Go Metro to UCLA-USC football!

USC vs. UCLA Football 2012

As usual, a big crowd is expected for Saturday’s annual crosstown rivalry game between UCLA and USC at the Los Angles Memorial Coliseum.

If you don’t feel like driving and getting stuck in traffic and paying a small ransom for parking, the Expo Line and Silver Line are both a short stroll to the stadium. All the details are here and some basic tips are below.

Here’s a map that shows how easy-peasy it is to take the train followed by the Metro Rail map:

The Metro Rail map. Click to see larger version.

And a few game day tips:

Riding Metro Rail

1. Pay Before You Board

  • TAP Pro Tip: Save time and skip the line! Load your TAP card with $3.50 in stored value before the game and avoid long lines at TAP vending machines after the game;
  • Round Trip – $3.50 (  includes transfers to other Metro lines for up to 2 hours to complete a one-way trip);
  • Day Pass – $7;
  • Fares must be loaded onto TAP cards; buy them at TAP vending machines or from Metro event staff, or you can buy or reload a TAP card; and

2. Tap Your Card on the Turnstile or Validator When Boarding or Transferring

  • Use one TAP card per person only
  • TAP cards cannot be shared; each person must have their own TAP card 

3. Choose the Nearest Station

  • Coliseum: Take the Metro Expo Line and exit at either Expo Park/USC Station or Expo/Vermont Station
  • Rose Bowl: Take the Metro Gold Line, exit at Memorial Park Station and walk four blocks west on Holly Street to board the Rose Bowl Shuttle at the Parsons Lot

4. Expo Line runs approximately every 6 minutes before and after games

5. Gold Line runs approximately every 12 minutes before and after games

Riding Metro Silver Line

1. Pay When You Board

  • Round Trip – $5 ( includes transfers to other Metro lines for up to 2 hours to complete a one-way trip)
  • Day Pass – $7, loaded onto a TAP card
  • Fares must be loaded onto TAP cards; buy them at TAP vending machines or from Metro event staff

2. Use 37th St/USC Station

  • Elevated station is on the I-110 Harbor Fwy ExpressLanes at 37th St-Exposition Blvd, approximately two blocks north of the Coliseum
  • Service runs approximately every 20 minutes during the day and every 30-40 minutes in the evening
  • Extra service will be added in both directions before and after each game

While on Board

1. Small coolers and picnic baskets are okay to bring on board, but please keep aisles clear
2. Eating or drinking while in stations or on board Metro buses and trains is not permitted
3. Please do not bring barbeque grills, flammable products or oversized items on board





5 replies

  1. More extra service for USC fans at the expense of the general transit public. Does USC pay anything for this extra service?

    • I disagree that it’s at the expense of the general public. None of the local sports teams pay for service. But one reason to have a mass transit rail system is to be able to provide service to big events and to help give some of the people attending an option other than traffic. That benefits everyone, I think. I also am aware that if we didn’t provide service to the games, we’d have a lot of people complaining about that.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. I was on the 110 Freeway South on Saturday and was very angry when I saw that the fastrack lanes were open to Manchester after the end of the USC/UCLA football game at the Coliseum. I often travel the 110 on weekends and traffic in the general purpose lanes are worse than during weekday rush hour while no one is in the fastrack lanes. If the lanes can be open to everyone for a “football” game, then why aren’t they open every Saturday and Sunday for the benefit of everyone? Why is the benefit granted to USC?

  3. 6 minute headways on Expo on USC game days? Extra service on the Silver Line? Who pays for the additional service? You? Me? or USC? Seriously, I want to know! Are we giving them extra service for free, at taxpayer (and transit user) expense? Remember, this is the same USC that is cutting back on transit subsidies for their staff so that they can justify building more parking structures.

    Also, there’s no free parking at the La Brea Expo Station, so please fix that in your text. There is parking at Crenshaw, but I’m not sure that’s open on weekends. (Church, you know.)

  4. Too bad the best deal in downtown LA program got less good with the increase in parking fee to $8 at the Union Station parking garage.