LOS ANGELES — On January 8, Metro, which operates bus, subway and light rail lines throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area, announced that the “Stadium Express” will shuttle hockey fans between Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles (see map below) and Dodger Stadium for the Stadium Series game featuring the Anaheim Ducks facing off against the Los Angeles Kings on January 25, 2014 (6:30 PM face-off).
General parking at Dodger Stadium for the Stadium Series game costs—hold onto your hats—$20.00, and goes as high as $50.00 for passenger cars. At those exorbitant prices, why pay for fuel, parking and fight traffic when you can take public transportation that is, in many ways, more convenient?
The Stadium Express starts at 5:00 PM, and departs from Bus Bay 3 of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza (east side of Union Station, facing Vignes Street) from Bus Bay 3 every 10-15 minutes, and runs through the middle of the second period.
Passengers will be dropped off behind center field.
Post-game service from Dodger Stadium, which will pick-up behind center field, runs until 45 minutes after the game.
Metro Rail Gold, Red and Purple Line riders, along with Metrolink and Amtrak patrons, can make direct connections to the Stadium Express at Union Station. Riders of other bus lines, along with the Metro Rail Blue and Expo Lines, can transfer to an eastbound Red or Purple Line train at 7th Street/Metro Center station to reach Union Station.
Fans with tickets for the Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium ride free on the Stadium Express. Otherwise, regular Metro fares ($1.50 each way, or passes) apply.
Metro has confirmed that valid Metro passes (7-day, 30-day, and Day Passes), along with the EZ Transit Pass, will be accepted as fare payment.
ATTENTION MEDIA: although the fact that the return service ending 45 minutes after the game would likely preclude members of the media from riding the Stadium Express after the game, Metro has confirmed that media credentials for the Stadium Series game will be honored as fare payment.
For more information on riding Metro buses and Metro Rail trains (separate from Metrolink trains), along with fare/pass information, and schedules, check out their web site at http://www.metro.net. You may find the Metro Trip Planner useful, especially if you want to leave the car at home. The Trip Planner knows about all the municipal bus lines in the area, and can tell you exactly what buses and/or trains to take to get to and from Union Station, even if where you are coming from is served by a smaller, municipal bus line. It will give you exact departure time and fare information as well.
For information on Metrolink service for the Stadium Series game, check out their web site at http://www.metrolinktrains.com.
The original version of this story specified that parking rates at Dodger Stadium for the Stadium Series game start at $25.00. That was based on the web site for the parking information linked in this story, which has changed since this story was originally published.
Patsaouras Transit Plaza At Los Angeles Union Station via Google Maps
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