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Tons of Rams fans are riding the train to games

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About 10,000 fans per game took the Expo Line light rail

Hadley Meares

It might surprise anyone who has never lived in Los Angeles to hear this, but lots of Rams fans are taking advantage of the area's expanding public transit system by riding the light rail to the Coliseum. They're savvy, because the cost to park at the stadium at USC is insane (like $100 insane).

The Los Angeles Daily News reports that about 10,000 fans per game—roughly between 11 and 15 percent of the stadium's attendance—took the Expo Line to the Coliseum.The Expo Line train has two stops across the street from the Exposition Park venue. The numbers come from early estimates from Metro.

As they often do for large-scale events, Metro operated on what a spokeswoman referred to as "enhanced service to the games." In this case, Metro ran Expo trains every six minutes, instead of every 12 minutes, and also ran extra Silver Line buses. "The feedback has been positive," spokeswoman Anna Chen told the Daily News.

The Expo Line is already packed with riders most of the time, and that includes weekends. Since the Expo Line’s extension to Santa Monica opened in May, weekend ridership numbers have boomed.

The Rams are playing at the Coliseum for three seasons while their brand new stadium is built.