Duarte Transit started their new schedule for the Blue and Green Routes on Monday, March 7th. Changes include expanded services to serve the Gold Line station and restructure of the Red Route to combine with the Green Route.
On Tuesday, May 10th, City Council approved the extension of the Duarte Transit hours until 9:00 pm to benefit Gold Line station users.
For this two month period, a free shuttle van will run between Fish Canyon Falls Trailhead, located at 3901 Fish Canyon Road, and the Duarte/City of Hope Gold Line station, located along Duarte Road, just west of Highland Avenue every Saturday from 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. Hikers will be picked up at the Green Route stop no. 23, Highland Avenue at Business Center Drive.
After years of limited accessibility and maintenance, the Duarte Fish Canyon Falls Trail is now safer, wider and more accessible and hikers will be able to experience the 80-foot, three tiered waterfalls recently named the most beautiful falls in Southern California. However, Hikers and visitors are still warned to enter at their own risk. Even in the best of conditions, portions of the Duarte Fish Canyon Falls Trail are steep, rocky and narrow with very high cliffs and loose rocks. Ticks and poison oak are also sometimes prevalent. Hikers are also encouraged to read and obey all trail signs and hiking boots are strongly recommended.
Duarte is serviced by bus systems from Foothill Transit, Metro and the City of Duarte itself. We have community connections available on both routes and have a current ridership of more than 24,400 per month. All City buses are designed to handle wheelchair equipped passengers.
The City of Duarte has operated a free, fixed route bus system since 1984 and is paid from a ¼ cent sales tax surcharge, approved by California voters. Funding for the system comes from three sources. The Proposition A Transportation Fund, the Proposition C Transportation Fund and the Air Quality Management Fund. To this point, the system has required no General Fund support.
The Green Route buses travel in a counterclockwise direction around the City and the Blue Route travels clockwise; each complete the route once every hour.
Scheduled times are approximate and may vary due to traffic patterns, weather, closures, etc.
Blue.............Monday - Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Green...........Monday - Friday, 5:44 am to 7:15 pm
....................Saturday, 7:44 am to 6:15 pm
During the week, the two buses travel in opposite directions, thereby allowing passengers to move either way along the route. Each time a bus finishes its route, it has a short layover at the Target shopping center. One advantage of the one-hour travel time on the green and blue routes is that riders can count on the buses arriving at stops at the same time after each hour. For example, if a bus is scheduled to arrive at a stop at 7:25 a.m., it will also arrive there at 8:25, 9:25, 10:25, etc.
The Green Route travels in a figure-eight pattern through the City to pick up passengers from residential areas and drop them off at locations where they can transfer to either Metro and Foothill Transit lines. Connections are accommodated on the Blue Route as well.
RULES FOR RIDING
- Shoes and shirts are required. Skates are prohibited.
- Wait for the bus at least three feet away from the curb and on the sidewalk – Never stand in the street.
- Priority seating at the front of the bus is reserved for seniors and people with disabilities.
- Fold strollers and carts before entering the bus and store them next to you, out of the aisle. Hold your babies and/or place small children on your lap.
- Passengers are limited to the number of grocery bags they can carry while boarding the bus safely.
- On school days, passengers under the age of 19 may not ride the bus unsupervised until after 4:00 pm (College riders may ride the bus by showing picture college ID).
- Always stand behind the yellow line. Do not talk to the driver while the bus is in motion.
- Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before exiting and watch your step.
- Don’t leave personal belongings on the bus.
- Eating, drinking, littering, smoking, or using simulated smoking devices are not allowed while on the bus.
- Use headphones when listening to music and please wait to make a cell phone call until you have exited the bus.
- Rowdy, disruptive, threatening or unlawful behavior will not be tolerated.
Duarte Transit reserves the right to expel and/or exclude riders from service at any given time.
Please note: The City has a policy of not allowing children to use the Duarte Transit System to commute to or from school. Accordingly, during the school year, children are not allowed on the buses, unless accompanied by an adult, before 4:00 p.m. Children are allowed to use the buses on Saturdays, holidays, and during summer vacation. Exemptions to the policy can be obtained from the City’s Transit Supervisor for children who have a physical or mental disability that prevents them from walking, bicycling, or using other modes of transportation to get to or from school. For additional information on the Duarte Transit system, contact (626) 359-1813.
OTHER COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Foothill Transit operates the following routes through the City of Duarte:
494 Is a commuter route, traveling west to the El Monte Station where passengers transfer to an express bus serving downtown Los Angeles via the I-10. To the east, the route terminates at the San Dimas Park & Ride. This route operates on weekdays only.
187 This is a local bus route operating seven days a week. The schedule changes on the weekend. This route will take you west to Pasadena and east to the Montclair Trans Center. The frequency of scheduled times during peak times is at intervals of 15 minutes.
272 This is a local bus route operating seven days a week. The schedule changes on the weekends. This route originates in Duarte and travels southeast to The Plaza at West Covina via the Baldwin Park Metrolink.
Schedules and information for these routes can be obtained from www.FoothillTransit.org.
Metro operates one route in Duarte. It originates at the City of Hope in Duarte. Information for this route can be obtained by calling the Metro at (800) 266-6883 or by visiting their website at www.metro.net
264 This is a local route traveling west to Altadena via Santa Anita Fashion Park, and the Sierra Madre Gold Line station. This route operates seven days a week. Schedule changes on weekends.