For the fifth year, baseball fans will have the option of taking a shuttle bus from Union Station to games at Dodger Stadium, beginning with today’s exhibition game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The Dodger Stadium Express bus, now featuring radios on board, is free for people with game-day tickets. It will start running 90 minutes before the first pitch and continue for 45 minutes after games, according to Metro and the Dodgers.
“This clearly is a win for the Dodgers and their fans, a win for the environment and a home run for the region,” said Diane Dubois, Metro’s board chair. “Think of all those cars that didn’t go to Dodger Stadium because people took buses instead.”
More than 186,000 fans took the Dodger Stadium Express last year, setting a record, according to the Dodgers. In 2012, Dodger Stadium Express service logged nearly 136,000 riders.
The fares of ticket-holding fans are covered under a two-year, $1.1 million Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee grant.
The newly installed radios will enable fans to hear Dodger baseball broadcasts when traveling to and from the stadium, according to Metro.
The shuttle will have two drop-off points – one behind left/center field and at the upper parking deck near Lot P, as part of an effort to speed up service, Metro officials said.
Those without a ticket can pay a one-way fare of $1.50 to catch a ride.
When the Dodgers play the Angels Thursday and Friday, fans will be able to take Metrolink Train 609 or 689 on the Orange County Line. A special train will depart Union Station an hour after the end of the game. The service also will be available when the teams play back-to-back games, starting Aug. 4.
The Dodgers regular-season home opener is April 4 against the San Francisco Giants.