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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 31, 2016
Angels Express Rail and Bus Service Begins on Monday
Baseball fans will have two public-transportation options to weeknight Angels games for the 2016 season
ORANGE – Baseball fans will have two easy and affordable options for hopping aboard the Angels Express to and from Angels home games this season, which begins with Monday’s home opener against the Chicago Cubs.
Fans can jump aboard the Angels Express special Metrolink service and the new Angels Express Bus service to get to the game, set to start Monday, April 4 at 7:05 p.m.
The Angels Express – by rail or bus – allows fans to avoid traffic jams and save gas and money by skipping the car trip and parking fees.
Two events are planned to kick off the rail and bus services, respectively:
- At 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4, OCTA is hosting a pre-game rally at the Irvine Metrolink Station, 15215 Barranca Parkway, to mark the beginning of Angels Express train service. The event will include free snacks, music and prizes. Angels Express trains will depart for the stadium at 5:10 and 5:59 p.m.
- To celebrate the start of the Angels Express Bus service, an event is planned for 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8 at Goldenwest Transportation Center, 7301 Center Ave. in Huntington Beach. The first 100 people will ride the Angels Express Bus for free. Three buses will run to the stadium prior to the start of the game, departing at 5:15, 5:30 and 5:45 p.m.
Express bus service to the stadium is being added this year thanks to a $128,500 grant to the Orange County Transportation Authority from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee.
The special Metrolink service has been running since 2011 and, last year, attracted a record 54,356 boardings during the season, a 24 percent increase over the previous year.
“We’re excited to offer another option for the Angels Express this year so fans can get to the ballgame by bus or train,” OCTA Chair Lori Donchak said. “We welcome back fans of the Angels Express for the new season and we encourage new riders to check out a stress-free and affordable way to catch an evening game.”
The Angels Express Bus will run from the Goldenwest Transportation Center to Angel Stadium, letting passengers off just a few feet from the stadium’s main entrance. The bus will serve weeknight home games beginning at 7:05 p.m. – a total of 50 games scheduled for the season.
The cost to ride the Angels Express Bus will be $2 each way ($4 round trip), with discounts for seniors and passengers with disabilities, and free for children 5 and under when accompanied by a paying adult.
The rail service will run to Anaheim’s ARTIC station, immediately adjacent to Angel Stadium of Anaheim, with service from Los Angeles Union Station and Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo station for weeknight home games that begin at 7:05 p.m.
Service from Riverside is also available for Friday night home games that start at 7:05 p.m., with a transfer at the Orange train station to Anaheim. Angels Express trains arrive at least 30 minutes before game time and the return trains leave 30 minutes after the final out. (Fans returning to Los Angeles may take Amtrak train 595, which will honor the Metrolink Angels Express ticket, with a scheduled departure from Anaheim’s ARTIC station at 11:06 p.m. The train will not stop at the Buena Park or Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs stations.)
The regular price for the Angels Express train is $7 round-trip, with discounts for seniors and riders with disabilities ($6), and children ages 6 to 18 years ($4). Children 5 and under ride free with an adult fare.
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