Your playbook for taking Metro to USC football

Tomorrow is a big — no make that huge — day for the Expo Line. The University of Southern California is opening its football season at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum as the number one ranked team in the country and the game against Hawaii is the first chance for Expo to take people to the game and avoid the usual traffic quagmire. (News release and video here).

Below you will find a very good guide put together showing how to take Metro trains and/or buses to reach the Coliseum from different parts of Los Angeles County (pdf here).

There is free or paid parking at a number of Metro Rail stations. Here's the link to parking info for each line. In addition, there are numerous public and private parking lots and garages near Metro Rail in Culver City (Expo Line), Hollywood (Red Line), Old Town Pasadena (Gold Line), Long Beach (Blue Line) and downtown Los Angeles (Red, Purple, Blue and Expo lines). There is also public parking at Union Station for $6 a day.

For those concerned that transit could put a crimp in their ability to tailgate, here's an idea: grab some food to go, arrive early and stake out a picnic spot in Exposition Park or on USC's campus. There's no eating or drinking on Metro trains or buses — it's the best way to keep them clean — but you can bring food in a bag.

Finally, give yourself a few extra minutes and load enough money to cover the cost of your fare on your way to the game; it will make leaving the game easier. It's obviously a big game for the Trojans for a whole lot of reasons and a huge crowd is expected. There will be significantly more trains running than usual, but there could still be lines, particularly after the game when everyone tries to head home at once. Metro will do its best to get everyone home safely and quickly.

Go Metro Guide to USC Football


3 replies

  1. The Memorial Park Gold Line station is one block away from the Parsons lot in Pasadena where the Rose Bowl shuttles pick up/drop off…will Metro be promoting this as a way to get to UCLA games?

    • Hi Evan;

      Metro has promoted the Gold Line as a way to get to the Rose Bowl in the past and will continue to do so in the future. The big push for USC is because the Expo Line is brand new and it has two stations that are both a block from the Coliseum. So this is a good chance to give people an alternative to sitting in traffic in the Expo Park area.

      I hope the public perception is not that we’re favoring one school over another. If so, I’ll try to do my best to remind Source readers that the Gold Line is a good option for Rose Bowl games.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source
      M.A. Geography, UCLA 2000

  2. This will be a good test for the TVM conversion to TAP. Hopefully people don’t get lost while purchasing tickets.