Pics of new El Monte Station

The ribbon cutting was held this morning for the new El Monte Station — and it's certainly an impressive building. “Has anyone ever seen a more beautiful bus facility?,” asked Metro CEO Art Leahy.

Riders will get a chance to answer that question on Sunday when the station opens to the public. I'm looking forward to hearing taxpayer reactions!

County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Gloria Molina served as master of ceremonies and offered some brief remarks. “The passenger experience at El Monte Station has been brought into the 21st century,” she said, noting the many amenities — including real-time signage with bus information.

Here are a few photos I took with my now ancient iPhone. Those who believe in photographic integrity should note that I do use filters to make it appear that I know what I'm doing.

First off: here's the temporary bus station.

A Silver Line bus on the station's upper level.

Transit stores and bike racks on the station's upper level.

 

Look -- bike wells on the stairs between the lower and upper level of the station.

A view of the station's big piece of art.

Bus bays on the station's upper level.

Waiting area on the lower level.

Bathrooms!

Another view of the sculpture with the big blue ribbon.

 

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3 replies

  1. I’m interested to see how well the restroom situation will work out. If effective, perhaps other transit stations may be pushed to become equipped with restroom facilities.

  2. In the first picture, it seems that the 45-foot long bus in the background does not belong to Division 9. Is Division 9 added new buses?