The Silver Line, the new transit service that runs on dedicated busways along the I-10 and I-110 between the El Monte Station and the Artesia Transit Center, opened just 11 months ago.
Now plans are underway to build a new station for the Silver Line at the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. The new station will complete a transit center troika for the Silver Line, providing connections to Metro bus and rail service, as well as to Metrolink commuter rail service and Amtrak at Union Station.
This makes the Silver Line the only transit service that allows for transfers to all five Metro Rail lines — the Red, Purple and Gold lines at Union Station, the Blue Line at 7th/Metro Center and the Green Line at the Harbor Freeway. The rail lines, in turn, provide service to communities such as Long Beach, North Hollywood, East Los Angeles, Pasadena and Redondo Beach, to name a few.
The new station is one of the key components of the ExpressLanes project, which also includes the new two-level $45-million El Monte Station expansion now under construction and improvements to the Artesia Transit Center. ExpressLanes is a pilot project undertaken by Metro, Caltrans and and other agencies to convert existing carpool lanes on parts of the 10 and 110 into toll lanes for some motorists to try to reduce traffic congestion.
The cost of construction for the Union Station Silver Line station is about $15 million. If bids go out in January as scheduled, construction could begin in early 2011. It will take approximately 18 months from the start of construction to complete.