Dodgers Won’t Lift a Finger to Save Dodger Trolley

3_16_09_trolley.jpgJackie Robinson could take transit to the stadium in Brooklyn; but these Trolley Dodgers won’t have a trolley.

Blogdowntown reports that the chances that transit service comes back to Dodger Stadium are about the same as the Dodgers clearing out parking spaces for helicopter parking.  Despite a verbal commitment to the City Council last year that they would try and find sponsors for the shuttle, they refuse to talk to team sponsors and won’t of course wouldn’t dream of actually paying for what is essentially private shuttle service themselves. 

In other words, the Dodgers think it was very nice of the city to provide free shuttles to their stadium for the post-All Star Game contests and playoffs; but isn’t willing to do anything besides sending out press releases taking credit for the project to support it.

Eric Richardson reports:

Earlier promises that the team would help the city find sponsors for
a 2009 service seem to have fallen by the wayside this offseason. "In
June, when the council approved the two month demo, the Dodgers had
committed that … they would go out and the end of the season and talk
to their sponsors," Lefton told the committee. "When we met with them
in December, they indicated that they did not want to talk to the
existing sponsors and that they did not want to mess with their
existing sponsorship arrangements."

The city has attempted to find its own sponsorship deal for the service, but has been unsuccessful in doing so.

To add insult to injury, the LADOT spent their time in the offseason wisely, designing a new route for the service that moved hundreds of Dodger fans to the stadium that would avoid the traffic jams on Sunset and bring the buses into the east gate.

So Streetsbloggers, let’s help the Dodgers out and come up with some ways to refund the Dodger Shuttle.  For example, if the Dodgers charged a quarter surcharge on car parking for regular season games, they would come up with all the needed funds and might even have a surplus to pay for bus service for playoff games.  Simlarly, if the Dodgers could convince Manny Ramirez to play for free for his first nine at bats, assuming he only comes to the plate 550 times as he did last year, again the bus service would be paid for with a surplus.

If you got any ideas to help out the Dodgers and their fans, feel free to leave it in the comments section.

Photo: Phil Schillachi/Flickr

  • I still remember before the Gold Line opened one Dodge official was quoted in the Downtown News chatting up the idea of the club building a monorail link of the stadium with Chinatown station.

    The Dodges will pony up the money only if they have to. Maybe the blogbnation should organize a protest on opening day. Some media attention might force the Dodgers to rethink their stance.

  • As I’ve said before, the traffic jam on Sunset and the ~1 hour time to go the two miles from Union Station to Dodger Stadium was enough to turn me off from ever trying the Dodger Trolley again with its current route. . . But this talk of a better route that avoids the Sunset traffic and comes in the east gate definitely inspires some hope.

    The 25 cent parking surcharge sounds like a great idea to me, and most drivers wouldn’t even notice. . . that is except for the fact that they would now need to make change. . . hmmm.

  • Interurbans

    This just goes to show where the Dodger ownership and management hart is really at. This is an example of how the Dodgers do not care about their fans, the residents in the area, traffic or the people of the city of Los Angeles. All they really care about is the parking revenue. Even if the difficulty and delays the fans must experience keeps them from coming to games. Apparently the parking revenue is more important then if people stay home from games do to the difficult parking conditions.

    The city or tax payers should not pay for the Dodger Trolley which was a success for all last season. This is a service that the Dodgers should pay for 100 % or in conjunction with sponsors.

    Not only should the Dodgers pay for the Dodger Trolley they should pay for and build a 100% grade separated people mover between Union Station and Dodger Stadium. This is a win win for all involved. It will not only make getting to the Stadium faster, easier and more convenient, it will also increase attendance and make the Stadium more leasable for special events and concerts.

    It is time that the Dodgers help foot the bill for all of the city services that are provided to them and they need to pay for the Dodger Trolley short term and build a people mover long term. If they are unwilling to help their fans and the city, the city should operate the Dodger Trolley, build the people mover and assess the Dodgers for all cost.

  • Scotty

    I absolutely love the Dodgers, and I absolutely HATE going anywhere near Dodger Stadium. So, I go to see them play at other stadiums, like Anaheim Stadium. I already have my Dodgers/Angeles tickets. Easy access, easy exiting, lower prices. The only time I went last year was when the shuttle buses were running. They were great! I took the Blue Line to the Red Line to the buses. What a dream.

    Sorry Dodgers, no bus, no ticket buying. See you in Anaheim!

  • Joe

    We need a gondola connecting the Chinatown gold line station to Dodger Stadium. I don’ think we need to give up another penny for parking — the dodgers should take it out of there riduclous 15 dollar parking fee they chrage already!!!!

  • Will Campbell

    I can’t quit the Dodgers as easily as Scotty can. But after the parking fee increase to $15 that Joe points out, I vowed never to drive there again. In fact, the last two/three times I’ve been to the stadium, I’ve gotten there either on foot or by bike. It’s one of the perks of living two miles away from the place.

  • Spencer Varon Kassimir

    You know, this may sound kind of crazy but what if there was a super escalator like at City Walk to take fans from Chinatown Station to Dodgers…

    That or actually extend the Blue Line in 2 directions. One to Union via 2nd as planned and the other would continue north to Dodgers with the end destination on Sunset and Vermont.

    That way there would be a connection of entertainment spanning from The Coliseum/The Galen Center via Staples and LA Live up to Dodgers.


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