San Diego Padres Opening Day is sure to bring crowds and traffic to downtown San Diego.
The home game on April 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers is projected to attract nearly 50,000 fans, according to San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS). Nonetheless, MTS says it is prepared to accommodate the large crowds.
MTS is offering mobile ticketing for Padres home games this year through their free app, mTicket. This feature allows riders to avoid downtown traffic and parking as well as surpass the $2 Compass Card fee. Rides can also purchase multiple trolley passes on one device allowing large groups and families to travel under one device.
Beyond new ticketing options, trolley services will run more frequently before the 4:05 p.m. first pitch.
Specifically, the Green Line will run every seven and a half minutes starting at 1:30 p.m. on game day and will continue after the game. The Gaslamp Quarter Station is the best station for Green Line riders to exit.
The University of California San Diego Blue Line will also run about every seven and a half minutes beginning at 2:30 p.m. as well as after the game. The Orange Line will run every 15 minutes as it normally does. Blue and Orange line riders are recommended to use the 12th and Imperial Transit Center to access the game.
All lines have trolley stops with high capacity parking options such as Qualcomm Stadium, Palm Avenue, El Cajon Transit Center and Spring Street.
Fans in North County can get in on the traffic-free travel as well. By purchasing the Coaster $12 RegionPlus Day Pass at a ticket machine or on the Coaster smart phone app, fans can ride to Santa Fe Depot and transfer to the Green Line toward Gaslamp Quarter Station for no additional cost.
Those that purchase one-way fares will be required to buy a trolley pass from Santa Fe Depot before continuing.
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