Metrolink offering special roundtrip train rides for Angels vs. Dodgers Freeway Series – Orange County Register

The Angels visit the Dodgers on Monday and Tuesday, June 26 and 27, for the annual Freeway Series. But Metrolink would like fans of the two teams to think of it more as the “Rail Series.”

Instead of driving the interstate and other freeways separating Anaheim and Los Angeles, baseball fans once again have the option of purchasing special roundtrip tickets on Metrolink’s Orange County Line to Los Angeles Union Station, and then hopping aboard a free Dodgers Stadium Express shuttle to get to the ballgames.

The roundtrip fare is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and disabled passengers, $4 for youth and free for children under 5.

“By and large, it’s much, much easier to get to Dodger Stadium from Orange County taking a Metrolink train and then taking a free shuttle to and from Dodger Stadium, as opposed to battling the 5 (Freeway), or, once you get into L.A., even paying for parking,” Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson said.

Though riders can take any Orange County Line train to Los Angeles, suggestions include trains 609 and 689 to Union Station, arriving at 5:26 p.m. and 6:27 p.m., respectively. The shuttle is free with a game ticket in hand and departs every 10 minutes beginning 90 minutes before first pitch at 7:10 p.m.

The express shuttle operates for about 45 minutes after the final out.

Metrolink will run one train from Union Station to Oceanside, departing one hour after the end of each game, or at 11:30 p.m. if the game goes into extra innings.

Rail Series train service began in 2013. It took a hiatus last year because Metrolink was operating Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight locomotives that did not meet the clean air requirements of the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee, which provides the grants.

For the Dodgers vs. Angels games completing the series Wednesday and Thursday, June 28 and 29, in Anaheim, fans can take the Angels Express, a partnership with the Orange County Transportation Authority in its seventh consecutive…

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