Go Metro to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band!

Photo by Lord_Henry, via Flickr creative commons.

In a perfect world, I’d be writing that you could take a downbound Expo Line train the Thursday and Friday night Bruce Springsteen shows at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

As fate would have it — pretty much sealed the day I got a ticket to the Friday night show —  the Expo Line doesn’t begin running until Saturday. Nonetheless, there is transit available to the Sports Arena for those who need a ride to get to the show and have other arrangements to get home (i.e. taxi, mooching ride from friend, etc.).

From downtown L.A., the 81 bus can be caught on Hill Street or Figueroa — it eventually runs down Figueroa to the Exposition Park area. Likewise, the Metro Silver Line has numerous stops in downtown L.A. and stops at the 37th Street Station on the Harbor Transitway — it’s about a 15-minute walk from there to the Sports Arena. Until 6:30 p.m., the city of Los Angeles’ DASH F line also runs southbound on Flower and Figueroa to the corner of MLK Boulevard and Figueroa, a short walk from the Sports Arena.

I really don’t have much to add to the small canon of literature on Springsteen, who has been issuing albums for 40 years now and is touring to support his latest — and it’s a good one — “Wrecking Ball.” I will say the 16 Springsteen shows I’ve attended have by far been the 16 best concerts I’ve ever seen. Much of his music explores the vast differences between what America is and what it could be and as powerful as the music is recorded, it’s even better live.

After the jump is a video of Springsteen performing one of my favorites.

5 replies

  1. Typical Metro. You can take the 81 or the Silver Line to get TO the show but getting HOME will be a major problem since the 81 line runs north every hour beginning at 8:50 p.m. but stops at 10:50 p.m. and the Silver Line stops running at 9:45 p.m. I doubt that (counting the walk time) either will work for this event.

  2. The difference between daytime and evening service on major Metro bus lines is greater than on any other transit system in North America. If a route is on the the “15-minute map” then in should operate every 15 minutes until Owl service begins. No brainer.

  3. @Phantom Commuter

    And the funding to that in this vast city such as LA would require higher fares, higher taxes, or service cuts since Metro is not a for profit enterprise.

    Alternatives exists.

  4. To Phantom Commuter: Like what for this particular trip (besides driving)? Certainly nothing that appears on Metro’s Trip Planner.

  5. The Phantom was pointing out the “15 Minute Map” routes, which include the 81 and Silver Line, should operate every 15 minutes all evening until Owl service begins. The 204 operates every 30 min. 24/7 on Vermont, which is closer to the Sports Arena than the Expo Line.