The Los Angeles Rams will play their first home game of the regular season this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, drawing thousands of fans to the Coliseum via public transportation. But the team's future home in Inglewood might not be as easy to get to.
The Expo Line has surged in popularity during pre-season games. It goes directly to the Coliseum, with about 10 percent of Rams attendees packing the train to avoid the inevitable "Ram Jam" of car traffic.
Metro spokesman Rick Jager said the agency is expecting even more riders for the regular season, and is upping train service to prepare. The Expo Line will be run at six-minute intervals, rather than 12-minute intervals for the two hours preceding and proceeding the games.
Taking public transit might be more of a challenge in a couple years when the Rams move to their new location in Inglewood. That stadium could have just 12,500 parking spots for the 80,000 fans.
There are plans to build the Crenshaw LAX light rail line to the Inglewood stadium, but that won’t finish construction until 2019, a year after the stadium opens. It will also be a mile and a half away from the stadium.
Metro is looking into running shuttle buses from that station, just like they do for games at the Rose Bowl and Dodger Stadium.
The agency has also formed a task force to study the possibility of a Green Line extension that could go directly by the stadium. That, however, wouldn’t happen until at least 2030, even with a new infusion of funds from the Measure M ballot initiative, up for a vote this November.