A record number of Dodger fans took public transportation to the game on Opening Day, thus avoiding a $15 charge to park in Frank McCourt's parking lots.
Give yourselves a round of applause, Dodger fans!
According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 4,326 fans took the Dodger Stadium Express shuttle bus from Union Station. That's up a whopping 41% from Opening Day 2011, when just 3,064 fans took the express bus. It's also a 108% increase over the ridership on Opening Day 2010 -- the first year of the shuttle's operations.
Rick Jager, an MTA spokesman, reports that the buses were able to handle the extra Opening Day demand. Last year, the buses handled about 1,400 fans per game, on average.
"It was really smooth," says Jager, who speculates that the increased ridership is due to "word of mouth."
We're certainly doing our part to get the word out. But just to recap: You can park at any of the park-and-ride lots on this map, and take the train to Union Station. Buses begin leaving for the stadium 90 minutes before game time, and come along every 10 minutes. The ride is free if you show your Dodgers ticket.
It's good for your wallet, good for the environment, and great for your peace of mind.