Tonight was the inaugural run of the free Dodgers shuttle (game is against the Nationals), a notable event given the utter lack of public transportation to the stadium. No longer will baseball fans be forced to pay $15 plus for parking (and ultimately help pay for Dodgers owner Frank McCourt's mortgage on that Malibu Lautner estate). Given the city's numerous transportation deficiencies, the shuttle is a start. And look how happy everyone is.
There are a total of five buses and a smaller shuttle. Forty-seven people can fit on the larger buses. Tonight, the bus route from Union Station took about 15-18 minutes each way, and buses travel in the regular traffic lanes.
A gaggle of press greeted Mayor Villagrosia, who rode the smaller shuttle to the stadium.
"Can we drink a beer on the bus?" "Probably not" was the answer from the bus driver.
Overheard on the bus:
"This is a great service!"
"Man, I am so happy not to have to deal with the shit."
'Four years ago, they had this service...and it cost $2."
"And it's all thanks to us...we're paying for it, us taxpayers."
"Who is pitching tonight?"