Study on Transfer of Bus Routes Launched by Cities

A coalition of cities is studying the feasibility of transferring bus routes in the west San Gabriel Valley to Foothill Transit and the city of Montebello in the hope of lowering fares, officials said.

The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments has commissioned the study to determine the feasibility of transferring service for cities including Pasadena, South Pasadena, Rosemead and Monterey Park to Foothill Transit, which charges its riders 90 cents. The MTA-run lines through those cities have a base fare of $1.35.

There has been no formal communication with the MTA, and the procedure for taking over the lines is not set, said Julie Austin, Foothill Transit’s executive director.