Go Metro to UCLA-USC football!

USC vs. UCLA Football 2012

A huge crowd is expected for Saturday afternoon’s annual crosstown rivalry game between UCLA and host USC at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The winner takes the PAC-12 South Division title and will advance to play Stanford for the conference championship.

For those wanting to avoid hassles, the Expo Line has two stops that are a short walk from the Coliseum. The Silver Line’s 37th Street Station is also near the Coliseum.

Along the Expo Line, there is free parking available at Culver City Station, La Cienega Station and Crenshaw Station. There are also plenty of paid parking lots near Metro Rail in downtown Los Angeles. Parking at Los Union Station is $8. More information about parking at Metro stations is here.

Some tips:

Riding Metro Rail

  1. Pay Before You Board
  • One-Way Trip – $1.75 (includes transfers to other Metro lines for up to 2 hours to complete a one-way trip)
  • Day Pass – $7
  • Fares are sold on TAP cards; buy them at ticket vending machines or from a Metro representative
  • Tip: Load your TAP card with $3.50 round-trip fare in advance to avoid waiting in line
  1. Tap Your Card on the Farebox When Boarding or Transferring
  • Use one TAP card per person only
  1. Choose the Nearest Station
  • Coliseum east side: Use Expo Park/USC Station
  • Coliseum west side: Use Expo/Vermont Station
  1. Expo Line runs approximately every 6 minutes before and after games

Riding Metro Silver Line

  1. Pay When You Board
  • Cash – $2.50 per one-ride
  • Day Pass – $7, loaded onto a TAP card
  1. Use 37th St/USC Station
  • Elevated station is on the Harbor Fwy at 37th St, approximately two blocks north of the Coliseum
  • Service runs approximately every 20 minutes during the day and every 30-40 minutes in the evening
  • Extra service will be added in both directions before and after each game



3 replies

  1. 6 minute headways on Expo on USC game days? Extra service on the Silver Line? Who pays for the additional service? You? Me? or USC? Seriously, I want to know! Are we giving them extra service for free, at taxpayer (and transit user) expense? Remember, this is the same USC that is cutting back on transit subsidies for their staff so that they can justify building more parking structures.

    Also, there’s no free parking at the La Brea Expo Station, so please fix that in your text. There is parking at Crenshaw, but I’m not sure that’s open on weekends. (Church, you know.)

  2. I was on the 110 Freeway South on Saturday and was very angry when I saw that the fastrack lanes were open to Manchester after the end of the USC/UCLA football game at the Coliseum. I often travel the 110 on weekends and traffic in the general purpose lanes are worse than during weekday rush hour while no one is in the fastrack lanes. If the lanes can be open to everyone for a “football” game, then why aren’t they open every Saturday and Sunday for the benefit of everyone? Why is the benefit granted to USC?