LA Metro El Monte Transit Center

El Monte, California

This facility provides an elegant, creative, and sustainable architectural element that will serve as a transit anchor for transit oriented development.


Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Project Size

350,000 sf

Building Performance

Pursuing LEED-NC Gold


ENR California Best of California Merit Award

AIA Los Angeles Next LA Citation Award

Professional Services

Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Master Planning
Urban Design/Planning

A day in the life of the El Monte Station

RNL was the Design Architect and Metro’s Owner’s Representative who oversaw the Design-Build team for the El Monte Transit Center; a 350,000 s.f., two level bus transit center serving Metro Express and Local service, Foothill Transit, Greyhound, El Monte Transit, Metrolink Shuttle and Rosemead Explorer. The project consists of 29 bus berths, 17 on the lower level serving local buses and 12 on the upper level serving express buses. There are also 20 additional layover bays designated for the various transit agencies serving the station. The passenger zones are accessed through a grand entry that is framed by the iconic canopy and two elegant single-story buildings on either side of the entry plaza. The buildings house transit supportive retail space, one of which will be a Bike Station. The second building is a dedicated transit store with office and support space for Metro, Foothill Transit, and Greyhound fare media sales and customer service.

The angled walls of the entry buildings and fabric canopy set the tone of the design, which is carried throughout the details of the paving, platform canopies, building materials and passenger amenities. The project is registered to achieve LEED-NC Gold certification and incorporates numerous innovations including reduced heat gain in paving and buildings, all LED lighting, increased ventilation, daylight strategies, and use of low-water-use native landscaping.

Project Facts
  • 29Bus Bays
  • 20Layover Bays
  • 2222,000 Passengers Per Day Use The El Monte Station
  • 1First Bike Hub for LA Metro
The project required a massive amount of collaboration and creativity in order to satisfy the numerous stakeholders. This would not have been possible without the hard work and leadership of RNL.
Tim Lindholm LA Metro Executive Officer, Capital Projects

Meet the team

LA Metro El Monte Transit Center


Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi

Pat McKelvey is Senior Principal, Los Angeles Office Studio Lead and MENA Region Director. In addition to producing award-winning design work in 20 countries, over the course of his 30 years with RNL, Pat has been instrumental in setting up successful offices for RNL in Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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LA Metro El Monte Transit Center

von Luhrte

Senior Principal
Emeritus Board Member

In service to community and profession, Richard L. von Luhrte has made our communities better places to live, work and visit. You would be hard-pressed to find someone more passionate about placemaking or more committed to advancing the craft of Architecture, and we are proud to have him as a Senior Principal and Emeritus Board Member at RNL.

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LA Metro El Monte Transit Center


Project Manager/Architect

Early in life, Will Todd expressed to his parents that he wanted to be an Architect, and he never lost sight of that goal. Now with nearly a decade of experience in the industry, Will is responsible for managing some of RNL’s most complex projects.

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