Don’t want to drive to Dodger Stadium on Opening Day? Here are some alternatives.

Planning on making it out to Dodger Stadium on Opening Day? The Dodgers have tried to make it easier.

• The Dodger Stadium Express, a complimentary shuttle service from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to Dodger Stadium, returns for the fifth consecutive year.

• Fans are encouraged to purchase parking in advance to speed up transaction time at each of the gates. Fans will save $5 on the regular parking price and $15 on premium parking by purchasing parking in advance at $10 and $35.

• Two areas to assist in traffic flow are pre-paid parking and the opening of the Stadium Way Gate (formerly called the “Scott Avenue gate”). Access to the gate is only from Stadium Way and will not be permitted from directly through the Echo Park neighborhood from Scott Avenue, west of Stadium Way.

• The Dodgers will have two left turn lanes from Elysian Park Avenue, which will be directed to take a right turn onto Scott Avenue. Neighborhood protection along Scott Avenue from Stadium Way to Glendale Blvd. will continue in addition to adding DOT officers.

• LA Metro will offer the Dodger Stadium Express bus service, which includes the benefit of enjoying a dedicated bus lane on Sunset Boulevard from Union Station to Elysian Park Avenue. Dodger game day tickets will be honored as payment to ride the bus service and the shuttle will operate 90 minutes before the game and 45 minutes after the game. The Dodger Stadium Express will have two stops in 2014—behind the pavilions and a new stop at the Top Deck, Lot P.

• Fans can also park at Union Station for $6 and take the Dodger Stadium Express free with a ticket.

• For bus riders: There are MTA bus stops on Sunset Blvd. and the Gold Line in Chinatown. The Dodgers also will have the #2 and #4 buses available from the Red Line station in Hollywood that will operate to the Dodger Stadium entrance. Also …

Metro operates the Metro Gold Line from East Los Angeles to Pasadena.
The Metro Red/Purple subway lines operate from Wilshire/Western and North Hollywood to downtown.
The Metro Green Line operates between Norwalk and El Segundo and intersects with the Metro Blue Line operating between Long Beach and downtown Los Angeles.
Metrolink and Amtrak trains are available and Metro operates many bus lines that serve Union Station where patrons can easily transfer to the Dodger Stadium Express. During the Freeway Series with the Angels, take Metrolink from Orange County to Union Station and then ride the Express to the stadium.

• 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.

• The Dodgers also will have dedicated pedestrian walkways and bicycle lanes (and additional bicycle racks) leading into the entrances formerly designed for autos only.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.