Take Free Express to Dodger Games

Metro will provide Dodger Express bus service to weekend World Series Games for those with tickets

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | LA Metro will be offering free service to Dodger Stadium games

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will provide Dodger Stadium Express bus service for the World Series against the Boston Red Sox beginning this Friday for Games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary) at Dodger Stadium.

Baseball fans are encouraged to take Metro to the game to beat traffic during rush-hour games. “The boys in blue are back in the World Series and we want baseball fans to be enjoying the game from their seats at the ballpark instead of sitting in silent misery in traffic and missing the excitement,” said Metro Board Chair and L.A. County Supervisor Shelia Kuehl. “The Dodger Stadium Express is a quick and convenient way to get to the ballpark without having to deal with gridlock and parking hassles.”

Fans are encouraged to arrive early with large crowds expected, especially near game time. The Dodger Stadium Express is free for those with game tickets. Regular Metro fares apply on all other connecting bus and rail services.

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Service from Union Station will be provided starting three hours prior to the start of the games and ending 45 minutes after the close of the games. Service from the Harbor Gateway Transit Center will be provided beginning two hours prior to the start of the games and ending 45 minutes after the game is over.

The Dodger Stadium Express from Union Station will pick up Dodger fans every 10 minutes in front of Union Station. Service will continue to Dodger Stadium via Sunset Boulevard and Cesar Chavez Avenue. Passengers will be dropped off and picked up at one of two stops, either behind center field at Dodger Stadium or adjacent to the Top Deck.

From Harbor Gateway Transit Center, baseball fans can board buses located at Bay 9, with buses running every 20 minutes. Fans will be dropped off behind right field at Dodger Stadium. Buses back to Harbor Gateway Transit Center will pick up patrons at the same stop after the game.

“The Dodgers have led baseball in attendance for the past six seasons and Dodger Stadium is one of our region’s top destinations,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “The Dodger Stadium Express connects the ballpark to our growing transit system and has proven to be a very popular alternative to driving to games.”

Dodger Stadium Express service includes a dedicated bus lane on Sunset Boulevard, where game day traffic congestion is the heaviest.

“Dodger fans can avoid the frustrations of traffic and the high expense for parking while doing their part to clean LA’s air,” said Larry McCallon, MSRC Chair. “We are thrilled to partner with Metro and the Dodgers to ensure fans can focus on rooting for the home team while taking thousands of cars off our roadways. Go Dodgers.”

The service to all home games throughout the season is paid for by a grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). The MSRC awards funding within the South Coast Air Basin from a portion of the state vehicle registration fee set aside for mobile source projects that result in emission reductions from cars and trucks. Funding for the Harbor Gateway Transit Center service is provided by Metro.

For specific route and schedule information visit www.metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876).

In addition, Metro has released its annual baseball playoffs video in which a bus maintenance employee soils a pair of literal red socks while cleaning a bus. The video is a continuation of a public transit MLB playoffs tradition that began three years ago. Thanks to successful Dodgers playoff runs in recent years, Metro has previously gained notoriety for light-hearted ribbing with the CTA (Chicago), NYCMTA, BART (San Francisco) and MCTA (Milwaukee).

It’s all meant to be in good fun, of course. The videos and related content are produced to draw attention to the Dodger Stadium Express bus service that takes baseball fans from nearby downtown Union Station in Los Angeles to Dodger Stadium and back.