Saturday, August 11, 2012

Metro Touts Expo Line as Ride to USC Games

Hunter Communications recommended reading from:
North Hollywood Patch

Link to article:
Metro Shows Off New Expo Line as First USC Kickoff Approaches

The new LA Metro Expo line opened in the spring from 7th Street Metro Center station to Culver City, and now Metro is publicizing the route as an easy way for fans from Hollywood and the Valley to pack their picnics and attend USC home games this fall. At $5 for an all-day pass, the Metro ride can be cheaper than gas and parking.

Excerpt: "The Expo Line light rail line, and the Silver Line freeway express bus system, have three stops within sight of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. And USC and Metro are touting those lines as convenient and practical ways for USC football fans to reach the games.

On game days, extra trains will be added to the Expo Line, which is a 5-minute ride to connections to the Red, Purple, Blue lines trains. The network of rail fans out to intermediate stops, connections to the Gold Line, and ultimate destinations at North Hollywood, Culver City, Koreatown, Long Beach, Pasadena and East Los Angeles.

With home crowds averaging 80,000 people, Metro officials hope to use the rail and express bus lines to introduce their system to a whole class of people who may be unfamiliar with the area's burgeoning transit system.

'On game days you can bring picnic baskets and blankets and have a whole day experience,'said Metro CEO Art Leahy, whom Metro officials pointed out is a USC grad. 'Metro can now take you to within a short walk to the games and then carry you home again.' "

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