Foothill Transit eliminating bus routes along Gold Line after trains prove more popular – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The following excerpt appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on March 29, 2017. To read the full article, click here. For questions about these changes, please visit the Foothill Transit website or call 1-800-RIDE-INFO (800-743-3463).

Foothill Transit eliminating bus routes along Gold Line after trains prove more popular – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

***STAFF FILE PHOTO***Justin Beck, of Pasadena, reads while waiting for the westbound Metro Gold Line at Lake Station in Pasadena Tuesday morning, April 26, 2011. Metro officials say 3,000 more people per day rode the Gold Line this March as compared to March 2010, a 10 percent increase as gas prices topped $4 a gallon in Los Angeles County. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/SXCITY)

***STAFF FILE PHOTO***Justin Beck, of Pasadena, reads while waiting for the westbound Metro Gold Line at Lake Station in Pasadena Tuesday morning, April 26, 2011. Metro officials say 3,000 more people per day rode the Gold Line this March as compared to March 2010, a 10 percent increase as gas prices topped $4 a gallon in Los Angeles County. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/SXCITY)

By Steve Scauzillo

March 29, 2017

[Excerpt]:

A year of record boardings on the San Gabriel Valley’s Gold Line train is suppressing bus ridership, causing a local independent operator to propose substantial reductions to lines that offer similar service.

As a response to a passenger shift from buses to the light-rail foothill extension running from Pasadena to the Azusa/Glendora border for a year, West Covina-based Foothill Transit is proposing to slash bus lines, including Line 187, one of the most popular east-west bus routes that runs from Montclair to Pasadena, across the foothill cities of the San Gabriel Valley.

Foothill Transit will de-emphasize the connection between Azusa and Pasadena by splitting the line into two: an eastern and a western segment.

“With regards to Line 187 as it relates to the Gold Line, the Azusa to Pasadena ridership has really fallen off,” said Kevin McDonald, deputy executive director of Foothill Transit. “We are keeping the eastern portion, which will go to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and the Santa Anita Mall in Arcadia.”

Under the proposed restructuring plan voted for public consideration by the governing board on Friday, the agency will cut Line 187 in half, which will continue to run from Pasadena to Azusa. The split will also create Line 188, which will from Azusa to Montclair.

To read the full article, click here. For questions about these changes, please visit the Foothill Transit website or call 1-800-RIDE-INFO (800-743-3463).

1 comment

  1. Laurie McRae

    I hope there will be a “contingency plan” for adding buses along the old 187 route on days when the Gold Line is significantly delayed, or out of service for some reason (i.e. when accidents on the 210 caused closures at Sierra Madre). That 187 route between Azusa & Pasadena has been a lifesaver in instances like that!

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