In a post yesterday I wrote that the bus shuttle from the U2 show at the Rose Bowl on Sunday night was a very mixed bag. Getting to the concert was fine; waiting in the ridiculously disorganized line in fenced corrals to travel from the Rose Bowl to Pasadena City College had a refugee camp feel to it. (I’ve heard no complaints from readers about Metro’s late night rail service — if you’ve got a gripe email me at firstname.lastname@example.org).
And the journey took more than 90 minutes. I happen to like the Rose Bowl and think it’s a shame that an NFL team isn’t playing there. But it often felt Sunday night that the stadium had never hosted a big event before. I had to wait 30 minutes just to go through the stadium tunnel to my seats because stadium staff couldn’t move people along.
Source reader Christopher MacKechnie agreed with me. In an email he wrote:
Personally, I found the whole shuttle system at the U2 concert very
poorly planned. At Pasadena College Lot 4 I found the attendants
unhelpful and surly. I found the parking and shuttle cost outrageous –
I am paying more money to go through a refugee-like gauntlet line for an
hour before I go home? The PCC line had spaces for 6 buses (I think)
there simultaneously. Assuming every bus is there for 2 minutes, and
the round trip running time from the Rose Bowl to the PCC is 40 minutes,
I estimate 240 buses should have been provided on the PCC shuttle line after
the game to carry a total of 180 buses per hour * 60 passengers per bus =
10,800 passengers per hour, which I believe to be the most efficient bus situation
possible given the setup at the Rose Bowl. But not only did they not have nearly that
many buses, but they also didn’t load them as fully as they could. My friend and I
are exceedingly unlikely to go see another concert at the Rose Bowl given this
situation, but if we were we would pay the $60 for preferred parking.
It’s unfortunate Metro couldn’t have gotten involved with the bus
situation as well, since they not only have the equipment but also have
a lot of expertise in bus operations. I am considering writing a letter
to the editor of the times and/or contacting members of the Pasadena
City Council voicing my extreme opposition to any more events of this
size at the Rose Bowl. I’m not sure how it was allowed to be built in
such a non-accessible area, but it clearly logistically cannot handle
events of the size it was designed to hold.