Taking them out to the ballgame
Dodger games during 2010 season
Metro will offer Dodger Stadium Express bus service from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to Dodger Stadium beginning April 1 with the Dodgers pre-game series and throughout the regular 2010 baseball season under a grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). A grant of $300,000 awarded to Metro by the MSRC was made in support of clean fuel transit service to link Union Station to Dodger Stadium. The MSRC awards funding 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.
“This is great news for the region and terrific news for Dodgers fans,” said Ara Najarian, Chair of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors. “With the vast network of rail and buses serving Union Station, this just makes perfect sense to provide this link to encourage the use of public transit as an alternative to driving.” The grant funding will be used to offset the cost of fares for passengers possessing a Dodgers ticket. Service will be provided starting 90 minutes prior to the beginning of the games and will end 45 minutes after the end of the game.
“The Dodger Stadium Express is good for the environment, for fans, and for the surrounding neighborhoods,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “Thanks to the MSRC for making it possible for passengers to ride from Union Station to Dodger Stadium for free with the purchase of a Dodgers ticket.” Service will be provided every 10 minutes prior to the start of the game and run approximately every 30 minutes throughout the game. Metro will deploy state-of-the-art 40-foot clean burning compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. Dodgers admission tickets will be honored as fare payment to ride the service. Those without a ticket will pay regular one-way fare of $1.25.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are working closely with Metro to ensure a high level of awareness for this service to Dodger Stadium and plan to continue to promote the service to fans during each game.
Funding for this service is for a one-year demonstration. Metro will evaluate the success of the service and will make recommendations as to how to possibly fund this service in future years. The service will be provided by Southland Transit, Inc. under contract with Metro. Patrons are encouraged to use the many transportation alternatives that serve Union Station that will connect them to the new Dodger Stadium Express. Metro operates the Metro Gold Line from East Los Angeles to Pasadena, the Metro Red/Purple subway lines from Wilshire/Western and North Hollywood to downtown and the Metro Green Line between Norwalk and El Segundo intersects with the Metro Blue Line operating between Long Beach and downtown Los Angeles.
For specific route and schedule information visit www.metro.net or call 1-800-COMMUTE.