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Metro Revving Up to Debut new Silver Line Next Week

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A way overly simple map of the Silver Line | View Silver Line Basic Map in a larger map

Beginning December 13th, the Silver Line will whisk passengers between El Monte and South LA via downtown Los Angeles in under an hour. Despite its catchy name, it's not a subway, a light rail or even a busway like the Orange Line, nor will it be identified by a special paint color or bigger buses. It's the combination of a several canceled bus lines merged into one that will share car pool lanes on the 10 and 110 freeways and various downtown arteries. And although it's part of the "system" that every knows costs a buck twenty-five for one boarding, this line will cost you $2.45.

The Silver Line is phase one of a $210 million federal grant for Metro’s Congestion Reduction Demonstration Project, which will convert carpool lanes on portions of the 10 and 110 freeways leading to downtown into ExpressLanes. Translation: car pool lanes currently used by buses and car poolers will also be accessible by solo drivers for a price starting next year December.

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"A key element to the success of the program is to offer a lot of express bus service along those two corridors," explained Rick Jager, a Metro spokesman, over the phone. He says the idea is to better arrange the current infrastructure with the goal of changing commuter behavior.