City budget cuts have forced the Dodgers and the operators of other sports and concert arenas to pick up the entire tab for the public traffic officers who help keep congestion under control, according to the Los Angeles Times. But there will be fewer officers – who are paid $40.92 an hour – on duty than when the city paid part of the cost. That raises the prospect of increased traffic congestion in and around Echo Park and Angelino Heights as thousands of motorists descend on the stadium tonight for first game of the National Championship series.
It’s not clear how many traffic officers have been cut from Dodgers duty or whether it will make much of a difference. The city’s Principal Transportation Engineer Alan Willis told the Times that the cuts might mean three instead of four officers stationed at an intersection. Motorists might see fewer traffic cops next year as well since the city has pretty much depleted all the funds budgeted for traffic control at special events.
Willis suggested that fans allow more time to get in and out of the stadium or take public transportation. That may not make much of a difference since MTA buses are usually stuck in stadium traffic, and the team has said they won’t pay for a Dodger Trolley.
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