LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Dodgers will focus on improving vehicular and pedestrian access to the team’s stadium for the 2014 season, officials announced Thursday.

The Dodger Stadium Express, a complimentary shuttle service from Union Station in downtown LA, will return for the fifth consecutive year but will make an additional stop at Dodger Stadium. Starting Friday, it will make two stops — behind the pavilions and at the Top Deck, Lot P.

“The Dodgers have worked with traffic flow experts during the off-season,” Senior Vice-President, External Affairs Renata Simril said in a statement. “We are implementing several recommendations in hopes of improving our vehicular and pedestrian access. It is important to get our fans in and out of the stadium as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Game day tickets will be honored as payment for the Dodger Stadium Express, which begins operation 90 minutes before the game and runs until 45 minutes after the game ends. For specific route and schedule information, click here or call 323.GO.METRO.

Fans who plan to drive are encouraged to purchase parking tickets in advance to speed up transaction time at the gates, and doing so prior to the game will save them $5 on regular parking price and $15 on premium parking. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 323-DODGERS.

The Dodgers’ main entrance, Sunset Blvd. Gate A, along Elysian Park Avenue, will feature a dedicated pedestrian entrance with new lighting in an effort to encourage fans to utilize parking lots 13 and 14 along Stadium Way and the Number 2 and 4 buses along Sunset Blvd.

There will also be dedicated pedestrian walkways and bicycle lanes, in addition to bicycle racks, leading into the entrances formerly designed for autos only.

The Dodgers will play the San Francisco Giants during their home opener on Friday at 1:10 p.m.


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