Montebello Bus Lines - Transportation service began in Montebello in 1910 with one motorized coach. As previously stated, Montebello was predominantly an agricultural region but World War I and the discovery of oil in the Montebello Hills quickly transformed the community. By 1917, there were four private companies competing for passengers among the influx of workers drawn to the area.
In 1922, two years after the incorporation of the City of Montebello, the city officially initiated a municipal bus service. Six years later, the city sold the operation to the Motor Transit Company, a division of Southern Pacific Railroad. Motor Transit later became Pacific Electric, operators of the famed “red cars.”
In 1931, the City purchased the lines back from the Motor Transit Company and launched its second municipal bus line. The City purchased a lot on Greenwood Avenue with a fleet of four coaches and began Montebello Bus Lines (MBL). During this period, a 17 passenger coach could be purchased for $2,700 each; a bus driver’s salary was $120 a month and the driver had to purchase his own uniform; and the fare was five cents.