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Dodger shuttle strikes out with fans

March 29, 2008 | 10:11 pm

Baseball fans who turned out for tonight's commemorative L.A. Dodgers game got an unpleasant surprise -- at least, those who showed up at Dodger Stadium, not the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

So many people came to use the shuttle buses that, half an hour into the game, thousands of fans were still waiting in the Dodger Staduim parking lot, reports David Zahniser. Some fans waited in line for more than two hours before boarding a bus.

"It's like a free for all," said 53-year-old baseball fan Dexter Hilliard, as he stood in line in the Dodger parking lot as the game at the Coliseum was in the first inning.

Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said his organization originally had 40 buses and shuttles ready to transport 5,000 people. Instead, the team found itself with 35,000 passengers, forcing the team to add another 60 buses.

An official with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, which worked to smooth traffic for the Dodger buses, said every shuttle bus fan had reached the game by 8:30 pm, roughly an hour and a half after its start time.

-- Jesus Sanchez