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Nothing-Left-To-Cut California Budget Includes Free Bus to Dodgers Games


Celebrate the start of baseball season with a subsidized bus ride from a place that's never worth visiting (Los Angeles' Union Station) to a place that is rarely worth visiting (Dodger Stadium). 

Dodger Stadium Express was rolled out during the flush, booming economy of 2010 with funding from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC): 

A grant of $300,000 awarded to Metro by the MSRC was made in support of clean fuel transit service to link Union Station to Dodger Stadium. The MSRC awards funding within the South Coast Air Basin from a portion of the vehicle registration fee set aside for mobile source projects that result in emission reductions. 

"This is great news for the region and terrific news for Dodger fans," said Ara Najarian, Chair of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors. "With the vast network of rail and buses serving Union Station, this just makes perfect sense to provide this link to encourage the use of public transit as an alternative to driving." 

The grant funding will be used to offset the cost of fares for passengers possessing a Dodger ticket. 

Last year's $300,000 investment allowed 122,000 Dodger fans to get a ride to the stadium. That comes to $2.46 per ride. Regular bus fare in Los Angeles is $1.50. 

After a success like that, it's no wonder the Dodger Express is coming back in 2011. In fact, the devastating and severe cuts necessary to close the state's $25 billion deficit have made it that much more important that the grant be increased to $450,000:  

"Following last year's successful launch, Metro is pleased to offer fans the Dodger Stadium Express bus service which provides a direct link to Dodger Stadium from a vast network of buses and trains coming into Union Station," said County Supervisor and Metro Board Chairman Don Knabe.

Since Gov. Jerry Brown introduced his austerity budget back in January, it's been fashionable to note that low-income people are hardest hit. In this case that may actually be true. The Dodger Express will be providing state-funded service to people who can afford an average price of $44.68 for a single-game ticket, $5 for a Dodger Dog, and $6 to $8 for a beer. Here's some more blathering about the state's starvation diet: 

"The crisis is real," says Jack Pitney of Claremont McKenna College. "If Brown doesn't get something on the ballot, he has to go the route of austerity with an all-cuts budget." Apart from the Republicans, Brown is boxed in by the unions and Democrats who did now want to see him to giving in to G.O.P. demands. Meanwhile, the calendar is moving rapidly. "Brown sold himself as the old wiley guy, a pragmatic fixer," says Republican consultant Rob Stutzman. "Now the pressure is on." Without the special election, it is growing more likely that deeper cuts will have to be made — perhaps piercing straight to the bone. And it may be a bipartisan crisis. "An all-cuts budget is going to be unpopular," says Pitney. "I don't see an upside for Republicans who say they want smaller government." 

Other ways you're paying for the national pastime:


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28 responses to “Nothing-Left-To-Cut California Budget Includes Free Bus to Dodgers Games

  1. She throws like Obama

    1. Dude, be nice to the lady. You shouldn’t insult a woman like that, they have sensitive feelings.

      1. And sensitive nipples.

    2. “She?” According to the alt tag, that’s Vincente Padilla. Who are you going to belive, the alt tag or your lying eyes?

      1. Zeebs, don”t try to educate these rubes. They just know nothing about the great game of baseball, or Vicente Padilla’s horrible condition: Estorgenosis.

        Everyone else? Go read a goddamn book!

  2. Feces peanut-butter

  3. So they’re, for all intents and purposes, paying people to go watch the Dodgers. Well, they’d certainly have to pay me watch them.

    1. Monique Junot: So you won’t tell anyone?

      Lane Myer: What, that you’re a Dodgers fan?

  4. I’ll be there on Saturday. But, I’ll be driving myself to the stadium so I can make a quicker getaway when the “locos” who sat in the left field bleachers start cutting people in the parking lot.

    1. the “locos” who sat in the left field bleachers start cutting people in the parking lot

      Cutting people, or cutting people off?

      Not that there’s a wrong answer, considering who you’re talking about.

      1. That was a Giants fan that did that. No matter, I just hope we hammer the shit out of that skinny little punk in the black and orange tonight.

        1. You missed. That was Zito.

  5. My favorite Dodgers joke was about their float in the Rose Parade a couple years ago: “It’ll cost $150 million and break down halfway through the parade.”

  6. I was enthusiastic bout moving out of this stupid state a few months ago. Now I’ve all but given up on that. I’ve gotten a little more optimistic as the Democrats now basically own this budget fuckery since the 2/3rd vote is gone. The redistricting process also keeps me hopeful as the long error of having Democrats represent beach cities in SoCal may finally come to an end. No more long dirty fingers out to Carson to get a libtard majority. There’s also the weather, the scenery, things Democrats can’t fuck up like…everything else. I’m not hoping for a Reichwing revival, just a mild occasional putsch.

    1. I hear you: I made that move a few years ago, then ended up back here for personal reasons. It’s hardly an easy place to be a libertarian, but it’s not so hard to make the best of it.

  7. “I counted them on my shirt.”

  8. Its the Doyers, not Dodgers. Get with it Tim!

  9. Pro Sports = our era’s Opiate of the Masses.

    A colossal waste of time, money, and public resources.

  10. But this year there’s going to be an Angels Express going from Union Station down to the “Big A” and back.

  11. Well driving there is a pain in the ass, but it’s worth it. Glad they beat that dyke Lincecum today.

  12. We still have Christians. We still have lions. We’re just waiting for Donald Trump to figure it out.

  13. They run special Coasters for Friday and Sunday Padres games. Getting me to the ballgame is really more important than most of the stuff the state does. Eliminate a couple of assembly districts to pay for it if we have to.

  14. Lobster Girl vs Ball Girl.

    It’s on.

  15. Dodger Stadium Express was rolled out during the flush, booming economy of 2010

    Say what now?

  16. Took me a while to figure out that was a patch on her shirt and that she wasn’t throwing out the first pitch with a credit card in her left hand.

  17. Regular bus fare in Los Angeles is $1.50.

    And how much of a subsidy should we add to that to make up the actual operating costs of such a bus ride?

  18. Of ourse, you could just take the 2 bus, which drops you at the corner of Elesyan Park and Sunset. Costs a buck fifty and runs all the way up Sunset from Santa Monica. Far easier than parking.

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