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Big Turnout for First Night of Shuttle Between USC and L.A. Live

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, November 06, 2009, at 03:26PM
USC - L.A. Live Shuttle Kickoff Eric Richardson [Flickr]

USC's Song girls perform in front of a double-decker bus brought in for the kickoff of the new shuttle service.

Maybe it was the free pizza, the promise of free movies or the chance to see Pete Carroll, but nearly 1,000 USC students made their way to Figueroa street on Thursday night for the kickoff of shuttle service between the campus and L.A. Live.

USC football coach Pete Carroll, men's basketball coach Kevin O'Neill and women's coach Michael Cooper joined the Laker girls, Song girls and the USC band for the festivities.

Perhaps no one was more excited about the new offering than O'Neill, who lives just across the street from L.A. Live. He said he may just use the new route, which picks up right next door to his offices in the Galen Center, to get back and forth between home and the office.

London-style double-decker buses were brought in for the kickoff, but future nights will be run using USC Transportation's bus fleet.

The service will pick up at The Lab (3500 Figueroa) and 901 Bar (Figueroa and 28th) at USC and next to the Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live. Buses run every half hour between 6pm and 2am on Friday, 2pm to 2am on Saturdays and 4pm to 10pm on Sundays.

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