The Dodgers have obviously had a tough year both on and off the field. Even with attendance lagging at the ballpark, the Dodger Stadium Express looks to be doing better in its second year.
The stats from Metro, which runs the service:
The bus service between Union Station and Dodger Stadium — it’s free to those holding a game ticket, by the way — is typically carrying 500 to 1,000 people each way for most games.
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Well based on Ave attendance from last year to this year the penetration rate of the shuttle went from 3.4% in 2010 to 3.9% in 2011. So yes a larger (if you can call .5% larger) percentage* of fans are using the shuttle.
*this is based on sold tickets and not gate counts. This year being a higher no-show percentage can also show a larger percentage of people using the shuttle but MLB does not publish gate count numbers.
I would say that a greater percentage of Dodger fans are using the shuttle now. According to the LA Times attendance (butts in the seats) has dropped by 25%, so the numbers actually look good when you compare to the people going… although I wonder who just takes the shuttle to avoid paying for $15 for parking, and just parks at the MTA building for $6 instead (shh).
I would say that is a misleading statement. To really make an apples to apples comparison we need to break down the numbers. For 2010 the period had 55 games for an ave per game usage of 1494. In 2011 there are 60 games in the same period for an ave per game usage of 1420. Each month the number of users per game is higher in 2010 except May where 2011 had a slight increase.
So in light of the poor season attendance you would think the service would be flat or negative, which in my analysis it is.