Metro wins two FTA grants

Good news today for Metro: the agency has been awarded two grants from the Federal Transit Administration:

•$25 million for the purchase of new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. Attentive readers will recall that Metro earlier this year retired its last diesel bus, with the vast majority of Metro buses now powered by CNG, which is far less polluting than diesel.

•$9.6 million was awarded under the FTA’s Livability Grant Initiative for a new station linking the Patsaouras Plaza at Union Station to the Silver Line and El Monte Busway. The lovely rendering above shows what that new station will look like — a big improvement over the existing stop.

 

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  1. It Guy in Irvine: Not if it means airport-like food prices! :P

    I haven’t ridden on the El Monte Busway since I was a Cal State LA student in the early ’90s, but that station rendering looks niiice. Though it looks like an awful lot of walking to transfer from the busway to the transit plaza. If I were an older person, I would probably miss two buses by the time I would have reached the plaza from the busway station. Architects need to better see things from a transit rider’s POV.

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  2. The empty space was originally for more high-rise development or turn-key projects for public agencies. Several high-rise buildings were part of the entire Union Station vision as it would put many workers at the heart of public transit instead of far away from it.

    I’ve never liked the proposed busway Pat Plaza access solution that now seems certain. It is a very LONG and TIME-CONSUMING walk that even for the youngest will mean missing a few transfers.

    I commute fair amount Union Station to El Monte Busway, and the my biggest peeve is the TIME it takes to get from the Metrolink platforms to the bus stop at Alemeda when we are all in a hurry in the morning and afternoon rush. This proposed new platform seems nearly just a LONG a walk as the current mess.

    Infrastructure should have been built to bring El Monte Busway buses directly INTO the now UNDER utilized Pat Plaza. This would make transfers much faster and attractive. I thought that was what the Pat Plaza bus island was supposed to be used for. But, I’ll take what I can get.

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