As the USC football team preps for its first home game against Hawaii on Saturday, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is expecting to carry thousands of first-time customers on public transit lines as Trojan fans make their way to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the sold-out matchup.
The new Expo Line stops just a few blocks from the stadium, and more than 100 Metro event guides — dressed in USC cardinal and gold T-shirts and baseball caps — will be deployed to help thousands of football fans navigate the trains and stations.
“We think the teaming up of Metro with USC home games will be a welcome change for Trojan fans,” said Metro CEO Art Leahy MPA ’82. “On game days you can bring picnic baskets and blankets and have the whole day experience. And you don’t need to anticipate what is for some a very long drive home because Metro can now take you to within a short walk of the games and then carry you home again. Or for those who live far away, Metro can take you to Metrolink and Amtrak at Union Station.”
The Metro guides will hand out maps and travel information while walking the route with customers between the two nearest Expo light-rail stations (Expo/Vermont and Expo Park/USC) and the Coliseum, as well as between the Silver Line Station at 37th Street/USC Station and the Coliseum.
Expo trains will run every six minutes before and after game time, according to Metro. Additional trains will be added to the Expo Line, as well as the Red, Purple and Gold lines to make transfer connections more efficient system-wide. For 20 minutes after each game, there also will be additional service on the Silver Line, which runs to downtown Los Angeles, the South Bay and the San Gabriel Valley.
Trojan fans are cautioned to look both ways when crossing the tracks, to avoid walking or riding bikes while wearing earphones near the tracks and to obey electronic crossing signals and directions issued by Metro and personnel with the Los Angeles County Sheriff.
For more tips and information, visit metro.net/riding/usc/