About Us

Facts and Figures

LBT provides public transportation to more than 23 million annual boarding customers in southeastern Los Angeles County and northwestern Orange County. With a service area covering over 100 square miles across 14 cities, LBT annually runs more than 6.9 million service miles over 700,000 service hours, using 250 fixed-route buses. LBT also operates water taxi and demand-responsive paratransit services.

StatValue
FY 2020 Customer Boardings 23.8 million
FY 2020 Vehicle Miles Traveled 7.7 million
Number of Routes 39
FY 2022 Operating Budget $114.09 million
FY 2022 Capital Budget $71.88 million
Fleet250 vehicles

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

Organizational Focus

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

History

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 December.

Michael Clemson

Michael Clemson

Chair

January 2021 – December 2024

Second 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.

David Sutton

David Sutton

Vice Chair

January 2019 – December 2022

First Term

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David Sutton

David Sutton is a District 4 resident and he is the Executive Officer Finance-TAP of LA Metro. In his current role he directs the largest Smart Card regional fare collection system in the U.S. serving 26 transit agencies and oversees a diverse department of 81 contract and non-contract staff, including TAP Customer Service. David received his Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts, Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.

Colleen Bentley

Colleen Bentley

Secretary/Treasurer

January 2020 – December 2023

Second 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.

Sumire Gant

Sumire Gant

January 2018 – December 2021

Second 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.

Abigail Mejia

Abigail Mejia

February 2021 – December 2024

First Term

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Abigail Mejia

Abigail is a resident of Council District 1 and currently serves as District Director to California State Senator Lena Gonzalez. She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and has been an active member and advocate for the Long Beach community for many years. Abigail is currently President of the Democratic Women’s Study Club of Long Beach, and serves as Women’s Committee Chair for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union (IAM). Additionally, she is a Board Member of the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition and serves on several other community boards in the city.

Jeffrey Price

Jeffrey Price

January 2019 – December 2022

First Term

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Jeffrey Price

Jeff Price is a CD 7 resident, and a Partner/Shareholder with Morrison, LaRossa, Price & lturrioz, APC Attorneys at Law. He is an active member of the California State PTA Board of Directors, the California Lawyers Association and the Executive Committee on Workers’ Compensation. Jeff is a California State University, Long Beach and Whittier Law School Alumni.

City Representatives

Lea Eriksen

Lea Eriksen

Director of Technology and Innovation/CIO

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.

Executive Leadership

Kenneth A. McDonald

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.

Vacant

Vacant

Deputy CEO

Vincent C. Ewing

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.

Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth Brown

Executive Director/VP, Organizational Development and Administration

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Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth Brown has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources management. Ms. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Human Resource Management from University of Alabama. Her experience includes serving as Human Resources Director with Marianne Frostig Center of Educational Therapy and Vice President of Human Resources with American Botanical Pharmacy. Ms. Brown comes to LBT directly from Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, where she worked as the Human Resources Director developing and administering human resources projects, programs, and activities; as well as leading organizational design and facilitating development of staff diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Lee Burner

Lee Burner

Executive Director/VP, 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.

Mike Gold

Mike Gold

Executive Director/VP, Customer Relations and Communications

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Mike Gold

Mike Gold is a communications professional with over 20 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors. He is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Long Beach and a Coro Executive Fellow. Gold built successful outreach, community relations and communications campaigns in Long Beach and throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Gold directs LBT’s customer and community facing programs, including community relations, customer service, marketing, media relations and social media. His team also oversees all agency branding and internal communications.

Lisa Patton

Lisa Patton

Executive Director/VP, 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

Patrick Pham

Executive Director/VP, 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.

James Scott

James Scott

Executive Director/VP, Maintenance and Infrastructure

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James Scott

James Scott has over 20 years of experience in transportation and logistics management and vehicle maintenance. He prides himself on being an innovative leader with proven organizational, analytical and team-building skills. His experience includes FedEx Ground, Knight Transportation Port Services and Premier Transportation and Warehousing, Inc. Mr. Scott comes to LBT directly from M S International, Inc., where he worked as the Fleet/Transportation Director managing and directing a private fleet of 175 delivery trucks and 400 non-delivery vehicles across 30 locations.

Transparency

NOTE: Long Beach Transit (LBT) Board of Directors meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at noon via video conference (with the exception of November). Video conference (Zoom) information may be found on LBT’s Board meeting packets.

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 Thursday of the month at noon in the Long Beach City Civic Chambers (411 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802).

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

2021 Board Meeting Schedule

Please note that pursuant to Executive Order N-08-21 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, LBT Board Meetings will be via video conference until further notice.

Each agenda below will have meeting access and agenda information.

Thursday, January 28, 2021Online

Thursday February 4, 2021 – Board of Directors Study Session

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Thursday, October 28, 2021

We apologize! Due to a Zoom challenge, the 10/28 meeting will be held on 11/2 at 11 a.m. The agenda remains the same. To join via Zoom, please click here on 11/2 at 11 a.m.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Public Participation

If you plan on submitting a public comment, please read the following instructions carefully.

Public comments on agenda items may be submitted by email to board@lbtransit.com or telephone at 562.599.8554.

All public comment requests need to be submitted no later than 8 a.m. on the day of the meeting.

If calling, please leave a voicemail with your name (please state it clearly), your telephone number for a return call, and the item number you would like to comment on (or specify “public comment”).

If emailing, please include your name, your telephone number for a return call, and the item number you would like to comment on (or specify “public comment”).

Please note that each public comment is limited to three minutes.

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

Fiscal Year 2021 Adopted Budget

Fiscal Year 2020 Adopted Budget

Fiscal Year 2019 Adopted Budget

We are also pleased to post the Executive Summary from our 2018 STAR Initiative.

If you need assistance planning your trip, you can contact our Customer Care team at 562.591.2301, Monday–Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can get in-person help at the Transit & Visitor Information Center in downtown Long Beach, Monday –Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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