Metro is hoping USC football fans will ditch their cars for the new Expo Line.
Thousands of USC football fans will pack the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Saturday to cheer on the top-ranked Trojans, who're taking on the Hawaii Warriors in the sold-out season opener.
LA County Metro officials are hoping many spectators will exercise an option they didn’t have last football season — take the Expo Line light rail.
It's the first time in more than half a century that light rail service will carry passengers to a Trojan gridiron match-up at the coliseum. Passengers can ride to one of two stations near USC and walk to the Coliseum.
This week the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority amped up its efforts promoting the nearly 9-mile route between Downtown L.A. and Culver City to would-be riders. Agency officials hope 3,000 to 4,000 fans climb aboard this weekend.
Why take the ride?
Metro officials say the line can carry 100 passengers every minute, so fans can get to and from the game quickly, with no traffic or parking worries.
While authorities encourage USC fans to roll on the Expo Line, they emphasize that they’ll crack down on people who ignore crosswalks, run in front of trains or disobey traffic laws.