Metro buses get close. For example, a 14-mile ride to the stadium from Westwood Village drops at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Innes Avenue, but that's well outside the stadium parking lot, quite a long haul after what amounts to a one hour and 10 minute trip.
Did I mention that was a 14-mile trip that took one hour and 10 minutes?
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The trolley buses, which originate at Union Station, actually dropped riders off inside Dodger Stadium behind center field.
The buses ran frequently. The rides were free. The fans used it!
So, of course, there's a chance the whole thing is going to fall apart before the start of the 2009 season.
All the money for the Dodger Trolley service comes from the city. The Dodger organization has refused to put up even a few bucks for the effort, though that hasn't stopped the team's Web site from promoting the service.
Considering the city's budget woes, the only hope for the service might be advertising revenue, which is actually kind of funny considering the numerous battles the city is fighting with the billboard industry.
Says blogdowntown: "The Dodgers have argued that advertising funds could be found to pay for the Trolley. In its report, LADOT concludes that model may hold the only hope for 2009."
-- TJ Sullivan