Published : Monday, October 30, 2017 | 6:55 PM
Foothill Transit, the primary public transit provider in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, has started increasing fares and eliminating bus lines after increased ridership on the Metro’s Gold Line train service for the past year suppressed bus use among commuters.
One of those included in the line changes is Line 187 that serves Pasadena. As approved by the Foothill Transit governing board after a series of community consultations starting in March, the agency will cut Line 187 and create Line 188. Line 187 will continue to serve Pasadena to Azusa, and Line 188 will run from Azusa to Montclair.
In a statement, Kevin McDonald, deputy executive director of Foothill Transit, said the Gold Line has picked up much of the passenger demand in the Pasadena area, so they have decided to keep only the eastern portion of the line.
Metro says ridership on the Gold Line continues to increase, with the average weekday ridership surpassing 52,000.
Over the past week, Foothill Transit started charging adults 25 cents more for a one-way local ride, from $1.25 to $1.50. Riders using pre-loaded TAP cards can still get a discount for most categories. This is the agency’s first fare increase in seven years, a Foothill Transit spokesperson said. Riders can also expect another fare increase in September 2019, the agency also revealed.
Monthly passes have been increased, with those for seniors and disabled riders jumping up from $22 to $25. For students, monthly passes increased from $33 to $40. Adult monthly passes, on the other hand, have been reduced to $50 from $70.
Foothill Transit indicated the increases, as well as line eliminations, will save the agency about $588,000 yearly. The agency’s operating budget is almost $100 million for the current fiscal year.
The service changes were designed to improve route and operational efficiency throughout the system, the agency said. The savings from canceled 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.
For the first time, a Day Pass is now available at $5 per pass or $2.50 for seniors.
To see the full list of line service reductions and fare changes, visit www.foothilltransit.org.changes.