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Foothill Transit and the Gold Line

Posted February 6th, 2017
Foothill Transit Line 270 at the Monrovia Gold Line station

Learn how and where to transfer between Metro's Gold Line and Foothill Transit buses and where your connections can take you.

Rail and bus connections work together for you!

We now connect directly to most of the Gold Line stops on the Foothills extension. We know having options to get around is important to you.

Where are the Gold Line stops?

Arcadia Station (some walking required)

Arcadia Gold Line Station

The Arcadia station is on the northwest corner of North First Avenue and East Santa Clara Street, a short block away from the city’s main commercial area on Huntington Drive and adjacent to the city’s transit plaza.

While you’re here, grab a coffee at TAZA and a mole poblano at Villa Catrina. That should give you the energy for Arcadia Rock Climbing and Santa Anita Hot Yoga. Finish up by wandering the aisles at REI and Pok-A-Dots.

Connect with Line 187 at Huntington Dr and 1st Ave.

Line 187 can take you east past the end of the Gold Line extension all the way to Claremont, where you’ll find Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Claremont Village.

Monrovia Station

Line 270 connection to the Gold Line

The Monrovia station is northwest of the intersection of Duarte Rd and Myrtle Ave, just west of the historic Santa Fe rail depot.

While you’re here, relax at the Monrovia Station Park, or sit down for some friendly diner service at local favorite Nano Café (Duarte and Mayflower).

Connect with Line 270 right at the Gold Line station.

Line 270 can take you north to the many restaurants, shops, and events in Old Town Monrovia or south to El Monte Station, where you can connect to other Foothill Transit bus lines, Metro and Norwalk Transit lines, and even Greyhound buses.

Duarte/City of Hope Station (some walking required)

Duarte Gold Line connections

The Duarte/City of Hope Station is located along Duarte Rd, just west of Highland Ave and within a short walk to the City of Hope National Medical Center.

While you’re here, stop in at Federico’s Bakery or Huicho’s Frutas y Tostilocos for a treat. And remember that City of Hope is always looking for blood donors!

Connect with Line 272 at Duarte Rd and City of Hope for northbound trips and at Buena Vista St and Duarte Rd for southbound trips.

Line 272 brings you south into Baldwin Park and West Covina, where you’ll find the popular shopping destination Plaza West Covina.

Irwindale Station

Irwindale Gold Line connections

The Irwindale station is located east of Irwindale Avenue and is accessed via Avenida Padilla Street.

While you’re here, enjoy breakfast or lunch at Picasso’s Cafe, known locally for their corporate catering.

Connect with Line 185 at the new Industry Gold Line Station stop.

Line 185 travels all the way south to Hacienda Heights, and stops at popular destinations like the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum.

Azusa Downtown Station

Azusa Downtown Gold Line connections

The Azusa Downtown station is located east of Azusa Avenue directly adjacent to the historic Santa Fe Depot and the Azusa Intermodal Transit Center.

While you’re here, get a cup of joe at Flo’s Coffee Shop — yes, there really is a Flo’s — and some pan dulce at Almazan Bakery. Then you can browse the books at  Azusa City Library or take a dip in the pool at Slauson Park if the weather’s nice.

Connect with Lines 185, 280, and 690 at the brand new Azusa Intermodal Transit Center right next to the Azusa Downtown station. Lines 187 and 494 also have stops within walking distance. Line 187 stops at Foothill Blvd and Alameda / Azusa going westbound and Foothill Blvd and Dalton Ave going eastbound. Use Foothill Blvd and Dalton Ave for Line 494 in both directions.

Line 185 travels all the way south to Hacienda Heights, and stops at popular destinations like the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum. Line 280 will take you to Puente Hills Mall in Industry. Line 690 is a great way to park further east and avoid parking problems at the Azusa station; it connects to Montclair Transit Center, Claremont Transit Center, Lone Hill Park & Ride and Grand Avenue Park & Ride. Line 187 can take you east past the end of the Gold Line extension all the way to Claremont, where you’ll find Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Claremont Village. And Line 494 is a commuter service, heading from San Dimas Park & Ride to El Monte Station in the mornings and offering return trips in the evenings.

How to I transfer from Metro rail to a Foothill Transit bus?

Metro-to-Muni transfers can be purchased from TAP vending machines at rail stations, and are valid for two hours after purchase.

How do I transfer from a Foothill Transit bus to Metro rail?

Gates at Metro Rail stations only accept TAP transfers. Just tell your bus operator you’ll be transferring to rail before you tap your card.

If you don’t have a TAP card yet, single use TAP transfers for the Metro Gold Line are available on our buses. Single use TAP transfers are valid only on Metro rail. To request a single use TAP transfer, ask your bus operator for a “rail transfer”. The one-time use, paper TAP card will only be issued to cash paying customers who request a rail transfer. Unlike the regular TAP card, the single use TAP card cannot be reloaded or reused.

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