Buses, Baseball and Parks: Discussing Transit for Dodger Stadium and Elysian Park
Cars start to file into Dodger Stadium parking lots before a May game last year.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — In discussion before the City council's transportation committee yesterday, it seemed everyone in the room agreed: public transit to Dodger Stadium makes good sense. How exactly that could happen was a subject of a little more discussion.
In December Councilmembers Ed Reyes and Eric Garcetti introduced a motion that would have Metro and DOT take a look at how to alter or create transit service for Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park and the Los Angeles Historic Park (Cornfield). While the Dodger side of that equation is to be encouraged, it's the link into Elysian Park that potentially has the greater long term benefit for Downtown.
Discussing potential Dodger service, representatives from Metro balked at the potential cost and logistics of rerouting service into the stadium and handling the bursts of passenger volume before and after games. DOT reported that it would be glad to talk to the Dodgers and see what the two might be able to work out, but the deficits the department has looming over its existing bus service make it clear that the city couldn't be the one footing the bill.
As usual, Councilman Tom LaBonge delivered the day's best one-liner, quipping that, "I was thinking of trying to put Angels Flight up there and get that back in service, but it has the wrong name."
There was no such discussion of specifics on the connection into Elysian Park, but a representative from Reyes' office made clear that he considered the two parks just as important.
Elysian Park is the city's
second third largest park (nice correction by Noah in the comments), but receives much less attention than its larger sibling, Griffith. The park has the potential to be a great get-away, just minutes away for those moving Downtown. For it to become a spot that Downtowners frequent, though, there must be more options for access.
The motion, which the transportation committee passed, asks Metro and DOT to report back on ideas for service. Hopefully those routes include more than just options for the stadium.