Silver Streak
Foothill Transit NABI 60-BRT articulated bus.jpg
Overview
OperatorFoothill Transit
VehicleNew Flyer Xcelsior XN60
Began serviceMarch 18, 2007; 15 years ago (2007-03-18)
Route
Route typeBus rapid transit
LocaleSan Gabriel Valley, California USA
StartMontclair Transcenter
EndDowntown Los Angeles
Length38 mi (61 km)
Stations17
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Silver Streak is a bus rapid transit route between Montclair and Los Angeles operated by Foothill Transit. Between the Montclair TransCenter and the El Monte Bus Station buses travel on the San Bernardino Freeway and between El Monte and Downtown Los Angeles they utilize the El Monte Busway. The service was introduced in 2007 in response to overcrowding on Foothill Transit route 480.

LA Metro’s J Line service, which also uses the El Monte Busway, was introduced in 2009 and since 2012 both agencies have offered a reciprocal fare program allowing pass holders to ride either route between Downtown Los Angeles and El Monte.

History

The express Silver Streak was introduced in 2007 in response to overcrowding on Line 480, Foothill's most popular line. The new service used higher-capacity vehicles and eliminated the many deviations and minor stops on Line 480. It was designed to appeal to discretionary riders.[1] The route is also referred to as Line 707.[2] Silver Streak was introduced with onboard Wi-Fi on the NABI articulated buses.

With the introduction of the Silver Streak, the 'Local Plus Service' on Lines 482, 486, 488, 492, and 494 was converted to local service only, and terminated at El Monte Bus Station; with Line 480 terminating at Westfield West Covina. Passengers were then asked to transfer to Silver Streak, 481 or Metro service to continue to Downtown Los Angeles.

On-board Wi-Fi was discontinued in 2009 due to low usage and to cut costs. Ridership of the Silver Streak fell since the introduction of the Metro J (Silver) Line in 2009.

In October 2012 the rebuilt and expanded El Monte Bus Station opened, and a joint fare program was introduced on the Silver Streak/Metro J Line. This allows the same ticket to be used on either service between the bus station and Downtown LA.

The Silver Streak uses a dedicated fleet of New Flyer Xcelsior XN60 buses, which are 60 feet (18 m) in length, articulated and fueled with compressed natural gas, which produces less emissions than diesel fueled engines.

Fares

Metro and Foothill Transit passengers can now ride either the Metro J Line or Foothill's Silver Streak using each other's pass between Downtown Los Angeles and El Monte Station. The program is not eligible outside this range. The joint agreement range of the Silver 2 Silver bus program is only between El Monte Station and Downtown Los Angeles. The one-way fare is $2.75 for trips of any length, in contrast to the regular Foothill fare of $1.25. A discounted fare of $1.15 for seniors, the disabled, and Medicare card holders applies.

List of stops, from East to West

Station Major Connections Stop type
Montclair Transcenter
Transit center
Pomona Transcenter
Transit center
Azusa Av Foothill Transit: 280, 480 Freeway ramp stop
Vincent Av & Lakes Dr Foothill Transit: 480, 488 Street stop
Westfield West Covina (West Covina Pkwy & California Av) Foothill Transit: 178, 185, 272, 480, 488 Transit center
West Covina Pkwy & Toluca Av Foothill Transit: 178 Street stop
Puente Av Foothill Transit: 272, 274 Freeway ramp stop
El Monte Station
  • J Line 
  • Park and ride: 1,287 spaces
Transit center
Cal State LA Busway station
LA County+USC Medical Center J Line  Busway station
Patsaouras Transit Plaza (Union Station)
Busway station
Arcadia St & Los Angeles St J Line  Street stop
Spring St & 1st St J Line  Street stop
Broadway & 1st St B Line D Line J Line  (at Civic Center) Street stop
Grand Av/Olive St & 2nd St Street stop
Grand Av/Olive St & 5th St B Line D Line J Line  (at Pershing Square) Street stop
Grand Av/Olive St & 7th St A Line B Line D Line E Line J Line  (at 7th St/Metro Center) Street stop
Grand Av/Olive St & 9th St Street stop
LA Convention Center (Flower St & Pico Bl) A Line E Line J Line  (at Pico) Street stop

References