Foothill Transit and the L Line (Gold)Posted April 10th, 2019
Learn how and where to transfer between Metro's L Line (Gold) and Foothill Transit buses and where your connections can take you.
Rail and bus connections work together for you!
We know having options to get around is important to you. That’s why we connect directly to most of the L Line (Gold) stops on the Foothill extension.
Where are the L Line (Gold) stops?
Arcadia Station (some walking required)
The Arcadia station is on the northwest corner of 1st Ave and Santa Clara St, a short block away from the city’s main commercial area on Huntington Dr and adjacent to the city’s transit plaza.
While you’re here, grab a plant-based meal at Natural Selection or a mole poblano at Villa Catrina. That should give you the energy for rock climbing at Hangar 18 and Santa Anita Hot Yoga. Finish up by wandering the aisles at REI and Pok-A-Dots.
Connect with Line 187 at Huntington Dr and 1st Ave.
Line 187 parallels the L Line (Gold) between Pasadena and Azusa, but with more local stops. Our newest stop is the Westfield Santa Anita mall.
The Monrovia station is northwest of the intersection of Duarte Rd and Myrtle Ave, just west of the historic Santa Fe rail depot.
While you’re here, relax at the Monrovia Station Park, or sit down for some friendly diner service at local favorite Nano Café (Duarte and Mayflower).
Normally, you can connect with Line 270 right at the L Line (Gold) station. During ongoing construction near the station, please use the stop on Myrtle Ave at Pomona Ave.
Line 270 can take you north to the many restaurants, shops, and events in Old Town Monrovia or south to El Monte Station, where you can connect to other Foothill Transit bus lines, Metro and Norwalk Transit lines, and even Greyhound buses.
Duarte/City of Hope Station
The Duarte/City of Hope Station is located along Duarte Rd, just west of Highland Ave and within a short walk to the City of Hope National Medical Center.
Connect with Line 860 Blue or Line 861 Green at Duarte Rd and Hope Dr or Highland Ave and Business Center Pkwy and with Line 272 at Duarte Rd and City of Hope for northbound trips and at Buena Vista St and Duarte Rd for southbound trips.
Lines 860 Blue and 861 Green are our newest service, the fully electric duartEbus. They can bring you to the Duarte Target, Walmart, and Best Buy and the beautiful Duarte bike trail that runs right along the foothills. Line 272 brings you south into Baldwin Park and West Covina, where you’ll find the popular shopping destination Plaza West Covina.
The Irwindale station is located east of Irwindale Ave, and is accessed via Avenida Padilla.
While you’re here, enjoy breakfast or lunch at Picasso’s Cafe, known locally for their corporate catering.
Connect with Line 185 at the Irwindale L Line (Gold) Station stop located at the end of the platform.
Line 185 travels all the way south to Hacienda Heights and stops at popular destinations like the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum.
APU?/ Citrus College Station (some walking required)
The APU/Citrus College station is located just northwest of the current terminus of Citrus Ave (north of Foothill Blvd).
While you’re here, take in a performance at the Haugh Performing Arts Center.
Azusa Downtown Station
The Azusa Downtown station is located east of Azusa Ave directly adjacent to the historic Santa Fe Depot and the Azusa Intermodal Transit Center.
While you’re here, get a cup of joe at Flo’s Coffee Shop — yes, there really is a Flo’s — and some pan dulce at Panadería Almazan. Then you can browse the books at Azusa City Library or take a dip in the pool at Slauson Park if the weather’s nice.
Line 185 travels all the way south to Hacienda Heights, and stops at popular destinations like the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum. Line 187 parallels the L Line (Gold) into Pasadena, but has many more local stops. Line 188 can take you east past the end of the L Line (Gold) extension to Claremont, where you’ll find Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Claremont Village, and it ends at Montclair Transit Center, where you can connect to Omnitrans and the Inland Empire. Line 280 will take you to Puente Hills Mall in Industry.
How do I transfer between Metro rail and Foothill Transit bus?
All you have to do is pay your fare with your TAP card. When you tap your card again at your second boarding (within two and a half hours), you’ll automatically be charged the transfer fee instead of the full fare. You’ll need stored value on your card to pay the transfer fare. Here’s all of our transfer fees and upcharges. Without a TAP card, you’ll have to pay full fare. (For more, “Dear Gabby” explains everything you’ve ever wanted to know about transfers.)
Remember, Foothill Transit passes can’t be used to pay your fare on Metro service. Examples of Foothill Transit passes are our 31-day passes, our day pass, and our Class Pass. EZ Transit passes are good for multiple agencies.