About Us
MBL History
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.

What Do We Do ?
Montebello Bus Lines’ (MBL) primary responsibility is to provide transportation services to residents of Montebello and neighboring cities. MBL is the third largest municipal bus system in Los Angeles County, behind Long Beach Transit and Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus. With a fleet of 66 buses, MBL serves over 8 million passengers a year throughout the communities of Alhambra, Bell Gardens, Boyle Heights, Commerce, Downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, La Mirada, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, South Gate and Whittier.

Service Data
FIXED ROUTE BUSES — FY 2014
Ridership 31,118 Weekdays — 7,934,976 Annual
Base fare $1.10
Service routes 8
Bus stops 950
Service hours 234,823
Service miles 2,486,292
Service areas Serving the communities of Alhambra, Bell Gardens, Boyle Heights, Commerce, Downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, La Mirada, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, San Marino, South Gate, South San Gabriel, and Whittier.
Bus fleet 66
Peak service 65

DIAL-A-TAXI PROGRAM — FY 2014
Ridership 43,553
Base fare $0.50 Customer pays cash fare directly to taxi driver and swipes card which contains a maximum of 40 rides per month.
Serivce hours 24 hours per day, 7 days a week
Serivce areas Montebello City Limits and neighboring cities (medical purposes only).