Metro Celebrates New El Monte Bike Hub, First of Several
Metro celebrated the opening of the agency’s first bike hub this morning in El Monte. The hub is located at the El Monte Transit Center, a very quick 15-minute, 12-mile Metro Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit trip from downtown Los Angeles.
The hub combines secure bike parking with a small bike shop staffed weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The indoor space holds up to 56 bikes. Securing a bike there requires pre-registration and costs $60 for a whole year, $12 for 30 days, or $5 for a week. The facility is operated by BikeHub. See their website for lots more details.
Metro Board Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas, Board First Vice Chair John Fasana, and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Wiggins were on hand to speak to the press, celebrate, and cut ribbon and cake. In his remarks, Fasana called for expanding Metro bike share to this location, though that’s likely to take some time.
Metro plans to open additional bike hubs at Metro rail stations in North Hollywood, Hollywood, Culver City, and Union Station in the next couple years. See future hub details at The Source.
For a long time, the El Monte Transit Center (now apparently officially “El Monte Station”) has historically been a somewhat neglected stepchild among Metro facilities. The site anchors the east end of the 10 Freeway busway (now ExpressLanes), so it is well served by actually-rapid transit, but it suffers from some of the car-orientation that clusters around freeways. Sometimes it felt like a transit hub tacked on to a bus yard, surrounded by surface parking lots and parking structures, up against a freeway, tucked along an industrial area. With a recent full-scale renovation and expansion, plus today’s bike hub, expanded Silver Line and Silver Streak service, a refurbished connection with the Rio Hondo bike path, and an initial phase of mixed-use transit-oriented housing appearing complete, the El Monte Station is looking pretty good. It’s not Times Square, but its infrastructure and appearance are more becoming of the key roles it plays for San Gabriel Valley bus riders.
Photos of this morning’s opening follow below.