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Thread: Getting to the Game: Tips and Tricks for Taking Transit

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    Quote Originally Posted by daxx1313 View Post
    When I lived in Anaheim and Covina I had to drive to Kings games, and it was such a drag. Now that I live in Pasadena I couldn’t imagine driving down the 110, sitting in traffic, paying for parking and not being able to have a few malty beverages.
    Now, I walk to the Gold Line, have a cocktail or two at La Grande Orange, transfer at Union Station to the Red Line and walk from 7th/Metro. It takes about 45 min depending on traffic, but I have ZERO chance of getting a DUI. The bonus is that an all day pass is $5 now. Now it only makes sense to drive if there is a group of 4 or more.
    Anyway, I hope all of you find an easy and safe mode of transportation to and from the games. Hope my story helped.
    Oh! One other thing. My wife and I are thinking of buying a house in Ease San Gabriel Valley. The good news is that the Gold Line Extension will be up and running in 5 years. So if I do buy a house out there, it will just take me about 20 min longer to get to the games.
    Are you moving to the Monrovia/Azusa north side of the SGV? If so, you're getting not only the Foothill Extension, but also the Regional Connecter. The latter is a 2 mile subway that will link the Gold Line to the Blue and Expo Lines in one contiguous system.

    The idea present idea -- when the RC opens in 2018 or so -- is to have trains run directly from Pasadena/Azusa to Long Beach and from Santa Monica to East LA.

    Here's kind of a rough schematic. The basic idea is to have one big north-south line and one big east-west line.



    tl;dr You'll have a one-seat-ride (no transfers) from the foothills to Staples Center.

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    I've been wanting to take the train from North Hollywood too, but what time do the trains shut down? Someone told me that I'd be stranded downtown after the game...

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    Metro Maps & Timetables
    You shouldn't have a problem with the Last Train.

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    If only Metro used the system that Chicago uses. You don't pay, you don't get on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cross Traffic View Post
    If only Metro used the system that Chicago uses. You don't pay, you don't get on.
    It turns out the fare evasion rate is actually only something like 2%. So Metro is spending tens of million of dollars to install fare gates and millions more annually to start staffing stations just to save a few million bucks. I know it's more fair/just to make sure everyone pays his/her fare, but it's not necessarily good public policy or use of taxpayer dollars.

    Quote Originally Posted by PuckMaster View Post
    I've been wanting to take the train from North Hollywood too, but what time do the trains shut down? Someone told me that I'd be stranded downtown after the game...
    Looks like there are Red Line trains leaving 7th/Metro Center at 10:02 p.m., 10:22, 10:42, 11:02, 11:22, 11:42, 12:02 a.m. and 12:22 a.m., so you'll even have time for a post victory beer

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    Beware of the "up" escalator at the North Hollywood Red Line station. Last season (April 2011) after game 3 I experienced escalator "slippage" backwards after the game and let me tell you that was not fun at all. I tried to keep pace by "running" up the stairs but man oh man when it finally ratcheted to a stop I was almost spent. Some other people didn't look as fortunate as me as I was lucky enough to be about 3/4's of the way up when it slipped.

    I googled it at the time and apparently it wasn't the first time.

    Beware bwahaha

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    BIG News for those taking transit to Staples Center

    Beginning this Sunday, Nov. 13, Metro will run trains every 10 minutes between 6 p.m. and midnight on the Red and Purple line subway, as well as the Blue Line between downtown L.A. and Long Beach.
    Metro announces more frequent subway trains and Blue Line service at night | The Source

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    Has anyone rode the Green Line (I believe it is) from the LAX/El Segundo area to downtown for a game?
    (I live in Westchester)

    It's definitely not the safest route on the train down the 105, but I thought it might be worth a shot once or twice.

    Any tips are appreciated...

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    I'm a big fan of the Blue Line. It has a lot of amazing graffiti and usually some in car entertainment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHARAzard View Post
    Has anyone rode the Green Line (I believe it is) from the LAX/El Segundo area to downtown for a game?
    (I live in Westchester)

    It's definitely not the safest route on the train down the 105, but I thought it might be worth a shot once or twice.

    Any tips are appreciated...
    I think your best bet would be to park at the free (!) Aviation Station Green Line park and ride: Then take the Green Line towards Norwalk, transfer to the Blue Line at Imperial Wilmington and take that until the Pico/Flower station. Google Maps -- which is generally very reliable for planning transit trips in LA -- pegs that trip at 45 minutes from Aviation to Pico/Flower.

    As for safety, I'm not totally sure what you mean. Personal safety from other transit riders? Rates of crime on Metro lines are lower than in the city as a whole, so I wouldn't worry about it. Rinkrat's been riding the Blue Line for quite a while, so he would know.

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