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From a Metro.net press release:
Metro will open the new El Monte Station for bus operations beginning Sunday, October 14. The Temporary Bus Terminal will be used until operations begin on that date, and will then be converted to an additional parking lot for the station.
El Monte Station designed to increase daily bus passenger capacity by 82 percent from 22,000 daily riders to 40,000 daily riders. The new El Monte Station, under construction since September 2010, is now completed and ready for passenger service, opening to the public on Sunday Oct. 14.
The new bus facility is the largest bus station west of Chicago. The El Monte Station is twice the size of the old facility, which opened in 1973, and now is equipped with a variety of modern amenities including variable message signs, intercoms, closed circuit television, solar panels, wayfinding equipment and information displays, new elevators and escalators, a transit store, bike stations and lockers.
The new El Monte Station will be more than double the size of the old station, and includes a two-level bus terminal that will accommodate bus lines from Metro, Foothill Transit, Greyhound and, for the first time, the City of Rosemead.
The station will feature a new transit store, where Metro and Foothill Transit fare media can be purchased, a store to purchase transponders for the upcoming Metro ExpressLanes pilot projecton the I-110 and I-10 freeways, a new Metro Bike Hub and a large public plaza. A sculpture by renowned artist Donald Lipski is incorporated in the new El Monte Station as part of Metro’s public art program. “Time Piece” features three functional clocks suspended from a sweeping stainless steel arch using a web of thin stainless steel cables.
Silver 2 Silver Service
Metro and Foothill Transit have teamed up to offer a convenient combined service to all Silver Line and Silver Streak riders between the El Monte Station and Downtown LA.
Beginning October 14, Foothill Transit 31-Day Passes and Metro 30-Day, 7-Day or Day Passes will be accepted on either Metro or Foothill buses, and riders paying cash will pay the same fare no matter which bus they take. Passengers can just board the first bus to arrive - Silver Line or Silver Streak - show their fare media from either Metro or Foothill Transit on either line, and be on their way.
Metro Bike Hub
Opening later this year, El Monte Station will feature a brand new secure bicycle parking room to better serve multi-modal travelers. The Metro Bike Hub will open with parking for 60 bikes, a bike repair stand and bike pump, as well as controlled access and 24-hour security cameras. Users will need to register and pay a small fee to access the area – similar to Metro’s bicycle locker program. Located in the south building near the station entrance, the new Metro Bike Hub is expected to open toward the end of the year and is the first of several similar facilities planned.