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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Eight people were injured Tuesday night in the San Gabriel Valley when a Foothill Transit bus driver fell asleep and crashed into a retaining wall on the 10 Freeway in Alhambra, officials said. The accident occurred about 8:45 p.m. near the 10 and 710 freeway interchange. The Silver Streak bus, carrying 13 passengers, struck the wall, skidded across all lanes of traffic and crashed into the freeway's center wall before coming to rest in the carpool lane, said Battalion Chief John Cermak of the Alhambra Fire Department.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
The Foothill Transit bus driver who crashed Tuesday night on the 10 Freeway in Alhambra, injuring eight people, works for an outside company with a recent driver-related violation, federal records show. Driver Myrna Castillo of El Monte is employed by First Transit Inc., an Ohio-based company that operates Foothill Transit's fleet of 314 buses, a spokeswoman said. In February, an investigator found that a First Transit driver in Texas was not carrying a medical certificate, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records.
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NEWS
December 29, 1991
Foothill Transit officials announced last week that they are opening new express and local bus lines, adding more buses to existing routes and beginning Saturday service for some lines. Line 482, a new express route with stops in Pomona, Hacienda Heights and downtown Los Angeles, begins today and will run seven days a week. Fare is $1.90 for a one-way trip from Pomona or $68 for a one-month pass. Beginning Jan. 4, Saturday service will be offered on lines 185, 192/194, 274/276, 291/293, and 178.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Laura J. Nelson
The Foothill Transit bus driver who crashed in the San Gabriel Valley on Tuesday night -- injuring eight people -- either passed out or fell asleep before the incident, authorities say. The California Highway Patrol identified the driver as 53-year-old Myrna Castillo of El Monte. Authorities said she lost control of her bus about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday near the interchange of the 10 and 710 freeways. "The Foothill Transit bus ... collided with the right shoulder sound wall and careened off the wall re-entering traffic," according to a CHP report.  Alhambra Fire Department Chief John Cermak said the woman either fell asleep or passed out, causing the Silver Streak bus to go out of control, drifting back and forth across lanes.
NEWS
July 28, 1994
Foothill Transit has expanded its bus service, extending the eastern limit of its Downtown commuter line from Claremont to Montclair. Sunday service, with buses passing every hour, also has been added for lines serving the cities of El Monte, West Covina, Pomona and Montclair, officials said. The changes were made in response to a recent ridership survey. New route schedules are available on all Foothill Transit buses. Information also can be obtained by calling toll-free (800) RIDE-INFO.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1998
The City Council voted unanimously Monday to take the first step toward joining Foothill Transit, which serves 250,000 commuters in the central and eastern San Gabriel Valley, replacing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The city agreed to contribute $45,000 toward expanding Foothill's services to Alhambra, San Gabriel, Monterey Park, Montebello, Rosemead, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena.
NEWS
November 13, 1988 | CRAIG QUINTANA, Times Staff Writer
Despite strong appeals from San Gabriel Valley officials, the Southern California Rapid Transit District has indefinitely postponed consideration of a low-cost, privately run transit agency to operate in the area. The RTD board of directors last week tabled a motion by Charles Storing, a La Puente councilman and the San Gabriel Valley representative on the RTD board, consenting to the formation of a Foothill Transit Zone until the RTD's lawyers can review the district's legal liability.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1996
The people on the bus go up and down, but the fares have stayed the same for eight years. Facing increasing routes and decreasing federal subsidies, Foothill Transit announced that it will be holding public hearings throughout the month to discuss changes in what it charges its San Gabriel Valley riders.
NEWS
July 18, 1991
Roger Chapin, deputy executive director of Foothill Transit, has been named executive director for the transit zone. He replaces William Forsythe, who will remain as a consultant. Before joining Foothill, Chapin was with Omnitrans, the public transit agency in San Bernardino County. Foothill Transit provides bus service for portions of the San Gabriel Valley. Vernette Pemberton of Hacienda Heights has been elected the first woman president of the La Puente Lions Club, a service organization.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1997
Foothill Transit, the county's second-largest bus operator, implemented a new fare system Tuesday raising the regular fare, but lowering the cost for those with passes. Passengers who use a pass called Metrocard can now ride for 75 cents. The cash fare, however, will rise to from 85 cents to 90 cents, transit officials said. Metrocards cost $10 to $50 and each fare is deducted from the card electronically, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Eight people were injured Tuesday night in the San Gabriel Valley when a Foothill Transit bus driver fell asleep and crashed into a retaining wall on the 10 Freeway in Alhambra, officials said. The accident occurred about 8:45 p.m. near the 10 and 710 freeway interchange. The Silver Streak bus, carrying 13 passengers, struck the wall, skidded across all lanes of traffic and crashed into the freeway's center wall before coming to rest in the carpool lane, said Battalion Chief John Cermak of the Alhambra Fire Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2009
Today is Presidents Day. The following schedule will be in effect: Government: City, county, state and federal offices will be closed. Mail: No delivery; post offices will be closed. Libraries: Most will be closed, including Los Angeles city and county branches. Banks: Most will be closed. Schools: Public campuses will be closed. Public transit: MTA buses, Metro Rail and Metrolink lines will provide regular weekday service. Foothill Transit will run limited routes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2008
Today is Presidents Day. The following schedule will be in effect in observance of the holiday: Government: City, county, state and federal offices will be closed. Mail: There will be no delivery; post offices will be closed. Libraries: Most branches will be closed. Banks: Most financial institutions will be closed. Schools: Public campuses will be closed. Public transit: MTA buses, Metro Rail and Metrolink lines will provide regular weekday service. Foothill Transit will run limited routes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2007 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
As traffic congestion through the Pomona and San Gabriel valleys worsens, the promise of a quicker commute -- and amenities such as free wireless Internet service -- should lure some solo motorists onto the new Silver Streak rapid buses. But the success of the new service from Montclair to downtown Los Angeles, which started Sunday, rests on whether the 60-foot buses will be able to bypass traffic by racing down the San Bernardino Freeway carpool lanes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2004 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
For the first time in its 15-year history, Foothill Transit is seeking to cut service because of persistent declines in ridership. The agency, which runs 34 bus lines throughout the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys, had beefed up service by nearly 20% during the last three years in anticipation of the region's population growth. But instead, ridership fell steadily in that period, by 10%.
OPINION
March 3, 2002 | JONATHAN E. D. RICHMOND, Jonathan E. D. Richmond, a Boston-based consultant on transit operations and organizational change, proposed dividing the MTA into MTA-owned regional operating companies in his book "The Private Provision of Public Transport."
L.A.'s Metropolitan Transit Authority management has come up with a potentially revolutionary proposal to transform the agency's poorly performing bus services. According to the plan, bus-service operations would be divided into five geographic semiautonomous "sectors." Small-scale sector operations could lead to local control, better bus service and lower costs. That was the promise of transportation zones, too, a previous MTA idea that languished for reasons of politics and indecision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1996
A strike by Foothill Transit bus drivers continued into a second day Friday, with no talks scheduled in the labor dispute. Only 37 buses out of the usual 104 rolled out of the Upland yard, forcing San Gabriel Valley riders to endure long delays and crowding on buses. The striking 150 drivers, represented by Teamsters Local 848, are involved in a dispute over pay and health benefits with Laidlaw Transit Services, a private bus company that contracts with Foothill.
OPINION
January 21, 2001 | Jonathan E. D. Richmond, Jonathan E. D. Richmond's "The Private Provision of Public Transport" will be released Monday by Harvard's Taubman Center for State and Local Government
When ideology, rather than economics, determines the model by which public transit services are supplied, it is the passenger, as well as the public purse, who loses out. In blocking privatization, California Democrats have preserved the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's poor service and management structure.
OPINION
October 15, 2000 | James E. Moore II, James E. Moore II is an associate professor of public policy, management and civil engineering at the University of Southern California. He is associate director of the National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research
The L.A. transit strike has disrupted the city's immigrant-driven economy, touching the lives of nearly every resident. It has been a game played at the public's expense that neither the Metropolitan Transportation Authority nor the unions deserve to win. Both sides have systematically exploited taxpayers. The strike has induced the public and the political establishment to contemplate the unthinkable: Los Angeles without the MTA.
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