Duarte Transit is embracing the City’s long standing, successful contract service model and applying it to our aging transit system. Starting in early 2019, the City in conjunction with Foothill Transit is introducing a fleet of new, 35 foot electric buses that will operate on existing Duarte transit routes. Partnering with Foothill Transit also brings much-needed transit expertise and resources to our small City including a fleet of state of the art electric buses with long range batteries; the latest in green and fuel efficient technology.
There are many benefits that come with this transition in addition to being green and lean. The increased capacity will also allow Duarte Transit to expand services to include students, who have historically been prohibited from utilizing the transit during peak hours as well as turning away fewer overflow riders. Changing to 35 foot, quiet electric buses will also reduce noise pollution for residents and businesses along the both the green and blue routes.
This one of a kind partnership first started building back in 2014 when the Duarte City Council began an outreach campaign for riders and residents composed of a series of surveys, public workshops and council meetings to discuss the current state of the transit system; including routes, alternative fuel buses, the need to accommodate students and potential fare impacts. This culminated in a decision in Fall of 2017 by the City Council to enter into a contract with Foothill Transit for the operation and maintenance of new electric buses. The contract service arrangement is very similar to the one the City has had with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department since incorporation.
New Foothill Transit/City of Duarte buses are projected to arrive by the end of this year and be in operation by the beginning of 2019. Staff is continuing to conduct additional outreach to riders and residents over the next few months to solicit input and promote the new, improved Duarte Transit system. The public outreach workshops schedule and locations are as follows::
For over 30 years, the City of Duarte has been providing a fixed route bus system for the community composed of a small fleet of 16 plus year old diesel buses which environmentally and economically don’t work for the community anymore. Recruiting and maintaining a fleet of part time drivers has also grown increasingly more difficult and expensive. Transitioning to this contract service will relieve the City of long standing staffing challenges and allow the City to consider the implementation of fares which can used to offset the ever-increasing cost of providing local transit. The City will also get the support of a full maintenance facility at the Arcadia Yard on Peck Road to keep the buses on the road.
Duarte Transit is NOT shutting down as of January 1st. If you have questions or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact the Duarte Transit Supervisor, Dave Rendon at (626) 359-1813.