Transportation in and around Arcadia is, as is in all of California, car oriented. Considering that Huntington Drive is Route 66, it is no surprise then that Arcadia is also car friendly. There are no parking lots that charge to park and no parking meters, either. Getting around Arcadia is quite simple, as the town is only 13 square miles and the streets are well maintained. The main artery, Santa Anita Avenue, has been widened at the three busiest intersections of Duarte Road, Foothill Boulevard and Live Oak Avenue, and the stop lights upgraded to be “smart signals.” A main computer is monitoring many of the major streets and intersections and is capable of adjusting the signals according to the current traffic patterns and flow.
Other modes of transportation include Arcadia Transit, which is maintained by the city, Foothill Transit bus service, various taxi companies and many private vans and busses provided by senior retirement facilities. All may be found online, in the membership directory or by phone.
Arcadia is bisected by the 210 Freeway and only a few miles from the I-10 and 605 Freeways. Metro busses will take you from many Arcadia bus stops to other cities, the Gold Line, MetroLink and beyond.
In 2014 the Gold Line—which currently stops at the Sierra Madre Station, a short mile from the west border of Arcadia connecting the entire transportation system at Union Station in LA—will stop in downtown Arcadia. This train link will tie Arcadia into the Gold Line Foothill Extension as far east as Azusa, and eventually on to the Ontario Airport. Arcadia is planning its own Gold Line station and parking structure with enthusiasm. The station site will be between Santa Anita Ave and First Street, one block north of Huntington Drive.
There are three major airports within 45 minutes of Arcadia: LAX, Ontario and Long Beach. Slightly closer is the fourth, Burbank, at about 30 minutes away. Driving, catching a bus or, even better, the Gold Line to Los Angeles Union Station and connecting with the bus that departs every 10 minutes to LAX, is another option. Union Station is also the connection point to Burbank Airport. i