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Metro’s Dodger Stadium Express Service from Union Station and Harbor Gateway Transit Center to the Ballpark Starts March 26

Friday March 22, 2019

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is set to provide free Dodger Stadium Express bus service from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and the South Bay Harbor Gateway Transit Center for the 2019 baseball season. Service begins with the exhibition game between the Dodgers and Angels on Tuesday, March 26, and for the regular season opener on Thursday, March 28, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Fifty percent of the cost of the Dodger Stadium Express is being provided under 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 for projects that result in emission reductions from cars and trucks. Metro is providing the remaining funding from its operations budget.   

“The fastest way to ruin a fantastic day at Dodger Stadium watching the players hit it out of the park is sitting in post-game traffic,” said L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Sheila Kuehl. “The Dodger Stadium Express is a fun and stress-free way to avoid the pre- and post-game traffic.”

Fans with a ticket to the game can ride the Dodger Stadium Express for free. Service from Union Station begins 90 minutes prior to the start of the games and runs until 45 minutes after the end of games. Service from the Harbor Gateway Transit Center begins two hours prior to the start of the games and ends 45 minutes after games are over.

The Dodger Stadium Express from Union Station will pick up Dodger fans every 10 minutes in front of Union Station near the Taxi stop located near the Imperial Western Beer Company. Service will continue to Dodger Stadium via Sunset Boulevard and Cesar Chavez Avenue. Passengers can use two stops at the ballpark — either behind center field or at the top deck.                                           

From Harbor Gateway Transit Center, 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 location after the game.

“Metro’s Dodger Stadium Express is a game changer for South Bay fans,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “Next time you’re heading the big game, save money and time by taking advantage of this free and convenient shuttle.”  

The Dodger Stadium Express bus service has transported more than two million fans since service began in 2010. During the 2018 season, more than 371,000 fans rode the bus to Dodgers games, including the playoffs.

Dodger Stadium Express service includes a dedicated bus lane on Sunset Boulevard, where game day traffic congestion is the heaviest. Metro has partnered with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) for traffic mitigation support that will help expedite trips to and from games. The Harbor Gateway bus uses the ExpressLanes on the 110 freeway to speed up trips to the stadium.             

The Los Angeles Dodgers are working closely with Metro to ensure a high level of awareness for the Dodger Stadium Express. The Dodger Stadium Express bus service will be provided by Transdev Transportation, Southland Transit and MV Transportation — all firms that are under contract to Metro.

“Metro’s system provides many easy, convenient connections to get people to both Union Station and Harbor Gateway Center where they can enjoy direct and free bus service to Dodger Stadium,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “This is a great example of how our overall system provides transit options to enhance the customer experience.”

Patrons are encouraged to use the many transportation alternatives that serve Union Station to connect them with the Dodger Stadium Express. Metro operates the Metro Gold Line from East Los Angeles to Azusa and the Metro Red/Purple subway lines from Wilshire/Western and North Hollywood to downtown Los Angeles — the subway also connects to the rest of the Metro Rail system, including the Blue Line to Long Beach, the Green Line between Norwalk and Redondo Beach and the Expo Line between downtown L.A. and Santa Monica. The Harbor Gateway Transit Center is served by several Metro bus lines, the Metro Silver Line and Torrance Transit. Union Station is also the regional hub for Metrolink commuter rail and Amtrak.

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

About Metro

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. Created in 1993, Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.3 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines.  The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County.                                                               

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