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Dodgers season begins as does the Stadium Express bus from Union Station

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, April 02, 2013, at 12:10PM
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The Dodgers began their season on Monday with a win against the S.F. Giants. Fans can get to the stadium for free on a shuttle that departs from Union Station.

The air is filled with the smell of peanuts and $10 beers, meaning only one thing: It's baseball season — and the L.A. Dodgers kicked off their first homestand with a win against perpetual rival the San Francisco Giants.

But with this wonderful time of year comes streets jam-packed with traffic and expensive game day parking. To help alleviate congestion, Metro is once again offering a free bus from Union Station to Dodger Stadium. Downtowners as well as commuters can pick up the Dodger Stadium Express at the Patsaouras Transit Plaza and will be dropped off at the ballpark behind Centerfield.

The Source reports that shuttle service begins 90 minutes before game time and continues through the 3rd inning -- leaving every 10 minutes within that time period. After that, buses will run every 30 minutes throughout the game, stopping service 45 minutes after the game ends.

Metro encourages baseball fans to get to the shuttle early because buses can be packed near gametime. Each year approximately 115,000 passengers use this express bus to get to Dodger Stadium.

Ticketholders can ride the bus for free but all others must pay the standard $1.50 metro ticket price. In addition to side-stepping steep parking fees, Metro says that by riding the shuttle you're helping bring cleaner air to the city. The express bus is funded by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC), which gives millions of dollars to transit companies and private businesses to encourage a variety of clean air projects.

When you arrive in Elysian Park you will come face to face with a much different ballpark. KPCC reports that major renovations include a new Wi-Fi network, expanded restrooms, more concession stands and best of all... more soft-serve ice cream.

"We’ve tried to think of every one of our fans," said Dodgers President Stan Kasten. "We’re trying to reach out and keep Dodger Stadium looking and feeling like it’s always felt, but have it work in a more of 21st century way."

Dodgers continue their series against the Giants tonight at 7:10 p.m.


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