@metrolosangeles change the name of your Dodger Express. It's bad form to dupe your tourists. Worst public transit experience ever.
— Michael Kennedy (@MichaelIKennedy) April 9, 2014
— Bentoboxx got that vaccine! (@bentoboxx) April 9, 2014
— Mark Nakata (@mrnonel) April 9, 2014
— Smitty (@jailteeth) April 9, 2014
— Richard (Rick) Neill (@rantg1) April 9, 2014
As the above tweets show, the Dodger Stadium Express had a rough outing for Tuesday night’s game. A few trips before the game exceeded 75 minutes between Union Station and the ballpark.
The game, which featured a hoodie sweatshirt giveaway, drew a big crowd for a Tuesday evening with more than 53,000 in attendance according to Major League Baseball. Traffic was bad and there were two problems for the Dodger Stadium Express:
•Even with enforcement from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, many private vehicles used the bus-only lane on Sunset Boulevard — making it difficult for buses to reach the stadium in a timely manner. Even though a few citations were issued to those illegally using the lane, Metro will be working with the city of Los Angeles to improve signage and keep cars out of the bus lane. One possible solution may be to use pylons to mark off the lane.
•The other problem occurred at the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station. Crowds arrived early to take the bus to the game and ultimately — and unfortunately — two separate lines ended up forming. It was confusing and some people rightly complained. To avoid similar problems, Metro staff will be at the transit plaza two hours before game time to ensure that there is one, well-organized line for those waiting to board buses.
Please keep in mind that he Dodgers are expected to keep pulling big crowds throughout the season. Metro appreciates everyone’s patronage and the agency will try to make the bus shuttle faster and easier to use, as it has frequently been in recent seasons.
For more information on taking the Dodger Stadium Express, please click here. The bus service is free to those holding a game ticket.