FARE AND SERVICE CHANGES LAUNCH ON OCTOBER 22, 2017Posted October 25th, 2017
West Covina, CA — Foothill Transit, the primary public transit provider for the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, will launch the first phase of a system wide fare and service change on October 22, 2017. These changes were initially proposed and presented to the public for feedback in March 2017 and approved by the agency’s Governing Board at their annual meeting the following May.
An extensive public outreach process to collect regional feedback related to the proposed fare and service changes began on March 24, 2017 and concluded on April 24, 2017. Six public workshops and one public hearing were held to discuss the changes with customers in person and to obtain their input. Customers were also able to submit comments via email, postal mail, telephone using our 800-RIDE-INFO line, fax and in person at our Transit Stores. The final proposal to the Governing Board was amended to include customer feedback and was approved at the Foothill Transit Annual Meeting on May 26, 2017.
Customers who pay their bus fare using cash will see an increase in October, while most customers paying with electronic fare media, also known as a TAP card, will see no increase in their fare until September 2019 (when Phase II of these changes will launch). 31-Day Pass prices have also been adjusted, with some passes increasing in price while others decrease. The price of an Adult 31-Day Local Pass has been lowered from $70.00 to $50.00, and Foothill Transit has eliminated intra-agency transfers. In lieu of intra-agency transfers, Foothill Transit will introduce its first ever Day Pass at a price of $5.00 ($2.50 for seniors and persons with disabilities) that is good on all Local and Silver Streak service.
Day and 31-Day Pass Fares
The service changes were designed to improve route and operational efficiency throughout the system. The savings from cancelled and modified lines have been reinvested into other lines to increase service frequency where needed, or were reallocated to add service elsewhere where there were gaps in service coverage.
Lines with schedule and/or route changes include 185, 187, 194, 270, 284, 291, 292, 480, 482, 488, 493, 495, 498, 690, and 851. In some cases more service was added to meet higher demand, in others service was removed or lines were rerouted rerouted to better serve transfer points.
Major adjustments include the splitting of Line 187, the agency’s highest ridership line, into Line 187 and Line 188 to better serve the Gold Line Extenstion, and the consolidation of Line 855 and Line 292 to provide all day service.
The following lines will be removed from service due to duplicate service availability on other lines or because they travel outside Foothill Transit’s core service area: 481, 494, and 855 (which is consolidating into Line 292). Line 481 customers are encouraged to investigate the LA Metro bus (20, 720) and rail lines (Purple and Red) that serve the Wilshire corridor. Line 494 customers may use Lines 690 and 270 as alternates to El Monte Station. Line 855 customers will be served by the rerouted Line 292.
These changes are the result of extensive research and outreach to better allocate public resources to provide a more seamless transit network. Details about each line change, including maps and schedules, can be found at foothilltransit.org/changes.
Foothill Transit is the primary public transit provider of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, providing 14 million bus rides each year. To receive a complete travel itinerary of starts, stops, and transfers to your destination, call 1-800-RIDE-INFO or visit one of Foothill Transit’s five Transit Stores located in West Covina, Claremont, Pomona, Puente Hills Mall, and El Monte. Find us online at foothilltransit.org.