Metro recently announced that they will increase Expo Line service before and after USC football games, in an attempt to facilitate patrons' commute and encourage the use of public transit. The fairly new Expo light-rail line, which currently runs from downtown L.A. to Culver City, has two stops located near the USC campus: the Expo/Vermont and Expo Park/USC stations.
“On game days you can bring picnic baskets and blankets and have the whole day experience," said Metro CEO Art Leahy in a statement. "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."
According to Metro more than 80,000 people typically pour into the Coliseum for USC games, and by adding additional trains to the Expo, Red, Purple and Gold lines, officials expect to be able to transport more people in less time.
For 20 minutes after each USC game, the Silver Line which runs to Downtown, the South Bay and the San Gabriel Valley, will have additional trains running to and from the 37th Street/USC Station. The Expo line will have trains coming and going every six minutes before and after games.
For those who can't make it all the way home on Metro alone, some light-rails go to Union Station where riders can transfer to Metrolink or Amtrak trains.
Although eating and drinking are not allowed on Metro trains, small picnic baskets and coolers are permitted as long as they're not blocking the aisle. Grills or other flammable items are not, so riders looking to tailgate may have to come up with some alternatives to burgers and hot dogs.
USC's first football game is Saturday Sept. 1, and these additions in service by Metro go along with other recent schedule changes they've promoted, including the late-night, extended hours for Friday and Saturday nights. Starting at the end of last month, the Red/Purple Line, Blue Line, Expo Line, Green Line, Gold Line and the Orange bus line are in service until 2 a.m. on weekends. This extension aims to ease the commute for employees with off-hours, as well as provide an alternative to driving for those looking to go out and have a good time.