FOR MORE INFORMATION: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Laura Scheper, OCTA, (714) 560-5697 April 2, 2013
Scott Johnson, SCRRA, (213) 452-0205
Baseball fans can save time and money with $7 round-trip tickets
ORANGE – The popular Angels Express Train that takes fans to and from Angels’ games is back again this season, beginning with the home opener on Tuesday, April 9.
Service to Anaheim will be available from Los Angeles Union Station and the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo station for weeknight home games starting at 7:05 p.m. Service from Riverside also is available for Friday home games via a transfer at the Orange Depot.
“The Angels Express was the choice way for baseball fans to get to the stadium last season and we are excited to be able to offer the service again this year,” said Orange County Transportation Authority Chairman Greg Winterbottom. “We encourage fans to take advantage of this special Metrolink service and enjoy a convenient and affordable train ride to the ballgame.”
Heading to the game, a southbound train from Los Angeles and a northbound train from the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo station will depart at 5:50 p.m. and make all regular stops on Metrolink’s Orange County line. Both trains are scheduled to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the game and will depart 30 minutes after the last out from the Anaheim Metrolink station, in the parking lot of Angel Stadium of Anaheim. On Fridays, the train will depart 45 minutes after the game ends so fans can watch the fireworks.
Round-trip tickets for the special train service cost $7 for the general public, $6 for seniors and $4 for youth ages 6 to 18. All valid Metrolink fare media also will be accepted.
“We are very pleased to partner with OCTA on such a great means of getting Angels fans from throughout Southern California to the games,” said Pat Morris, Metrolink Chairman and San Bernardino Mayor. “We’re not only taking cars off the freeways, but also providing baseball fans with an efficient, stress-free way to get to the ballpark and enjoy the games.”
To kick off the baseball season, OCTA is hosting a pre-game event at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12 at the Irvine Metrolink station. Those who attend will enjoy free food provided by Aioli, live music by the band Headshine and have a chance to win Angels merchandise and free train tickets to the game.
Last year, nearly 38,000 fans used the service to get to the game, which is made possible by a $194,235 grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Committee.
For more information regarding the service and train schedules, visit www.octa.net/angelsexpress.
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Orange County Transportation Authority
How to buy an Angels Express Ticket
Tickets may be purchased at Metrolink station ticket vending machines by selecting “Special Ticket Options”.
For a list of Metrolink schedules, click here.
Metrolink Angels Express Fares
$7 Adult roundtrip
$4 Youth ages 6-18 years old
FREE Kids age 5 and under with paying adult, limit 3 per fare
50% off Angels Game Tickets!
Ride the Angels Express to the game and get 50% off select Angels Baseball game tickets! Just go to Angels.com/AngelsExpress for the special code to access your discount. This is OCTA’s way of saying “Thank You” for riding Angels Express.
Thank you to Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee’s (MSRC) for providing funding for the Metrolink Angels Express trains.
The Angels Express Schedules
Trains Leave After Friday Big Bang Fireworks
To make your trip to Angels Stadium even more enjoyable this season, Metrolink will hold Friday night trains 45 minutes after the game so you can stay for the fireworks.
Parking at Metrolink Stations
Orange County and Inland Empire Stations: Free parking at Buena Park, Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Tustin, Irvine, Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo, Orange, Anaheim Canyon, West Corona, North Main Corona, Riverside-La Sierra, and Riverside-Downtown stations, so you can drive to the station, leave your car and take the Angels Express to the game. To learn more about the number of parking spaces and amenities available at the station closest to you, please click here.
Los Angeles Union Station: Daily parking is available in front of Union Station at Lot B. There are 60 spaces available, with a maximum charge of $14 per day. Overnight parking is not allowed. Parking is also available at Gateway Plaza (behind Union Station) for $6 per day. The Gateway Plaza lot is open 24 hours per day. More information is available here.
Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs Station: To park at this station, you need to purchase a Single Day Reserved parking permit in advance online or by calling Norwalk Customer Service at (562) 929-5550. The permit costs $1.00. With this permit, you will be able park your vehicle on the east side of the train tracks so that you will have access your vehicle after the game.
Connections to Metrolink stations
Orange County Stations: OCTA bus routes 29, 43, 54, 59, 70, 83, 90 and 143 provide late service to some of the Metrolink stations in Orange County.
Los Angeles Stations: The Metro Red Line is light rail train service that goes from North Hollywood to L.A. Union Station. The Metro Gold Line also serves L.A. Union Station, starting in Pasadena. Click here for a PDF document with the other connections to L.A. Union Station. For a list of connecting transit from the Norwalk/Santa Fe Station, please click here.
When planning your trip the Angels Express, remember to make sure your bus or light rail route provides service at the time you will be returning to the Metrolink station. The Angels Express train departs 30 minutes after the last out is recorded in the game and 45 minutes on Friday night games. Assuming that a normal game takes three hours, the train would likely depart around 10:35 p.m., getting you back to your connection between 10:45 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., depending on how far you are going.
NOTE: There is a possibility that the game could run long, making the train departure times unpredictable, so be sure to have a backup plan in case the train arrives after your last bus or light rail train has left.
New to Metrolink? It’s Easy!
For step by step instruction on how to ride, click here.