Southern California Hot Spots

Page Created 3/23/2005

Page Updated 9/14/2008

New Additions to the page.

Updated information.

I am building this page as a reasource for all bus/transit fans interested in local Southern California Hot Spots. This page will be worked on as time permits. Any comments, questions or location suggestions email me at: rtd1121@yahoo.com

I have begun to compile information about places to get good bus pictures in Southern California. Just a few points and notes about taking pictures of buses a trains.

-Respect Private Property, do not Tresspass on Transit Agency property to get photos.

-Be curtious, know when it is appropriate to use flash photography.

Notes on this table:

Parking: We have tried to gather as much information as possible on parking at the various locations. If there is free parking at a location the following graphic will appear in the notes books. If there is paid parking at a location the following graphic will appear in the notes book. Rates at paid parking lots are unknown. If there is no parking the following graphic will appear.

Pictures on this page show examples of the photos that can be taken at the location or show the general set up of each location.



Los Angeles County

All photos by Andrew Novak unless noted.

City Location Address (Streets) Agencies Food Restroom Notes Photos
Burbank Burbank Station Downtown Burbank Metro - Metrolink (Mon-Sat) - Amtrak (Some Trains) - Burbank Bus (Peak Hours) - Santa Clarita (Peak Hours) - Glendale Beeline (Peak Hours) Vending Machines at the Station. Town Center mall is near by with various food places Restrooms at the Station Good place for photos during weekday rush hours

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Cerritos Los Cerritos Center 183rd Street between Gridley and I-605 Metro - Long Beach Transit - Norwalk Transit - OCTA - Cerritos on Wheels (COW) Various inside and outside the mall. (Two Chick-fil-A stores) Inside the mall

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Downey Downey Depot 8150 Nance St (1 block south of Firestone) Downeylink - Metro (All Mon-Fri) Del Taco and CVS within walking distance Inside Center

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El Monte El Monte Station Ramona Blvd. and N. Santa Anita Ave. (North of I-10) Metro - Foothill - Greyhound Vending Machines at the Station. A short walk from the station is Jack in the Box and Del Taco, also a Rite Aid drug store. Restrooms in the station Foothill Transit Store (upstairs) Greyhound Station (Downstairs)

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Glendale Glendale Station 400 W. Cerritos Ave Metro - Metrolink (Mon-Sat)- Amtrak - Amtrak Bus - Glendale Beeline - Greyhound Burger King on San Fernando Road near the station Restrooms at the Station

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Long Beach Transit Mall On First Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Pacific Ave Metro (Bus and Rail) - Long Beach Transit - Torrance - LADOT - OCTA Walmart and various food places around the area. Also near the Pike No Restrooms at the transit mall Transit Information Store (Open Mon-Fri)

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Long Beach VA Hospital/CSULB 7th St. and Channel Dr. Long Beach Transit - OCTA - Metro (Express line 577 Mon-Fri) Chevron Gas Station with Food Mart. Ralphs Market and Jack in the Box near by. Also Longs Drugs and Dennys. No Restrooms Street layover for OCTA and some LBT. Metro Express inside VA Hospital

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Los Angeles Aviation Green Line Station Aviation Boulevard and Imperial Highway (Near LAX) Metro (Bus and Rail)- Santa Monica - Culver City - LAX Airport Free Shuttle - MAX (Mon-Fri)- LADOT(Mon-Fri) No food near by No Restrooms ---
Los Angeles Gateway Plaza Near Ceaser Chavez and Vignes (East side of Union Station) (7 Days a week)Metro (Bus and Rail)- Santa Monica - Flyaway to LAX (Weekdays Only)OCTA - Foothill - Torrance - Santa Clarita - AVTA - LADOT - Various Shuttles Dennys (Across the Street)- Subway Sandwich Shop (Metro Plaza Hotel near Alameda and Chavez) Restrooms at Gateway and Union Station 1-2-3-4
Los Angeles (Westchester) LAX City Bus Center On 96th Street between Sepulveda and Jenny (Lot C) Metro - Santa Monica - Torrance - Culver City - LAX Airport Shuttle Various food places in Westchester. Also CVS Drugs, Longs Drugs and Ralphs market in Westchester. Restrooms at the LAX Shuttle bus depot next to the City Bus Center ---
Los Angeles Spring and Temple (Street Intersection in Downtown) Metro - LADOT - SMMBL - Foothill - - A good place during weekday rush hours

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Los Angeles (Downtown) Terminal 28 (Bus Layover) Under I-10 between 17th and 18th Streets and Broadway and Hill Metro Jack in the Box At Jack in the Box Metro contractor TCI layovers at this location.

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Norwalk Greenline Station Hoxie Ave (Next to I-605 and I-105 interchange. Also close to Imperial Highway Metro (Bus and Rail)- Norwalk Transit - Long Beach Transit Taco Bell-Pizza Hut, KFC/Long John Silver, McDonalds and Savon Drug Store No public restrooms at the station. Good place to see Metro buses operated by First Transit and Southland Transit.

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Norwalk Metrolink Station 12650 Imperial Highway Norwalk Transit and Metrolink McDonalds, Wendys and IHOP at Imperail Hwy. and Norwalk Blvd. No Restrooms Best on weekday rush hours

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Pomona Downtown Pomona Station 100 West Comercial Ave.(near Garey) Foothill - Omnitrans - Metrolink (Mon-Fri) Resturants nearby in downtown. (Across railroad tracks) --- Foothill Transit Store at this location ---
Puente Hills Puente Hills Mall 1600 Azusa Ave (Azusa and St. Route 60) Foothill Transit Various Resturants outside mall and places inside the mall. Restrooms inside mall Foothill has a Transit Store inside the mall.

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Redondo Beach South Bay Galleria Hawthorne and Artesia Metro - Gardena - Torrance - Beach Cities Transit Wienerschnitzel plus food in the mall. Restrooms at transit center and inside the mall. Beach Cities yard is near this location.

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Sylmar-San Fernando Metrolink Station - Metro - Metrolink (Mon-Sat) - Santa Clarita Transit - LADOT (Peak Hours Only) AMPM next to train station No restroom at this station. ---

Orange County

City Location Address (Streets) Agencies Food Restroom Notes Photos
Anaheim Disneyland On Harbor Blvd. (Also East Shuttle area of Disneyland) OCTA - Metro - Anaheim Resort Transit - Disneyland Resort Express - Various Hotel shuttles Taco Bell (Harbor and Ball) Shell and Chevron Food Marts (Harbor and Ball) McDonalds, IHOP, and Dennys (Harbor across from Disneyland) 7-11 (Harbor and Katella) None at bus loading area Good area for charter buses

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Brea Brea Mall Off State College Blvd. (Between Birch and Imperial) OCTA - Foothill - Brea Trolley(Weekday Only) Various places around the mall and inside the mall. None at bus loading area

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Fullerton Park and Ride On Orangethorpe (Between Manchester and Magnolia next to I-5 and CA-91 interchange) OCTA - Metro Taco Bell, Burger King, and 7-11 At the Park and Ride

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Fullerton Transportation Center Near Commonwealth and Harbor next to Fullerton Amtrak Station OCTA - Amtrak - Metrolink Taco Bell (Lemon and Commonwealth) McDonalds (Harbor and Chapman) Subway (Chapman near Lemon) Express Cafe in Amtrak Station plus local resturants Restrooms in Amtrak Station

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Laguna Beach Laguna Beach Bus Station On Broadway near Pacific Coast Highway OCTA - Laguna Beach Bus Local resturants near by. Restrooms at depot 1-2
Laguna Hills Laguna Hills Transportation Center Next to Laguna Hills Mall OCTA - Laguna Woods Shuttle (Leisure World) Various inside mall At the Transit Center ---
Newport Beach Transit Center Avocado and San Nicolas OCTA Fashion Island (Mall) nearby At the Transit Center --- ---
Orange Village at Orange (Mall of Orange) On Tustin between Heim and Meats OCTA - RTA Jack in the Box, KFC/A&W, Chick-fil-A, McDonadls, Walmart and Target. Also a variety of food places at the mall. Inside mall ---
Santa Ana Santa Ana Transit Terminal (SATT) On Santa Ana near 5th and Ross OCTA -- Restrooms at SATT --- ---

San Bernardino County

City Location Address (Streets) Agencies Food Restroom Notes Photos
Montclair Transit Center - Omnitrans - Foothill - RTA (Weekdays Only) - Metrolink Taco Bell and KFC with in walking distance. Montclair Plaza (Shopping Center) near by. Porta Potties

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Riverside County

Ventura County

City Location Address (Streets) Agencies Food Restroom Notes Photos
Oxnard Oxnard Transportation Center (OTC) On 4th Street near Oxnard Bl. Gold Coast - Vista - Greyhound - Amtrak - Metrolink(Weekdays Only) Local resturants near the station. Small shop inside station Inside Amtrak Station SCAT Customer Center next to Amtrak Station

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Oxnard Centerpoint Mall C Street between Laurel an Channel Islands Bl. Gold Coast - Vista Various inside mall Inside mall This is an on-street transfer location

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Thousand Oaks Transit Center Rancho Road and US 101 TOT - Vista - Metro (Mon-Fri) Taco Bell at Rancho Rd. and Thousand Oaks Bl.(Walking Distance) Inside center.

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Ventura Pacific View Mall Telegraph Rd. at Mills St. Gold Coast - Vista Various inside mall. Target is close at Transit center and inside mall. Transit Center is on the north side of the mall

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San Diego County

City Location Address (Streets) Agencies Food Restroom Notes Photos
Escondido Escondido Transit Center Valley Parkway and Quince St. NCTD - Sprinter - Greyhound - MTS Commuter (Peak Hrs) Small market at the center Inside center

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Escondido North County Fair Mall Beethoven Dr. (Back side of Mall) NCTD - San Diego Transit Various inside Mall Inside Mall Not as busy at it once was but is a connection between SDT and NCTD.

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National City Plaza Bonita Plaza Bonita Rd. (I-805 and SR-54) Chula Vista Transit - MTS Various inside Mall Inside Mall Buses park near Macy's.

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Oceanside Oceanside Transportation Center (OTC) -- NCTD - Sprinter - Coaster - Amtrak - Greyhound(Crucero) - Metrolink - RTA (Peak Hrs) Burger King at OTC Inside Center

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San Diego American Plaza/Santa Fe Depot -- San Diego Transit (Bus and Trolley) - Coaster - Amtrak -- Restrooms in Amtrak Station --- ---
San Diego University Town Center (UTC) La Jolla Village Dr. and Genesee Ave. San Diego Transit - NCTD Various inside Mall Inside Mall

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Santa Barbara County

City Location Address (Streets) Agencies Food Restroom Notes Photos
Santa Barbara Downtown Transit Center Chapala St. between Carrillo and Figueroa MTD - Vista (On Street) - Clean Air Express (Peak Hrs - On Street) Ralph' Market - Various on State St. Inside center Greyhould station next door.

Peak Hour routes at Chapala and Figueroa same with Vista.

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Santa Barbara UC Santa Barbara On Ocean Rd neat North Hall MTD Food Court at Student Union On Campus Bicycles have right-of-way on campus! ---


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