Foothill Transit is a joint powers authority of 21 member cities in the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys. It operates a fixed-route bus public transit service in the san gabriel valley of Greater Los Angeles, California.
The impetus for the formation of the transit agency was Los Angeles County Supervisor Pete Schabarum. Schabarum, annoyed at the cutbacks of bus service by the SCRTD, wanted to secede from the larger and form his own transit agency. Schabarum, who hated the influence of trade unions, chose to use contractors to operate the service, and Foothill executives made the service essentially strike-proof by insisting that 2 different companies operate the 2 bus yards, even if it would cost more for the short term. However, due to bus indusrty consolidation, First Transit had operated both yards from 2001 to mid-2007. Currently, both yards are represented by unions (Arcadia by the Amalgamated Transit Union and Pomona by the Teamsters Union), but past strikes at the agency have been less sucessful due to the ability of 1 yard to operate the other yards' service. In addition wages are less at Foothill than at other transit operators in the region.
Foothill Transit's board of directors are the only staff employed directly by the agency. All other staff are employed by contractors, and aall operations are contracted out. Due to this, Foothill management have to recuse themselves from recommending changes to be made to their contracts, instead deferring to the legal counsel hired by the board. Bus service is operated by First Transit for both and MV Transportation at Arcadia/Irwindale. Management is handled by Veolia. Since August 2007, MV Transportation has operated the Irwindale yard's service.
In 2002, Foothill Transit began purchasing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered buses.
Foothill Transit provides shuttle service to most vents at the Rose Bowl from the Parson Cooperation arking lot, located on Walnut Sreet and Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasedena.
Foothill Transit also provides park and ride buses to the Hollywood Bowl from El Monte, Pasedena, and Arcadia.