Cerritos on Wheels
Updated August 21, 2012
For more information, please call (562) 928-4COW or (562) 916-1202
COW: Your Convenient and Reliable Local Transportation Service
The City of Cerritos provides the community with the Cerritos on Wheels (COW) public transportation system. You can ride the COW to such popular destinations as parks, schools, retail centers and Cerritos Library.
The History of the COW
Cerritos on Wheels (COW) buses have roamed Cerritos since 1993. A contest was held to name the new transit service and the community chose the name COW, a moniker which harkens back to the City's early days as Dairy Valley.
Why the COW?
COW buses are comfortable and air-conditioned. The COW is also equipped with wheelchair lifts, tie-downs and folding seats to accommodate most wheelchair configurations. In addition, all COW buses are equipped with bicycle racks, for easy travel to out-of-the-way destinations.
Riding the COW also benefits the environment as COW buses run on clean-burning fuel. COW riders help reduce air pollution and traffic by keeping their cars off the road.
How to Catch the COW
Look for the COW signs which indicate more than 110 locations to catch the buses. Signs with "Route 1" and "Route 2" identify which direction the COW buses will travel. Also look for these route numbers on the bus destination signs.
COW Hours of Operation
6 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
The COW does not operate on major holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Fifty cents ($.50) per trip
Monthly Bus Pass—Regular Rate
Monthly bus passes for the Cerritos on Wheels (COW) transit service are available for purchase for $20. Each pass entitles holders to an unlimited number of rides for the month purchased.
Monthly Bus Passes—Discounted Rate
Passengers may also purchase three (3) passes for $30, which is a 50% discount rate when purchased at once. Each pass entitles holders to an unlimited number of rides for the month purchased. Free bus pass holders will be given to all discounted rate purchasers.
Note: In order to process your request on-line, please enter the three months to be purchased in the Required Information section.
Bus passes can be purchased:
- In-person at City Hall
- On-line using a credit card (MasterCard or Visa)
Bus passes purchased on-line will be mailed on the next available business day.
For more information, please call (562) 928-4COW or (562) 916-1202.
COW Information and Lost and Found Items
COW Info Line
(562) 928-4COW or (562) 928-4269 during COW operating hours
Please report comments or complaints to:
Cerritos City Hall
Monday through Friday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
City of Cerritos Public Transit Programs
COW service is paid for with local Proposition A and C funds, which are earmarked specifically for transit programs. The COW is the second tier of the City of Cerritos' public transit program. The Cerritos Dial-A-Ride service is the first tier.
Dial-A-Ride is available to seniors and disabled people who are unable to ride the COW. The COW also connects with several regional transit providers that offer trips in wheelchair-friendly buses. For those seniors and disabled people who cannot ride the COW, Dial-A-Ride service can be scheduled by calling (562) 402-RIDE or (866) 402-RIDE (toll free).
Regional Transit Connections
Ride the COW to make convenient connections with Long Beach Transit, OCTA, Norwalk Transit or Metro buses. You can connect with other transit systems at Los Cerritos Center and many other places along the route. For information about public transportation in Los Angeles County, call Metro's transit information line at (800) COMMUTE or (800) 266-6883. Metro's website offers a Metro Trip Planner at metro.net.
Additional Transit System Information
Cerritos on Wheels (COW)
Fare is $.50 per trip
Hours: Weekdays 6 a.m. - 8 p.m., Weekends 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Access Services, Inc. (LA County)
For people with hearing and communication disabilities: (800) 827-1359
Long Beach Transit
(714) 636 RIDE
Riding public transit can be a little intimidating if you aren't well prepared. The following tips will help you get a great start in taking advantage of the transit opportunities in the Cerritos area:
- Determine your point of departure and your destination.
- Call the appropriate transit agency or access its web site for schedules and fares.
- Wait at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
- Carry exact change for fares; most operators do not give change.
- When you enter the bus, ask the driver to confirm that the bus is going toward your destination.
- Insert your fare into the fare machine.
- When you want to stop, use the device on the bus (such as a button or a cord); if unsure, ask the driver.
- Some Metro, OCTA and Long Beach Transit buses are equipped with bicycle racks; contact the operator for details.
- Have fun!