Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dodger Stadium Express Shuttle Returns

Dodger Stadium Express will return for fourth season

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers and Metro will once again offer Dodger Stadium Express bus service from Union Station to Dodger Stadium this season through a grant approved by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). Service will begin on April 3 before the Dodgers’ exhibition game against the Angels and continue throughout the season.

For the third consecutive year, a grant of $300,000 was awarded to Metro by the MSRC in support of clean fuel transit service to link Union Station to Dodger Stadium. Funding under the grant will be used to offset the cost of fares on the Dodger Stadium Express bus service for passengers possessing a Dodgers ticket. Dodger game tickets will be honored as fare payment to ride the bus service and those without a ticket will pay the regular one-way fare of $1.50.

Last year, the Dodger Stadium Express bus service transported more than 116,000 fans with 68 percent of those riders using public transportation from their place of origin to get to Union Station to take advantage of the special bus service to the games.

The Dodger Stadium Express will pick up fans at the Patsaouras Bus Plaza adjacent to the east portal of Union Station and continue to Dodger Stadium via Sunset Blvd. and Cesar Chavez Avenue. Passengers will be dropped off and picked up in Dodger Stadium’s parking lot G in center field. Service will start 90 minutes prior to the beginning of the games and will end 45 minutes after the end of the game. Shuttles will run every 10 minutes before the game and run approximately every 30 minutes after the game starts.

Metro will deploy state-of-the-art 40-foot clean burning compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, as MSRC funding is awarded within the South Coast Air Basin from a portion of the vehicle registration fee set aside for mobile source projects that result in emission reductions. The Dodger Stadium Express bus service will be provided by Veolia Transportation under contract to Metro.

Patrons are encouraged to use the many transportation alternatives that serve Union Station and will connect them to the Dodger Stadium Express. For specific route and schedule information visit www.metro.net. More information about the Dodger Stadium Express can also be found at www.dodgers.com/express.

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This is a nice alternative to get to the stadium. I believe parking was raised to $20.


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