LBT provides public transportation to more than 26 million boarding customers annually in southeastern Los Angeles County and northern Orange County. With a service area covering over 100-square miles across 13 cities, LBT annually runs more than 6.9 million service miles over 700,000 service hours, using 248 fixed-route buses. LBT also operates demand responsive paratransit service and water taxi service.

Statistics

FY 2018 Customer Boardings 23.8 million FY 2019 Operating Budget $98.02 million
FY 2018 Vehicle Miles Traveled 7.7 million FY 2019 Capital Budget $38.27 million
Number of Routes 35 Fleet 248 vehicles

For more information view our LBT At-A-Glance.

Long Beach Transit is dedicated to connecting communities and moving people…making everyday life better.

Our vision is to be a leading provider of transportation options delivering innovative and high-performing services within a multi-modal network that transforms the social, environmental and economic well-being of the diverse communities we serve.

As an organization we are focused on our strategic priorities to

  • Improve safety and service quality;
  • Exercise financial accountability;
  • Foster employee engagement;
  • Enhance customer experience and
  • Promote community and industry focus

March 1963
Articles of Incorporation for Long Beach Public Transportation Company are approved and the Board of Directors conducts its first meeting.

May 1963–1977
William (Bill) Farrell becomes first general manager of the Long Beach Public Transportation Company.

1963
The first bus procured by Long Beach Public Transportation Company was the Dreamliner model bus.

May 1974
Grand opening of new Long Beach Transit offices and maintenance department at 1300 Gardenia Avenue.

1975
Dial-A-Lift begins services for customers with disabilities who are unable to use the LBT fixed-route bus system.

1977–1980
Gerald (Jerry) Haugh served as the second general manager of Long Beach Transit.

1980–2013
Lawrence (Larry) Jackson hired as the third general manager of Long Beach Transit. He would lead the company for the next 33 years.

August 1982
Long Beach Transit Mall is dedicated.

Mid 1990s
Instituted downtown shuttle service called the Runabout, and later the Pine Avenue Link.

September 1998
A second operating facility is opened in North Long Beach, giving LBT an opportunity to expand its fleet.

1998
AquaBus service begins with two 40-foot boats skippered by Catalina Express boat captains.

2001
The Pine Avenue Link is re-branded The Passport and continues its service of downtown Long Beach venues.

2004–2009
LBT adds 89 gasoline-electric hybrid buses to the fleet introducing production model gasoline-electric hybrid buses into revenue service.

2009
The U-Pass program begins at CSULB. The U-Pass program funded by the university provides complimentary bus service for students, faculty and staff.

2011
AquaLink service begins with a high-speed catamaran that adds express service and a stop at Belmont Pier.

Winter 2013
LBT added 64 new 40-foot Gillig compressed natural gas (CNG) buses to the fleet.

2013
LBT celebrates 50 years of moving the community forward.

August 2013
Kenneth McDonald becomes the fourth President and Chief Executive Officer of Long Beach Transit.

March 2017
LBT adds 10 Battery-Electric Buses to its fleet.

Board of Directors

Long Beach Transit is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors appointed by the Mayor of the City of Long Beach. Each Board Member is confirmed by the Long Beach City Council and serves up to two, four-year terms. Two other non-voting Board Members serve as designees of the Long Beach City Manager.

The Board meets once per month and selects its officers each January.

Sumire Gant

Board Chair

January 2018 – December 2021

2nd Term

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Sumire Gant

Sumire Gant heads her own consulting practice specializing in sustainable transportation planning and public affairs. Acknowledged for her efforts to make Long Beach the Most Bicycle Friendly City in the country, Ms. Gant managed the transportation planning and programs division for the City, securing millions of dollars in grants to plan and construct innovative bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Ms. Gant holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from UCLA and a Bachelor’s of Science from the USC.

Colleen Bentley

Vice Chair

January 2018 – December 2021

2nd Term

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Colleen Bentley

Colleen Bentley worked in the California State University Chancellor's Office for 25 years, where she served as Public Affairs Director and special projects director. Ms. Bentley’s work included working with the Chancellor, Board of Trustees and the 23 campus presidents on media relations, communication issues and video/web projects. Ms. Bentley currently serves on the CSULB Alumni Association Board, the Leadership Long Beach Honorary Board, the Advisory Board for the Long Beach Public Library Foundation, the Community Improvement League Board and the Friends of Belmont Shore Board.

Maricela Renteria de Rivera

Secretary/Treasurer

January 2016 – December 2019

2nd Term

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Maricela Renteria de Rivera

Maricela Renteria de Rivera is the Co-Founder/Director of Long Beach Breastfeeds, and formally worked as a Public Affairs Assistant for the Long Beach Airport. A graduate of Leadership Long Beach, Ms. de Rivera served on the Board of Directors, including the Executive Committee, for three years. Ms. de Rivera currently serves on the Board of Directors for BreastfeedLA.

Adam Carrillo

July 2018 – December 2021

2nd Term

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Adam Carrillo

Adam Carrillo is the Executive Vice President, Strategy, at ETA Agency, a full-service advertising and marketing agency in Downtown Long Beach. Mr. Carrillo is also the current President of the Long Beach Commercial Real Estate Council and an Advisory Board Member for the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at CSULB.

Michael Clemson

February 2017 – December 2020

1st Term

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Michael Clemson

Michael Clemson has a passion for transportation. He is an avid cyclist and Long Beach Transit rider, and he believes that one of the critical things that makes a city great is having diverse transit options, including public and active transportation. In his role as the Energy Program Manager for the California State University Office of the Chancellor, Mr. Clemson works directly to promote energy efficiency and sustainability.

Mary Zendejas

January 2015 – December 2018

1st Term

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Mary Zendejas

Mary Zendejas is the Director and Founder of the DisABLED Professionals Association, the former chair of the Citizens' Advisory Commission on Disabilities, and the Director of Community Relations for Accessible Connections Exchange. A former Ms. Wheelchair California and long-time outspoken advocate for disability rights, who also served on the Mayor's Transition Team. She holds a communications degree from California State University, Long Beach.

Steven Neal

January 1, 2015–December 31, 2018

1st Term

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Steven Neal

A former Councilmember for the 9th District, Steven Neal is the Senior Pastor of LIFE Gospel Ministries. Mr. Neal previously served as a Board member of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board and the Long Beach Freedom Schools program. He currently serves on the Transactions and Use Tax Citizens Advisory Committee.

City Representatives

Lea Eriksen

Assistant Director of Finance

City of Long Beach

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Lea Eriksen

Lea Eriksen is the Director of Technology and Innovation for the City of Long Beach. Ms. Eriksen joined the City in February 2014 and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and project management of the Technology and Innovation department, including developing a staff of 143 employees and managing a $44 million office budget. Before relocating to Long Beach, Ms. Eriksen spent 16 years with the City of Cincinnati, the last seven as the Budget Director. Ms. Eriksen graduated cum laude from Miami University and has an MBA from Xavier University.

Eric Widstrand

City Traffic Engineer

City of Long Beach

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Eric Widstrand

Eric Widstrand is the City Traffic Engineer in the Engineering Bureau of the Department of Public Works for the City of Long Beach. Mr. Widstrand is responsible for planning, organizing and overseeing the overall operation and performance of the Traffic Engineering Division. Mr. Widstrand holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer and Traffic Engineer in California. Mr. Widstrand currently participates in professional organizations including the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.

Executive Leadership

Kenneth A. McDonald

President and CEO

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Kenneth A. McDonald

Kenneth A. McDonald has 30 years of transportation experience in both the public and private sectors. He has overseen transit programs and projects and has had direct responsibility for daily service delivery at two of the largest public transit agencies in the country. He is a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials and serves on several committees of the American Public Transportation Association.

Debra A. Johnson

Deputy CEO

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Debra A. Johnson

Debra A. Johnson has 26 years of public transportation experience in both the private and public sectors. She is an alumna of the 2000 Class of Leadership San Francisco, 2008 Eno Center for Transit Leadership's Executive Development Program and the 2016 Leadership Long Beach Executive Leadership series. Ms. Johnson is a member of the Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), and the California Transit Association’s Executive Committee. She was appointed to a two-year term in June 2014 and re-appointed in 2017 by Former Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx as a representative member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee.

Vincent C. Ewing

General Counsel

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Vincent C. Ewing

Vincent C. Ewing has more than 20 years of public agency legal experience (including 10 years advising agencies on public transportation) having served as General Counsel to the Alameda-Contra Transit District; as City Attorney to the City of East Palo Alto, where he counseled the Dumbarton Express, a regional public transit service; as Assistant City Attorney to the City of Santa Rosa, where he counseled its Transit Division; and as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles, where he served as a prosecutor and civil litigator.

LaVerne David

Executive Director and Vice President Employee and Labor Relations

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LaVerne David

LaVerne David has an extensive career as a transportation industry executive. Ms. David was Owner/President of a transit consulting firm and Vice President of a national transportation company with responsibilities in Administration, Transit Operations and Acquisitions before joining LBT. Ms. David is a Vice President and Executive Board Member for the Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association (OCLERA) and the Transit Labor Exchange (TLE). She is an American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Leadership alumna and serves on the APTA Human Resources and Risk Management Committees.

Lisa Patton

Executive Director and Vice President Finance and Budget

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Lisa Patton

Lisa Patton has more than 26 years of progressive experience in transportation and finance including fiscal contingency planning, financial forecasting, treasury management, capital planning and budgeting. Her experience includes leadership roles within private companies and public agencies. Ms. Patton has the distinction of having provided executive financial leadership to LBT through the recession without laying off a single employee.

Patrick Pham

Executive Director and Vice President Information Technology

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Patrick Pham

Patrick Pham has more than 30 years of Information Technology experience, including over 20 years in senior management. He is certified in Microsoft, Cisco, ITIL and Oracle. Mr. Pham has been with Long Beach Transit (LBT) for 17 years.

Tony B. Cohen

Executive Director and Vice President Maintenance and Infrastructure

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Tony B. Cohen

Tony B. Cohen has more than 30 years of experience in Fleet and Facility Maintenance and Infrastructure. He is experienced in Budgeting, Human Resource Management, Preventive Maintenance Program Design, Implementation, Scheduling and Monitoring for high-volume fleets.

Lee Burner

Executive Director and Vice President Transit Service Delivery and Planning

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Lee Burner

Lee Burner is a career transportation professional with more than 28 years of transit experience in both public and private transportation sectors. His extensive background includes management and independent consultant services to transit organizations, both nationally and internationally. Mr. Burner’s experience includes bus transportation, light rail, paratransit operations, contract development, strategic planning and organizational financial stability.

Transparency

LBT is committed not only to connecting communities and moving people, we also operate with integrity. As a public agency, we are transparent and exercise financial accountability. Our board meetings are open to the public and our financial information is posted online.

The Long Beach Transit Board of Directors meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month at 12pm in the Long Beach City Council Chamber (333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802).

To view copies of agenda and minutes please visit the Board Meeting Agenda page hosted by the City of Long Beach

For archived board meeting agendas please select below

2018 Board Meeting Schedule
Monday, January 22, 2018
Monday, February 26, 2018
Monday, March 26, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Monday, June 25, 2018
Monday, July 23, 2018
Monday, August 27, 2018
Monday, September 24, 2018
Monday, October 22, 2018
Monday, December 10, 2018

Financial Information

The Board of Directors adopts an annual budget in May. You can find the latest budget here

2019 Fiscal Budget