The Boys in Blue are back, and so is the Dodger Stadium Express

Metro Dodgers night.

There’s always next year is here already! The Dodgers begin their season with two exhibition games against the Angels this Thursday and Friday and the Dodger Stadium Express will be running for both games — and every home game thereafter.

Here’s what you need to know about taking the Dodger Stadium Express:

From Union Station:

  • Board near the taxi zone on the Alameda Street side of Union Station.
  • Service leaves Union Station every 10 minutes, starting 90 minutes before game time through the third inning for all home games.
  • You can exit inside Dodger Stadium at one of two stops – behind Center Field and at the Top Deck. Service will pick up at the same stops after the game.
  • Return service runs until 45 minutes after the final out or 20 minutes after a post-game event.

From the South Bay:

  • Board at any of the following stations: Slauson, Manchester, Harbor Freeway, Rosecrans, or Harbor Gateway Transit Center (Bay 9).
  • Buses run every 20 minutes starting two hours before game time, with the last bus leaving Harbor Gateway Transit Center at game time.
  • You’ll be dropped off behind Right Field. Service back to the South Bay will pick up at the same stop after the game.
  • Return service begins after the end of the seventh inning, with the last bus departing 45 minutes after the final out or 20 minutes after a post-game event.

Rides are free to those holding game tickets. Otherwise, regular Metro fares apply on all other connecting bus and rail service.

Here is a map of the Dodger Stadium Express service:

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Union Station is the primary transit hub for the region and is served by the Metro Red/Purple Line subway, the Metro Gold Line, the Silver Line, numerous Metro Bus lines, Amtrak and Metrolink. Please click here for Metro maps and timetables of every rail and bus line. You can also use Trip Planner or Google Transit to find routes and connections. Parking is available at Union Station for $8.

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Harbor Gateway Transit Center is also served by several Metro bus lines, the Metro Silver Line and Torrance Transit. Free parking is available although may be limited if the lot fills.

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Dodger Stadium Express service from Union Station is provided under a grant approved by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). Funding for the Harbor Gateway Transit Center service is being provided by Metro’s ExpressLanes Net Toll Reinvestment Grant Program. For more details, here’s the full press release from Metro.

12 replies

  1. Does the Metro transfer apply to this service? In other words, if you’re planning to buy a ticket at the Stadium and ride the Red Line to Union Station and are within the two-hour limit, can you TAP and not have to pay an additional fee?

  2. How long is the bus ride from Union Station to Dodger Stadium? I’ll be going to one (or two) of the Mets-Dodgers games when I visit LA in May. Thanks.

    • Hi Martin,

      The ride normally takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Buses have a dedicated lane heading to stadium, but unfortunately still have to deal with some traffic inside the stadium parking lots.

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

    • Hi Ron;

      There isn’t the funding available at this time to connect the shuttle to all the different rail lines.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  3. My Sistet & I took the bus from Union station and it was great. Of course we rode it back after the game. Awesome service . Thanks Dodger mamagement.

    • Hi, the info is at the end of the post:

      Dodger Stadium Express service from Union Station is provided under a grant approved by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). Funding for the Harbor Gateway Transit Center service is being provided by Metro’s ExpressLanes Net Toll Reinvestment Grant Program. For more details, here’s the full press release from Metro.

  4. Anna: Thank you, I neglected to read that far.
    “The MSRC awards funding within the South Coast Air Basin from a portion of the vehicle registration fee set aside for mobile source projects that result in emission reductions.” In other words, public funds pay for this service.
    Look, I’m all for public transportation and reducing pollution. But why are Dodger fans worthy of a fare subsidy when transit riders to other destinations aren’t? If the LA Dodgers, or any other private entity, were willing to subsidize the farebox revenue for this service I wouldn’t have a problem, but a service benefiting a single corporation shouldn’t be paid from public funds.

    • Hi Eric;

      I think the answer goes like this: because Dodger Stadium is an extremely popular destination that often attracts heavy traffic and long lines of idling cars. The bus service is an attempt to mitigate that.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source