Jul 29, 2014

Around 8,000 Fans Take Expo Line to USC Football Game

Metro reports approximately 8,000 fans took the Expo line from various stations including the one in Culver City to the USC football game this past Saturday.

Around 8,000 Fans Take Expo Line to USC Football Game

An estimated 8,000 football fans took Expo Line trains to USC's home opener, marking the first time in nearly 50 years that light rail service has been available for game-goers.

Another 2,000-3,000 took other Metro Rail lines and bus services, according to figures released Wednesday.

Metro CEO Art Leahy said before Saturday's game that he would be happy if 4,000 to 5,000 fans took the Expo Line to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the Trojans' first game since the line's April 28 opening.

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Metro provided what it called enhanced service to the sold-out game, with three-car trains running every six minutes on all Metro Rail lines beginning three hours before the game and following the Trojans' 49-10 victory over Hawaii.

Similar increased service will also be provided for this season's five other USC home football games.

Event guides wearing cardinal T-shirts with gold lettering and cardinal caps, USC's colors, were at Metro Rail hub departure points in , Long Beach, North Hollywood and Pasadena to assist passengers, many of whom were riding on the Metro Rail system for the first time.

Light rail service to USC football games was previously available on the Santa Monica Air Line, which discontinued passenger service on Sept. 30, 1953, four days after the Trojans defeated Minnesota, 17-7.

The Expo Line reuses the right-of-way of the Santa Monica Air Line along Exposition Boulevard.

- Steven Herbert

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