Two El Monte Busway stations to close temporarily for maintenance beginning Saturday



Two stations on the El Monte Busway, Cal State L.A. and LAC+USC Medical Center Station, will experience month-long closures due to partial or complete stairway replacement work this winter. Affected bus lines include: Metro Silver Line, Metro Lines 485, 487 and 489 and Foothill Transit Silver Steak and Lines 493, 497, 498, 499, and 699. Metro will provide free shuttle bus service between Cal State L.A. and LAC+USC Medical Center during both closures. Shuttles will follow the same hours as the Metro Silver Line each day, and will run every 12 minutes during peak hours and every 15 minutes during off peak times.

•Cal State L.A. Busway Station will close Saturday, December 13, until Sunday, January 4. From Dec. 13 through Jan. 4, customers going to Cal State L.A. should disembark from the bus at LAC+USC Medical Center Busway Station and walk one block to Pomeroy Avenue between Brittania and Kingston Avenues to catch the free shuttle to Cal State L.A. and back.

•LAC+USC Medical Center Busway Station will close Monday, January 5, and reopen Thursday, February 5. Between Jan. 5 and Feb. 4, passengers going to the medical center should get off at Cal State LA Station and walk one block to the Cal State LA bus terminal on Circle Drive to connect with the free Silver Line Shuttle connecting passengers to LAC+USC Medical Center and back. Shuttle trips should take between 8 to 13 minutes depending on traffic, which means some customers may need to factor an extra 20 to 30 minutes of travel time into their usual commute.

During the Cal State L.A. Busway closure, Metrolink service will continue uninterrupted and serve as an alternative means of transportation with the the train platform at Cal State L.A. open. The Metrolink platform is adjacent to the El Monte Busway.

Cal State L.A. is served by Metrolink’s San Bernardino Line, which runs between Los Angeles Union Station and San Bernardino with other stations in Rialto, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Montclair, Claremont, Pomona North, Covina, Baldwin Park and El Monte. Please click here for schedules. And please click here for Metrolink fares, which are calculated based on distance. Current Cal State LA students may be eligible for a 10 percent discount on monthly Metrolink passes — click here for more information.

Metro would like to thank all customers for their patience as work at Cal State L.A. and LAC+USC Medical Center Busway stations is completed. For more information, please call customer relations at 323.GO.Metro, tweet us at @metrolosangeles, or leave a comment here at The Source.

9 replies

  1. Hello,

    So even with the shuttles, one will not be able to reach LA Union Station or El Monte via cal state? How can one reach LA from cal state?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Carlos;

      You can still access Union Station and El Monte Station. But if trying to reach Cal State LA, you will need to exit the bus at USC Medical Center Station and take a shuttle to reach Cal State LA. Hope that helps,

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. Will announcements be made at the stations? How often will the shuttles be running? Will there be representatives at USC busway to direct patrons to shuttles??? None of this seems to have been answered.

    • Hello Aliyah,

      Shuttles will run every 12 minutes during peak hours and every 15 minutes during off peak hours. Bus operators will make announcements and there should be signage posted at the stations. As for the presence of representatives at LAC+USC Med Ctr busway, please allow us time to look into it and get back to you.

      Thank you,


      Writer, The Source

      • This entire time and you still don’t know if Metro representatives will be there to assist? Very unorganized of Metro and everyone involved in this project.

        • Hello again,

          There will be various types of Metro volunteers, as well as Vehicle Operations Supervisors, helping customers at Cal State LA & LAC + USC Medical Center throughout the work.


          Writer, The Source

  3. so, will the elevators be shut off? If so getting to the metrolink platform would be out of the question.

    • Hello,

      Per our operations team, the elevators at Cal State LA Station will be working for Metrolink customers to access the transit center above.

      Thank you,


      Writer, The Source