The Silver Line debuted on this day in 2009, running seven days a week between the El Monte Station in the San Gabriel Valley, downtown Los Angeles and the Artesia Transit Center in the South Bay. (See the map after the jump).
The bus makes that trip in under an hour, thanks in part to using the carpool lanes on the 10 and 110 freeways. Before the Silver Line came along, bus service along the 10 and 110 freeways was on separate lines — the Silver Line tied it all together, complete with stops throughout downtown L.A.
How has the Silver Line performed? Pretty well. On an average weekday in November, there were 10,648 boardings on the line, a 42 percent increase over Nov. 2010. Average weekend boardings in November totaled 5,858, a 55 percent increase over a year earlier.
There have also been some significant upgrades. In June, additional service was added to the 110 portion of the Silver Line and in July, a new fleet of buses was dedicated for Silver Line use. New bus wraps were installed on the entire fleet of 28 buses in October.
The Silver Line is the only Metro bus line that connects to all of Metro’s Rail Lines — transfers to the Gold, Red and Purple Line can be made at Union Station and transfers to the Red, Purple and Blue Lines at 7th/Metro Center in downtown. The Green Line can be accessed at the Harbor Freeway Green Line station.
In addition, there are numerous transfers available to other bus lines. The Silver Line will also be a critical part of Metro’s ExpressLanes project, a one-year experiment that is converting the carpool lanes on 10 and 110 freeway to toll lanes. Carpoolers currently using the lanes for free will continue to do so, while other motorists will have access to them in exchange for a toll.
Some of that money will help fund transit. There will also be two carpool lanes in each direction on the 10 between the rebuilt El Monte Station and downtown L.A. — a major upgrade that should help boost the flow of traffic.
The regular fare for the Silver Line is $2.45. Here’s a link to the timetable and map. What do you think of the service? What, if any, improvements need to be made?