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AEG Touts Transit for L.A. Live Events

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at 07:35PM
Farmers Field Gensler / AEG

Rendering of pedestrians on Chick Hearn Way between Staples Center and Farmers Field.

Taking the train to an event at Staples Center or L.A. Live may seem like a foreign concept to the stereotypical Angeleno, but the reality is that many attendees do arrive via the Blue Line and other transit lines.

That number could go up thanks to a partnership announced today by complex owner AEG and Metrolink.

The two say they will work together to create a regional transportation plan for the complex, offering incentives such as ticket plans that bundle Metrolink rides and offer discounts to those arriving via transit.

While Tuesday's release says that such plans will be offered for events like July's X Games and L.A. Kings games, but is also clearly aimed at diffusing traffic arguments against Farmers Field, AEG's proposed NFL stadium and events center. The company will be among those at City Hall on Thursday to push City Council for approval of the stadium plan.

AEG has continually touted L.A. Live's transit-accessibility as one of the main reasons the site makes sense for the Farmers Field project. "No site in the region, we believe, is better connected to transit than ours," executive Ted Tanner told a meeting of the mayor's blue ribbon stadium committee earlier this year.

The company has committed to participating in expansion of the Blue Line's Pico / Chick Hearn station, and has been a major supporter of the L.A. Streetcar project.

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