Metro to add frequency, late-night service, shuttle buses from C, K lines to stadium
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is “cruising, can’t stop, won’t stop movin” Taylor Swift fans to her concerts at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Aug. 3 – 5 and 7 – 9. In response to fans asking, “Can I Go With You,” Metro will add service and extend service hours to accommodate the more than 60,000 fans expected to attend each concert. Swifties attending concerts in cities across the country have relied on public transportation in large numbers and L.A. Metro is ready to join the fun.
Fans can leave their “White Horse” at home because Metro will provide shuttle bus services to connect Metro rail lines C and K to SoFi Stadium, add bus service on Line 117 for people staying at LAX area hotels, and expand Metro rail with greater frequency and longer service time on all lines.
Swifties “need to calm down” because they can take the C Line from Redondo Beach or Norwalk or park at the Hawthorne/Lennox station and board a shuttle to SoFi Stadium at Hawthorne/Lennox beginning at 3:30 p.m. Additional trains will run on the K Line to accommodate more E Line riders coming from Santa Monica or downtown LA/East LA, and those who park at the Expo/Crenshaw station. After each event, Metro will provide shuttle bus services back to both the C and K Lines with the last shuttle bus departing 90 minutes after the concert ends.
Those who miss a train should just “Shake it Off” because all Metro rail lines will operate at 15-minute intervals or better, saving riders time over the usual 20 minutes between trains. And fans shouldn’t worry, when it’s time to “Call It A Day” Swifties will have extra time to get home because the last trains on the rail network will depart downtown Los Angeles at the 7th/Metro Center station at approximately 2 a.m. on concert nights. This will ensure connections can be made to the A Line (Azusa to Long Beach), B Line (to North Hollywood), D Line (to Wilshire/Western), and E Line (to Santa Monica or East Los Angeles).
Those looking for a place to park their “Getaway Car” will find Metro has parking available at stations throughout the system and many parking spots at stations on the C and E Lines. Parking rates vary by station and range from free to $30 depending upon location and proximity to the event venue. More information on parking can be found at Metro.net.
For the “Masterminds” who want to plan ahead, Metro strongly encourages everyone to purchase the $3.50 roundtrip fare and load TAP cards in advance of travel to save time on concert day. Fares can be loaded onto digital wallets through the TAP LA app (iOS or Android). Fares can also be purchased at station TAP Vending Machines. And students who are part of the GoPass pilot program will be able to use their passes to get to SoFi.
No need for anyone to feel like “You’re On Your Own, Kid.” Metro staff will be at key stations to help new riders purchase tickets and navigate the rail system and shuttle buses including Los Angeles Union Station, the Norwalk and Hawthorne/Lennox stations on the C Line; the Expo/Crenshaw and Downtown Inglewood stations on the K Line; and the Expo/Crenshaw station on the E Line.
Metro has been “dreaming of the day when you wake up and find” that Metro has been here the whole time and is making it easier to get to events downtown and throughout Los Angeles. The connectivity provided by three new stations at Little Tokyo/Arts District, Historic Broadway, and Grand Av/Arts District, as well as the existing 7th St/Metro Center and Pico stations, have improved connectivity on the newly configured A and E lines. The special service for select events, such as the Taylor Swift concerts, is showing Angelenos and visitors how accessible their favorite events, restaurants and concerts are by taking Metro.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is building the most ambitious transportation infrastructure program in the United States and is working to greatly improve mobility through its Vision 2028 Plan. Metro is the lead transportation planning and funding agency for L.A. County and carries nearly 900,000 boardings daily on a fleet of 2,200 low-emission buses and six rail lines.