Montebello Bus Lines
Montebello Bus Lines Logo.svg
ParentCity of Montebello
FoundedJuly 28, 1931 (1931-07-28)[1]
Headquarters400 Taylor Avenue South
LocaleMontebello, California
Service areasee #Service Area
Service typebus service, paratransit
Routes8 [2]
Stops950 (FY2014)[2]
Fleet66 fixed-route fleet (FY2014)[2]
Annual ridership7,934,976 (FY2014)[2]
Fuel typehybrid, CNG, diesel

Montebello Bus Lines is a municipal bus operator in Montebello, California, USA, mainly serving East Los Angeles, Commerce, and Montebello.


Montebello Bus Lines began on 28 July 1931, with a small lot on the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Olympic Boulevard, where the four buses the agency operated were housed. The conception of Montebello Bus Lines came after several other transport services had served the area.

Two years after the City of Montebello was incorporated in 1920, the City launched its first attempt at operating a municipal bus route. But the City then decided to sell its bus operation to the Motor Transport Company in 1928.

Former Montebello bus 17, a 1944 Ford Transit Bus, is preserved at the Illinois Railway Museum, repainted and renumbered for a former Chicago-area bus company.
Former Montebello bus 17, a 1944 Ford Transit Bus, is preserved at the Illinois Railway Museum, repainted and renumbered for a former Chicago-area bus company.

Three years later, in 1931, the City purchased the route back from the Motor Transport Company, and Montebello Bus Lines was born.[3] In the agency's early days, passengers paid a nickel to ride the bus and bus operators earned $120 per month.

Montebello Bus Lines has grown to be the third largest municipal transport agency in Los Angeles County, operating seven local routes, an express route, a semi-fixed-route feeder service and a Dial-a-Ride service. Montebello Bus Lines serves 15 communities, providing transport to 8 million passengers on an annual basis.

As of September 2013, Montebello Bus Lines has 7 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, 44 hybrid buses and plans to replace its 15 remaining diesel fuel buses with CNG in next few years.[4] It also owns a CNG fuelling station to service the fleet.[5]

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has recognised Montebello Bus Line's service. Montebello Bus Lines is the recipient of APTA's Outstanding Transport System Award and APTA's top Silver Safety Award in 1999, as well as the Achievement Award in 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2002.[3]

Service area

Within its service area of approximately 67 square kilometres,[4] Montebello Bus Lines serving the communities of:[2]

Fixed-route service

Montebello Bus Lines consists of 8 routes in the San Gabriel Valley Central and West. Montebello Bus Lines fixed route services can broadly be divided into three types: Major Local Services, Minor Local Services, and Peak Express Service. Routes 10, 20, and 40 are the major service routes. Routes 30, 50, 60, and 70 are the minor service routes. Route 90 is the express route.[6]

Route overview

Route Direction Terminals via Days of Operation [a] Schedule Information
Westbound / Northbound Eastbound / Southbound
West-East East Los Angeles College Pico Rivera
Whittier Boulevard and Passons Boulevard
Whittier Boulevard Daily Schedule
Whittwood Mall
North-South Rosemead
San Gabriel Boulevard and Garvey Avenue
Gage Avenue and Telegraph Road
San Gabriel Boulevard, Montebello Boulevard, Greenwood Avenue Daily Schedule
San Gabriel [b]
San Gabriel Boulevard and Las Tunas Drive
North-South Alhambra
Garfield Avenue and Huntington Drive
South Gate
Firestone Boulevard and Garfield Avenue
Garfield Avenue Daily Schedule
West-East Downtown LA
Beaudry Avenue and 5th Street
Beverly Hospital
3rd and 4th Streets, Beverly Boulevard [c] Daily Schedule
Beverly Boulevard and Norwalk Boulevard
West-East Downtown LA
Beaudry Avenue and 5th Street
La Mirada
Adelfa Drive and Santa Gertrudes Avenue
Washington Boulevard Weekdays, Saturdays Schedule
North-South Pico Rivera
San Gabriel River Parkway and Beverly Boulevard
Pico Rivera
Telegraph Road and Serapis Avenue
Passons Boulevard Weekdays Schedule
North-South The Shops at Montebello Montebello
Mines Avenue and Greenwood Avenue
Via Campo, Wilcox Avenue, Mines Avenue [d] Weekdays Schedule
90 Express
West-East Downtown LA
Beaudry Avenue and 5th Street
Taylor Ranch Park & Ride
SR 60, Beverly Boulevard [c] Weekdays peak periods [e] Schedule
Beverly Boulevard and Norwalk Boulevard


  1. ^ Sunday service is provided on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
  2. ^ Route 20 serves San Gabriel only on weekdays select trips.
  3. ^ a b Route 90 Express operate alongside the Route 40 on Beverly Boulevard.
  4. ^ Route 70 also serves Montebello/Commerce Metrolink Station.
  5. ^ Route 90 Express operates 2 westbound trips (05:23 & 05:53) from Whittier, and 2 eastbound trips (16:25 & 16:50) to Whittier.

Former Routes

343 Telegraph Road Express

Former Route. Departs Gage Avenue and Telegraph Road to Downtown LA at 06:20 and 06:50. Departs from Downtown Los Angeles to Gage Avenue and Telegraph Road at 17:20 and 17:50.

In the early days of the Montebello Bus Lines, there was a route that had a bus stop in the middle of the 700 block of Bradshawe Street.

The buses used to be primarily blue, student riders of the bus affectionately called the Montebello Bus, "the big blue limousine."

Flexible Transport Services

Montebello Link

Montebello Link begins operations in 1997. Montebello Bus Lines contracts five Metrolink feeder routes offers a curb-to-curb shuttle to and from the Montebello/Commerce Metrolink station during the peak hours. This reservation-based service utilizes shuttles that meet the Metrolink's arriving schedule in the morning and take passengers to major employment centers. The feeder routes also carry commuters back to the station in the afternoon.[7][8]


The City of Montebello also operates Montebello Dial-A-Taxi since 2007, a programme which offers transport for elderly residents and qualified handicapped persons of any age and their attendants.[9] 15,000 residents utilise this service.


  1. ^ City of Montebello - History, City of Montebello, retrieved 30 April 2015
  2. ^ a b c d e About Us, City of Montebello, retrieved 30 April 2015
  3. ^ a b City of Montebello - 80th Anniversary Commemoration, City of Montebello, retrieved 30 April 2015
  4. ^ a b FY 2014-2016 Short Range Transportation Plan, October 2013, retrieved 30 April 2015
  5. ^ Day, Brian (20 March 2012), Montebello Bus Lines opens $2.4 million compressed natural gas fueling station, Whittier Daily News, retrieved 30 April 2015
  6. ^ City of Montebello - Bus Lines, City of Montebello, retrieved 30 April 2015
  7. ^ Maps & Schedules > Metrolink Shuttle, City of Montebello, retrieved 30 April 2015
  8. ^ "Free Shuttle Offered to Metrolink Commuters". Los Angeles Times. 5 September 1997. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  9. ^ Montebello Dial-A-Taxi Programme, City of Montebello, retrieved 30 April 2015