The Dodgers may have run out of gas in the 2010 baseball season, but the shuttle service that carried fans to Dodger Stadium was a hit.
Los Angeles County Metro operated the Dodger Stadium Express service between LA Union Station and the stadium. it began in late March picking up fans at the Patsaouras Bus Plaza every 10 minutes Rides were free for people with tickets to the game, 1.50 for people without tickets. Metro and the Dodgers worked hard to get the word out, and it worked.
Transit agency officials say nearly 120-thousand fans used the service, and more than 60 percent of those riders had taken public transit to get to Union Station. The buses carried an average of nearly 20,000 passengers a month.
That meant fewer cars and less pollution, and that was the point. Metro paid for the service with a 300,000 dollar grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee.
But Metro officials say that money only covered a one-year demonstration of the service. So the agency is working on ways to keep the shuttles rolling next baseball season and beyond.