April 12, 2013 Leave a comment
I went to my first Dodgers game of the season last Sunday and, of course, took the Dodger Stadium Express for free from Union Station. I was excited to try it out this season after Metro and LADOT made some improvements (most notably, a bus-only lane on Sunset Blvd. and Elysian Park Ave.).
The bus only lane doesn’t start until you get to Figueroa and Sunset. It was Sunday and there wasn’t much traffic, but last season I did spend a good portion of my trip in traffic on Cesar Chavez between Alameda and Sunset. One game in particular, it took us 35 minutes to get to Figuaroa (at which point we got off the bus and walked). It would be a HUGE improvement if the bus lane could start at Alameda.
In practice, the bus lane worked just as well as in theory. We zipped right on by the rest of the cars trying to get into the stadium, and as we turned right onto Elysian Park Ave., I was actually surprised to see that the lane continued all the way up the hill. There are a ton of cones put out and cops monitoring every so often, so the lane was definitely well-respected by other drivers.