Friday, December 31, 2004

Officials Suggest Transit to Rose Bowl
By Jessica Garrison and Jesus Sanchez - Times Staff Writers

Rain or shine Saturday, wet weather over the last week will force a change in how thousands of parade and game-goers get to Pasadena.

Nearly 14,000 parking spaces at the Brookside Golf Course were either soggy or underwater, prompting Rose Bowl officials to issue a plea to drivers to take public transportation to the game.

Among the options: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the Gold Line was prepared to take more than 30,000 additional riders to the Memorial Park station, where game-goers can walk three blocks to the Parson's Engineering complex at Walnut Street and Fair Oaks Avenue for a free shuttle to the Rose Bowl. Trains will run all night, every 10 minutes.

If one doesn't want to try to fight the crowds trying to get to Pasadena, there are a couple options downtown. There are 2,000 parking spaces at Union Station, from where the Gold Line can be taken into Pasadena. Fans can also take a $10 shuttle from the Staples Center , but there will only be transport for the first 2,500 people to use that parking lot.

"It's going to be a beautiful day," said Darryl Dunn, general manager of the Rose Bowl Operating Co. "People just need to leave earlier, and recognize there is a situation."

On New Year's Eve, the thousands of people who camp out on Colorado Boulevard in advance of the Rose Parade will likely face cold conditions, with the National Weather Service forecasting only a 20% chance of showers and temperatures in the upper 30s or low 40s.

There should be a break between storms on New Year's Day in time for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game between the University of Michigan and the University of Texas. Temperatures are expected to be in the 40s or 50s for the parade, and by game time, could be in the 60s. There is only a 20% chance of showers Saturday.

It has not rained on the Rose Parade since 1954.

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Gold Line Train Service: Fans riding the Metro Gold Line should get off at the Memorial Park station. Then they should walk about two blocks west to the Parsons Engineering complex at Walnut and Fair Oaks. From there, they will be able to take a free shuttle to the Rose Bowl.

MTA officials also said passengers can park their cars at Union Station and take the Gold Line to Pasadena. The entrance to the 2,000-car garage at Union Station is located off Vignes Street.

Gold Line information is available by calling 1-800-266-6883 or visiting www.mta.net.

Staples Center Park-and-Ride Shuttle: Fans can park at the Staples Center lots in downtown Los Angeles and take chartered buses to the Rose Bowl for a fee of $10. The parking lot will open at 8:00 a.m. and bus service to the Rose Bowl will start at 9:00 a.m. (fans should plan to arrive early). Buses will begin returning immediately after the game.

The shuttle service can transport a total of 2,500 people, according to Rose Bowl officials.

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