Traffic has been a mess around Dodger Stadium during the first games of the season. But even fans who have taken mass transportation to avoid congestion have had a hard-time getting to and from the ballpark. On Tuesday, fans were complaining after the Dodger Stadium Express shuttle from Union Station suffered major delays getting to the ball park, with some buses taking up to 75 minutes to make the trip, according to The Source, Metro’s transportation news blog. What went wrong? Metro blamed a hoodie giveaway that boosted attendance beyond 53,000 and problems with a bus-only lane on Sunset Boulevard for the delays:
Even with enforcement from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, many private vehicles used the bus-only lane on Sunset Boulevard — making it difficult for buses to reach the stadium in a timely manner. Even though a few citations were issued to those illegally using the lane, Metro will be working with the city of Los Angeles to improve signage and keep cars out of the bus lane. One possible solution may be to use pylons to mark off the lane.
The other problem occurred at the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station. Crowds arrived early to take the bus to the game and ultimately — and unfortunately — two separate lines ended up forming. It was confusing and some people rightly complained. To avoid similar problems, Metro staff will be at the transit plaza two hours before game time to ensure that there is one, well-organized line for those waiting to board buses.
The Source said Metro “will will try to make the bus shuttle faster and easier to use” but made no promises as the Dodgers expect record-high attendance this year.