Pre-paid parking introduced to ease traffic flow

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers will implement a series of parking and traffic-flow improvements this year, including the availability of pre-paid parking.

Club president Stan Kasten said fans will be incentivized in utilizing the new system with a $10 fee per car, compared to $15 paying at entry. Premium parking will cost $35 in advance and $50 at the gate.

"The fan experience is of paramount importance to the Dodgers," Kasten said. "We have been examining ways to improve our traffic flow at Dodger Stadium. We feel one of the best ways to expedite movement through the auto gates is for fans to have a prepaid parking pass when they arrive at Dodger Stadium. Transaction times will be improved."

Kasten said the lots will be re-striped for better flow and there will be more walkways, bike racks and signage directing to underutilized entry gates.

Kasten said he also would encourage the use of public transportation, including the public bus on Sunset Boulevard, and the club will continue marketing the Metro Gold Line Chinatown and Red Line Hollywood Stations.

Last year, the Dodgers, the City of Los Angeles and LA Metro added a dedicated bus lane on Sunset Boulevard from Union Station to Elysian Park Avenue. Game tickets are honored as payment to ride the bus service and the shuttle operates 90 minutes before the game and 45 minutes after the game. For specific route and schedule information, fans can visit www.metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.