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Metro Planning New Busway Stop to Unify Connections at Union Station

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, September 18, 2009, at 10:08AM
Proposed Union Station Connection for El Monte Busway Metro

A rendering of the proposed new busway station connected to Union Station's Patsaouras Plaza.

A project to replace the rudimentary station that currently serves as the Downtown end of the El Monte Busway moved through a Metro committee this week and now heads to the full Board for approval.

The new station would be connected to Union Station's Patsaouras Plaza transit center and serve as the Union Station stop for planned Silver Line busway service.

Plans show a new station located between the transit center loop and the 101 freeway. The existing busway bridge would be enlarged to support a new station platform with benches, lighting and shelters. Passengers would connect to other buses and Union Station via an enclosed walkway that would go under the busway.

Currently, busway patrons board and alight at Alameda and must walk 1/4 of a mile into Union Station to make other connections.

Metro hopes to see the project completed by the end of 2010.

The project is one of several to be funded by the Los Angeles Regional Congestion Reduction Demonstration Initiative, which will bring toll pricing to the carpool lanes on the 110 freeway.

Later this year, Metro plans to consolidate service on the Harbor Transitway and the El Monte Busway into the "Silver Line" (Line 910). Buses would travel through Downtown on surface streets between the two dedicated right-of-ways.

The station design contract now goes to Metro's full Board of Directors for approval. That vote will take place on Thursday, September 24.

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