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DuartEbus FAQs

Posted February 21st, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions about duartEbus

Where do the lines start and end?
Is anything changing from the Duarte Transit routes and stops?
Why does the schedule only show five different bus stops for Line 860 and Line 861? What are time points?
How much is the fare for the bus?
How do I apply for discounted fares?
Can I board from the rear doors?
How do I pay my fare on the bus?
What is a TAP card?
How do I load my TAP card?
What is a Day Pass? How does it work?
Where can I buy 31-Day passes?
How do I transfer to Metro bus or rail?
How will the buses operate on holidays?
Can I bring food or drink on the bus?
Can I bring my bike or scooter on the bus?
Are pets allowed on the bus?
Where can I learn more about basic rules of riding Foothill Transit?

Where do the lines start and end?

Both lines begin and end at the Target in Duarte (inside Mountain Vista Plaza)

Is anything changing from the Duarte Transit routes and stops?

The route will remain the same. Some bus stops will close due to accessibility.

Here are the stops that will be closing, and some other stops that you may use instead.

Line 860 Blue

  • Bradbury Ave and Huntington Dr | Use the Target bus stop at Mountain Vista Plaza or Buena Vista St and Huntington Dr
  • Royal Oaks D and Tocino Dr | Use Royal Oaks Dr and Las Lomas Rd or Royal Oaks Dr and Greenback Ave
  • Mountaincrest Rd and Deerlane Dr | Use Brookridge Rd and Opal Canyon Rd or Mountaincrest Rd and Fish Canyon Rd
  • Royal Oaks Dr and Encanto Pkwy | Use Mountain Crest Rd and Royal Oaks Park or Encanto Pkwy and Encanto Park
  • Huntington Dr 1943 – 1947 Huntington Dr | Use Huntington Dr and Bradbourne Ave or Huntington Dr and Highland Ave

Line 861 Green

  • Galen St and Newington St | Use Beckville St and Mountain Ave or Hurlock Ave and Broach Ave
  • Duarte Rd and Village Rd | Use Duarte Rd and Buena Vista Ave or Duarte Rd and Hope Dr
  • Evergreen St and Fairdale Ave | Use Business Center Dr and Highland Ave or Duncannon Ave and Evergreen Ave
  • Huntington Dr and Amberwood Dr | Use Huntington Dr and Highland Ave or Huntington Dr and Elmhurst Ave
  • Royal Oaks Dr and Bradbourne Ave | Use Royal Oaks Dr and Mount Olive Dr and Highland Ave and 1st St

Why does the schedule only show five different bus stops for Line 860 and Line 861? What are time points?

The bus stops that you see in the schedule are called time points — they are scheduled arrival times for those specific bus stops. Buses also make stops between time points. You can use the time points on the schedules to estimate when a bus will arrive at your stop.

You can read more in our full explanation of time points.

If you’re waiting at a stop and want to know when your next bus will arrive, use NEXTRIP. It uses satellite technology to find the specific location of your bus, then estimates what time the bus will arrive at your stop. Find it here on our website, by phone at 1-800-RIDE-INFO (743-3463), or text “foothill” followed by a space and then your stop’s number (listed on the schedule webpage) to 41411.

How much is the fare for the bus?

The Foothill Transit Duarte lines cost $1.25 to ride if you use a TAP card or $1.50 if you pay with cash for adults and students. For seniors and persons with disabilities or Medicare, it costs $.50 if you use a TAP card or $.75 if you pay with cash. You might be able to save money with a Day Pass or 31-Day Pass. We also offer discounted passes for seniors, persons with disabilities, and students. Children 5 and under ride free with a paying adult.

How do I apply for discounted fares?

If you’re eligible for a discounted fare, click here for eligibility, you can visit any of our four Transit Stores to apply for a discounted TAP card.

For a senior discounted card, you must be age 62 or older and bring your government-issued photo ID or Medicare card to a Foothill Transit Store to get a special Photo ID TAP card.

For a persons with disability/Medicare card, bring your LACTOA identification card or Medicare card and your government issued photo ID to a Foothill Transit Store to get a special Photo ID TAP card.

Can I board from the rear doors?

No, you must board from the front doors to pay your fare.

How do I pay my fare on the bus?

You can use a TAP card or cash to pay your fare. Your TAP card works like a gift card or a pre-paid card. You can load your card with cash value or a pass. To pay your fare, tap your TAP card onto the farebox, and it will automatically deduct the correct fare or identify your bus pass. With cash, insert the exact fare into the farebox (no pennies please). Please have your fare ready before you board the bus.

Note: Access passes are valid on Foothill Transit buses.

What is a TAP card?

The TAP card is a reusable, reloadable electronic card that can hold all your transit passes and cash value! Plus, you save every time your ride on Foothill Transit when you use a TAP card. TAP cards are available for purchase for $2 at our Transit Stores.

The TAP card also comes with lots of additional features like balance protection. Visit taptogo.net to learn more.

How do I load my TAP card?

If you have a debit or credit card, you can load cash value on your TAP card online at http://taptogo.net/ or by calling 866.TAPTOGO (1.866.827.8646). You can use cash to load your card at vendor locations throughout the San Gabriel Valley, including the Duarte Senior Center. For more locations, see the map at /TAP. If necessary, you can also load cash onto your card at the farebox. Ask your bus operator for assistance.

What is a Day Pass? How does it work?

The Day Pass allows you unlimited travel on Foothill Transit local lines and the Silver Streak from purchase until 3 a.m. the next morning for just $5 ($2.50 for seniors). The Day Pass is only available for purchase with a TAP card on board the bus. Make sure to ask your bus operator for a Day Pass before you tap your card!

Where can I buy 31-Day passes?

You can purchase a 31-Day Pass at any of our Foothill Transit Stores or at the Duarte Senior Center.

The Foothill Transit 31-Day Passes are good only on Foothill Transit buses. There is a 31-day pass for just the local lines, one that gives you access to the Silver Streak and all local lines, and one that gives you access to all lines, including the Commuter Express lines. We also sell EZ Transit Passes, which are accepted as fare by many Los Angeles County transit agencies, including Metro. Speak with a representative at our Transit Stores to find which pass is best for you.

Foothill Transit also offers discounts for senior customers, persons with disabilities, and students. Visit foothilltransit.org/discounts for more information.

How do I transfer to Metro bus or rail?

Transfers to other LA County agencies are automatic with a TAP card. Use Stored Value on your TAP card to transfer with ease between 24 TAP-participating transit agencies. Pay with TAP when you board (using a pass or Stored Value), then tap again when you transfer to another agency. Your transfer fare will be deducted automatically from your Stored Value. If you don’t have a TAP card, you will have to pay the full fare to ride other agency buses.

How will the buses operate on holidays?

On holidays, Lines 860 and 861 will operate on their Sunday schedules. For a complete list of observed holidays, visit foothilltransit.org/holidays.

Can I bring food or drink on the bus?

To protect your safety and prevent slips, trips, and falls, any food or drink brought onto the bus must be in covered containers with spill-proof lids. Beverage containers with any liquid must have screw-on lids. Filled beverage containers without a sealed and secure lid are not allowed on board the bus. (Examples of prohibited containers include disposable coffee cups and drinks from fast food restaurants.)

Eating and drinking is not allowed on the bus.

>Can I bring my bike or scooter on the bus?

Full-sized bicycles and battery powered bicycles must be placed on the bike rack, if it is safe to do so. Personal folding bikes and scooters must be folded prior to boarding the bus and must be kept on the customers’ lap or under the seat at all times.

Gas-powered vehicles, un-foldable scooters, and hoverboards are not allowed on the bus.

Are pets allowed on the bus?

Only service animals, accompanied by their trainer or designated person with disabilities, are allowed on board.

a id=”basics”>Where can I learn more about basic rules of riding Foothill Transit?

View our Bus Basics.

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