Metro and Local Elected Officials Dedicate new State-of-the-Art El Monte Bus Station
El Monte, CA – On Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Metro will join local elected officials to dedicate the new state-of-the-art El Monte Station designed to increase daily bus passenger capacity by 82 percent from 22,000 daily riders to 40,000 daily riders. The new El Monte Station, under construction since September 2010, is now completed and ready for passenger service, opening to the public on Sunday Oct. 14. The new bus facility is the largest bus station west of Chicago. The El Monte Station is twice the size of the old facility, which opened in 1973, and now is equipped with a variety of modern amenities including variable message signs, intercoms, closed circuit television, solar panels, wayfinding equipment and information displays, new elevators and escalators, a transit store, bike stations and lockers. The $60 million project is part of Metro’s ExpressLanes program and will provide more travel opportunities by improving bus connections and adding more bus service along the ExpressLanes. It was built as part of a $210 million federal grant.
The ceremoney will take place at 11:00 AM at the El Monte station located at 3449 Santa Anita Avenue in El Monte.Those in attendance will include LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina, Assemblyman Mike Eng, and El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero.
Elected officials will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony noting completion of construction. Media tours of new facility available. The new bus facility features an underground bus terminal well as an above ground bus terminal, a first of its kind in LA County.