Sales International.
    • 2 units to Metropolitan Transportation Services 6038 & 6039.
    • F703 (MST 1619) to LACMTA 9977.
    • F704 (MST 1620) was bought by an unknown agency and painted blue. It was eventually spotted at Elite Car Sales in St. Charles, MO in 2016.[13] The business folded circa 2018 and the bus was auctioned off at Manheim Auction in March 2018.[14] Additional images: [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] It was later spotted in a storage lot in Pontoon Beach, IL in December 2018.[15]
    • F712 (MST 1626) was eventually bought by a private company and converted into a mobile gym in Wilmington, NC. It was for sale on ebay in January 2017[16] & September 2017.[17]
    • F718 (SCM 8917) was repainted back into the Foothill Transit livery (post-Santa Cruz Metro retirement) and was spotted for sale in Nevada circa 2010.[18]
    • 2 unknown units renumbered M190-M191 were spotted for sale in Pennsylvania circa 2010.[19] "M190" became a party bus in Bonita Springs, FL.[20]
  • 1 unit was bought by "Ruby's Coach" in Spokane, WA. It sat since about 2006 and was available for purchase in October 2016.[21] However, it was eventually scrapped.
F630-F648,
F750-F768
Foothill Transit F645-a.jpg 1991 Gillig Phantom 40'
(4096TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
  • Delivered with dual headlights (quads), later changed to single headlights (duals).
  • Spec'd with exhaust catalysts from the factory.
  • F636 was bought by Scott Richards/Regional Transit Service for contract usage. It was eventually scrapped.
  • F760 was bought by San Diego Charter Inc.[22]
  • Some units were bought by Transit Sales International.
F800-F822 12/1991 Gillig Phantom 40'
(4096TB6V92TAC)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
  • 1992 models.
  • F800 was a 1991 model.
  • Delivered with dual headlights (quads), later changed to single headlights (duals).
  • Spec'd with exhaust catalysts from the factory.
  • Many units were bought by Transit Sales International.
F900-F904 (1st) 1975 AMG 9635A-6 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VS2-6
  • Ex-Santa Monica Municipal Bus Lines 4206-4210; bought in 1988.
    • Unknown if renumbered in the order of the former fleet numbers.
    • Purchased by the Los Angeles Dept. of Public Works for use on the local Pomona lines 192/294 & 291/293.
  • Retired in early 1991.
F900-F904 (2nd), F905-F907 1991 Gillig Phantom 35'
(3596TB6V92TA)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
  • Delivered with dual headlights (quads), later changed to single headlights (duals).
  • Spec'd with exhaust catalysts from the factory.
  • Retired circa 2003.
  • Some (possibly all) units were bought by Transit Sales International.[23]
F1000-F1016,
F1020-F1063
Foothill Transit F1056a.jpg 1994-1996 Gillig Phantom 40'
(4096TBS50)
Phantom Suburban 40'
(4096TBS50)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
  • F1013-F1016, F1060-F1063 were suburban models (with rear doors).
  • F1040-F1045 & F1056-F1059 were transit models that featured suburban seating.
  • Retired in 2005-2009.
  • F1045 is stored in the Arcadia yard and has been kept by Foothill Transit as a historic bus.
  • View the detailed page to see the dispositions of each unit.
F1100-F1176 Foothill Transit F1148a.jpg 2000 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G22D102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 40 Allison B400R 5 speed All units retired by December 2013.
F1181-F1187 Foothill Transit F1186-a.jpg 2000 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G22E102R2)
Detroit Diesel Series 40 Allison B400R 5 speed Retired circa 2011.
F1200-F1265 Foothill Transit F1209a.jpg 2002 OBI Orion V CNG
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50G Allison B400R
  • First CNG buses ordered by Foothill.
  • Featured suburban seating with overhead luggage racks.
  • 21 units leased to Nassau Inter-County Express 1000-1020.
  • 32 known units were bought by Transit Sales International.
  • Last unit (F1264) retired on 3/2/2017. F1264 is currently being used by the Arcadia/Irwindale yard as a training bus as of March 15, 2017.
F1300-F1350 Foothill Transit F1326a.jpg 2003 OBI Orion V CNG
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel
Series 50G
Allison B400R
  • 20+ units remained in service in March 2017; all remaining units were expected to be officially retired by April 2017.
  • F1311-F1312 leased to Nassau Inter-County Express 1021-1022.
  • 7 or more known units were bought by Transit Sales International.
F1400-F1474 Foothill Transit F1434a.jpg 2004-2005 NABI 40-LFW CNG
(040.31)
Detroit Diesel Series 50G Allison B400R 6 speed
  • Retired in 2017-2019.
  • F1427 was the last unit to retire on 9/3/2019.

Instruction Buses (Retired)

[6]

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
B41, B42 1989 Gillig Phantom 40'
(4096TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
1162, 1164, 1168, 1178 1986 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
1729 1989 Gillig Phantom 35'
(35102TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Voith D863.2
19088, 19097, 19102, 19126 1988 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748

Demonstrators

Fleet number Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
Foothill Transit MCI D4500CT Demo.jpeg 2010 MCI D4500CT CNG Cummins Westport ISL G 320 hp Allison B500R 6 speed Demo unit, was only in service for approximately a month.
2014 ADL Enviro500 Cummins ISL9 Allison B500R Demoed on October 3-7, 2016 on the Silver Streak.

References