The City of Duarte is serviced by bus systems from Foothill Transit, Metro and the City of Duarte itself.
The City of Duarte has operated a free, fixed route bus system since 1984. It is paid for from a ¼ cent sales tax surcharge approved by California voters. The buses operate Monday through Saturday, and have a current ridership of more than 24,400 per month. All City buses are designed to handle wheel chair equipped passengers.
The Green Route buses travel in a counterclockwise direction around the City, and complete the route once each hour.
The Blue route buses travel in a clockwise direction around the City, and complete the route once each hour. The route’s hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Saturday service is provided on the blue route from 8:00 am to 6:00pm.
The green and blue routes are essentially circular, coming within a few blocks of any point in the City. 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 commuter route travels in a figure-eight pattern through the City. This route runs weekdays between 5:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Its purpose is to pick up passengers from residential areas and drop them off at locations where they can transfer to either Metro and Foothill Transit lines.
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 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.
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.