Silver Streak (bus)

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Silver Streak (bus)
Foothill Transit NABI 60-BRT articulated bus.jpg
Overview
Operator Foothill Transit
Began service March 18, 2007
Route
Locale San Gabriel Valley
Start Montclair Transcenter
End Olympic/Grand (Downtown LA)
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Route map

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 was introduced in October 2012.

History[edit]

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 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 onboad wi-fi on the NABI articulated buses.

With the introduction of the Silver Streak, Local Plus service on Lines 482, 486, 488, 492, and 494 were 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 Silver Streak, 481 or Metro service to get to Downtown Los Angeles.

On-board wi-fi was discontinue 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 the rebuilt and expanded El Monte Bus Station opened in October 2012 and a joint fare program was introduced on the Silver Streak/Silver Line allowing the same ticket to be used on either service between the bus station and Downtown LA.

Fares[edit]

Metro and Foothill transit passengers can now ride either the Metro Silver Line or Foothill's Silver Streak using each other fare'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 $2.50 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[edit]

Station Connections Stop type
Montclair TransCenter Riverside Transit Agency CommuterLink 204,
Omnitrans 65, 66, 67, 68, 80
Foothill Transit Local bus 187, 197, 480, 492
Express 690
Commuter Express 699
Metrolink San Bernardino Line
Transit Center
Pomona TransCenter Omnitrans 61,
Foothill Transit 195, 197, 286, 291, 292, 480, 482, 852, 855
Metrolink Riverside Line, Amtrak
Transit Center
San Bernardino Fwy. & Azusa Ave. Foothill Transit 280, 480 Freeway Ramp Stop
Vincent Ave. & Lakes Dr. Foothill Transit 480 Street Stop
Westfield West Covina Foothill Transit 178, 185, 272, 480, 488 Transit Center
West Covina Pkwy. & Toluca Ave. Foothill Transit 178 Street Stop
San Bernardino Fwy. & Puente Ave. Foothill Transit 272, 274 Freeway Ramp Stop
El Monte Bus Station El Monte Busway (Connections listed here)
Silver Line
Transit Center
California State University, Los Angeles El Monte Busway (Connections listed here)
Silver Line
Transitway Station (Weekdays Only)
Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center El Monte Busway (Connections listed here)
Silver Line
Transitway Station (Weekdays Only)
El Monte Busway/Alameda (Union Station) El Monte Busway
Red Line  Purple Line  Gold Line  Silver Line
Metro Rapid: 704, 728, 733, 745, 770
Amtrak  Metrolink
Freeway Ramp Stop
Arcadia St. & Los Angeles St. Street Stop
Spring St. & 1st St. Street Stop
Broadway & 1st St. (Civic Center) Red Line, Purple Line & Silver Line
Metro Rapid: 728, 745, 770
Street Stop
Grand Ave./Olive St. & 2nd St. Street Stop
Grand Ave./Olive St. & 5th St. (Pershing Square) Red Line, Purple Line & Silver Line
Metro Rapid: 720, 728, 745, 770
Angels Flight
Street Stop
Grand Ave./Olive St. & 7th St. (7th St/Metro Center) Red Line, Purple Line, Blue Line, Expo Line & Silver Line
Metro Rapid: 720, 760, 770
Street Stop
Grand Ave./Olive St. & Olympic Blvd. Metro Rapid: 728 Street Stop

Fleet[edit]

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.[3] Each 60-foot NABI articulated bus has a "Spirit of..." label on each side of the bus. The labels represent a city, community, or large area that Foothill Transit serves. 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..."
F1600 Arcadia
F1601 San Dimas
F1602 Avocado Heights
F1603 Azusa
F1604 Baldwin Park
F1605 Bassett
F1606 Bradbury
F1607 Charter Oak
F1608 City of Industry
F1609 Claremont
F1610 Covina
F1611 Diamond Bar
F1612 Duarte
F1613 El Monte
F1614 Glendora
F1615 Hacienda Heights
F1616 Irwindale
F1617 La Puente
F1618 La Verne
F1619 Los Angeles County
F1620 Monrovia
F1621 Pomona
F1622 Pomona Valley
F1623 Rowland Heights
F1624 San Gabriel Valley
F1625 South El Monte
F1626 Temple City
F1627 Valinda
F1628 Walnut
F1629 West Covina

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