There’s a new and faster way for commuters to travel from the San Pedro waterfront to downtown Los Angeles and onto El Monte.
“Today, we unveil a new and improved Silver Line,” Metropolitan Transportation Authority board chairman and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said during a press conference set against the backdrop of the historic battleship USS Iowa.
“With increased frequency and service now extending all the way into San Pedro, the Silver Line provides a premiere path for Angelenos to access all of the unique destinations in the South Bay and beyond that is easy, convenient and affordable,” he added.
Launched in 2009, the Silver Line has an average of 16,000 boardings daily. Metro has extended its regular route and added express service, which can shorten rush hour commutes by up to 20 minutes. It will serve the following stops and stations before arriving in Downtown LA: San Pedro, Pacific Coast Highway Station, Carson Station, Figueroa/190th, Harbor Gateway Transit Center and Harbor Freeway Station.
The Silver Line Express 950X will make limited stops along the I-110 Freeway between San Pedro and downtown Los Angeles during the weekday morning and evening rush hours, before proceeding to El Monte.
The Silver Line 910 will run the same route daily, but with a few more stops. It will also run during off-peak hours, including evenings and weekends.
“Expanding the Silver Line saves time for commuters, connects people to communities and links workers to jobs,” Los Angeles Mayor and Metro board member Eric Garcetti said. “Frequent service between San Pedro and the heart of downtown means fewer people in cars — getting them to their work, family and fun more quickly, while reducing carbon emissions and easing congestion.”
Fare for both the Silver Line and Silver Line Express will remain the same at $2.50, and includes a free transfer with a TAP card. To celebrate the new service, the Pacific Battleship Center will offer discounted admission to the USS Iowa.
“The Silver Line Express is a great example of how Metro is exploring new ways to make service better for our customers,” Metro CEO Phil Washington said.