LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Traffic in neighborhoods around Dodger Stadium is “worse than it’s ever been” due to recent changes, according to one Los Angeles City Council member.
In a letter (PDF) sent Tuesday to LA Dodgers President Stan Kasten, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell wrote that his “constituents feel let down by the Dodgers management” since the 2014 season got underway last month.
O’Farrell blamed the congestion issues primarily on the opening of the stadium’s Scott Avenue gate for the first time since 1996, when it was closed to incoming traffic.
He offered several suggestions to help improve the flow of traffic around the stadium, including opening the stadium as many as three hours earlier to allow people time to get to games, exploring shuttle options at local park-and-ride locations, and offering family activities to get people to show up earlier.
O’Farrell also recommended an automated parking management system that requires payment upon exiting – as opposed to entering – the stadium.
“That causes a major traffic jam, and what the result is is idling cars in our residential neighborhoods, blocking Sunset Boulevard for up to an hour,” O’Farrell told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO.