Silver Streak (bus)
|Vehicle||North American Bus Industries 60-foot articulated bus|
|Began service||March 18, 2007|
|Locale||San Gabriel Valley, California USA|
|End||Olympic/Grand (Downtown LA)|
|Length||38 mi (61 km)|
The Silver Streak is a bus rapid transit system operating between Montclair and Los Angeles by Foothill Transit which travels from the Montclair TransCenter via the San Bernardino Freeway to El Monte Bus Station and from there using the El Monte Busway into Downtown Los Angeles.
The service was introduced in 2007 in response to over-crowding on the Foothill's 480 service. Introduction of the competing Silver Line service was delayed until December 2009 due to an objection by Foothill Transit. A joint-fare program was introduced with the Silver Line between the El Monte Bus Station and downtown LA in October 2012.
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. The route is also referred to as Line 707. 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 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/Silver Line. This allowed the same ticket to be used on either service between the bus station and Downtown LA.
Metro and Foothill Transit passengers can now ride either the Metro Silver 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. Fares were free from the start of service until April 1, 2007.
List of stops, from East to West
|Station||Major Connections||Stop type|
|Montclair TransCenter||Transit Center|
|Pomona TransCenter||Transit Center|
|Vincent Ave. & Lakes Dr.||
|Westfield West Covina||
|West Covina Pkwy. & Toluca Ave.||
|El Monte Station||Transit Center|
|Cal State LA||
|LA County+USC Medical Center||
|El Monte Busway/Alameda (Union Station)||
||Freeway Ramp Stop|
|Arcadia St. & Los Angeles St.||Street Stop|
|Spring St. & 1st St.||Street Stop|
|Broadway & 1st St. (Civic Center)||
|Grand Ave./Olive St. & 2nd St.||Street Stop|
|Grand Ave./Olive St. & 5th St. (Pershing Square)||
|Grand Ave./Olive St. & 7th St. (7th St/Metro Center)||
|Grand Ave./Olive St. & Olympic Blvd.||
60-foot NABI articulated buses are used on this route, like the ones used on the Metro Orange Line, some Metro Local, and some Metro Rapid routes. Each 60-foot NABI articulated bus has a "Spirit of..." label on both sides. The labels represent a city, community, or large area served by that route. 42-foot NABI BRT buses (F1700-F1724) are used during late night and early morning hours and on weekends, with 40-foot NABI buses (F1500-1509) used when the NABI BRT buses are not available.
|Bus Number||"Spirit of..."|
|F1608||City of Industry|
|F1619||Los Angeles County|
|F1624||San Gabriel Valley|
|F1625||South El Monte|