There are a number of ways residents can get around, in and out, of Sierra Madre. Notable ways of public transportation are the use of Access Services, the City’s Dial-A-Ride Service, the Gateway Coach, the Metro Gold Line, and the MTA Bus Line.
Dial-A-Ride (Demand Response Transportation Service)
The Sierra Madre Dial-A-Ride program is a curb-to-curb transportation service for elderly and disabled residents of Sierra Madre. Out-of-town trips can go no more than two miles beyond the City, but may travel to a variety of the medical facilities in Pasadena, Arcadia, or Duarte.
Riders must be residents of Sierra Madre and must be 62 years of age or older, or must have a form, signed by a physician, attesting to a disability which hinders mobility and the use of MTA buses. All patrons of the service must first register with the City's Community Services Department, and present proof of residency and age or disability. Rides are paid for by the use of vouchers, which are $2 for in-town trips / $2 for out-of-town.
On Tuesdays, Dial-a-Ride will travel east as far as Duarte's City of Hope, but not in the Westerly direction. On Thursdays, Dial-a-Ride will travel West as far as Pasadena's Huntington Hospital, but not in the Easterly direction. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Dial-A-Ride will travel in both directions for scheduled appointments.
Medical trips will continue to receive priority only if they are reserved a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the date of service. Existing non-medical trips reserved within 48 hours of the requested time will not be bumped by last-minute medical trip requests. Last-minute medical trips will be accommodated as much as availability allows.
Upon making a reservation please provide the address of the destination, number of persons traveling, whether a wheelchair-accessible vehicle is needed and your telephone number. The dispatcher will advise travelers of the approximate pick-up time. Please allow for a 20 minute window. At pick-up drivers are not required to wait more than 10 minutes.
Passengers requesting a wheelchair accessible vehicle must make their request at least one hour in advance.
Drivers may assist upon request in loading and unloading of senior citizens and disabled riders' packages not exceeding twenty-five (25) pounds.
Monday through Friday: during the hours of 9:00am - 11:00am & 2:00pm - 6:00pm.
No service on Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays.
Fares are $2.00 each way.
The Gateway Coach is a fixed route public transportation service for the City of Sierra Madre.
The route operates Monday through Friday, except Holidays from 11:00am - 1:30pm and is available for all to use at no cost. The route traverses the City of Sierra Madre with stops at Sierra Vista Park, Sierra Madre Middle School, Sierra Madre Library, Post Office, Senior Housing and Memorial Park to name a few.
For questions regarding transportation services please contact the Community Services Office at 626-355-5278.
Metro Gold Line
Once completed, the Metro Gold Line will connect communities from Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire.
The first phase (Los Angeles to Pasadena) of the Gold Line, completed in 2003, began the connections with 13 stations in the cities of Los Angeles, South Pasadena and Pasadena. From Chinatown to Highland Park to Old Town Pasadena, Phase 1 of the line provides a great opportunity to experience interesting and unique communities in the region, and to view unique public art that represents the area’s history and culture. In fact, some of the region’s most treasured destinations are connected by the line - Olvera Street, Dodger Stadium, Caltech, the Rose Bowl, among others.*
The Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa and Azusa to Montclair will continue that experience 24 more miles east from the terminus of the first phase, and include stations in 11 new cities from Arcadia to Montclair. As with the first phase, each new station environment will be unique, representing the different communities and histories of the cities it traverses. Destinations in the Pasadena to Azusa and Azusa to Montclair segments will add to the connections made by the line, including stations within close proximity to the City of Hope, Santa Anita Racetrack, nearly a dozen institutions of higher education, the Irwindale Speedway, and more.
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* Metro completed construction and opened the first segment of the Gold Line’s Eastside Extension in November 2009. This new extension connects Los Angeles to Pasadena Gold Line to eight stations between Little Tokyo and East Los Angeles.