Those attending Monday’s memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at STAPLES Center can take Metrolink to and from downtown Los Angeles for a stress-free way to skip traffic and parking.
“The catastrophic incident that resulted in the loss of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others has united southern Californians in grief and now as we celebrate their lives,” said Metrolink CEO Stephanie Wiggins. “Those attending the event at STAPLES Center can overcome traffic by taking the train. As a public transportation provider, we want people to know we will do everything in our power to make certain travel to downtown Los Angeles goes smoothly.”
All regularly-scheduled Metrolink lines will operate Monday, with connections from Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties. Trains to Union Station arrive every 20 to 30 minutes between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.
The Celebration of Life event begins at 10 a.m. Monday, with STAPLES Center doors opening at 8 a.m. Officials are recommending those with tickets arrive early and plan ahead.
Metrolink riders can transfer for free at Union Station to Metro Rail’s B (Red) or D (Purple) lines. After reaching the 7th St/Metro Center Station, people can either take the E (Expo) or A (Blue) lines to the Pico Station, or walk southwest on South Figueroa Street five blocks to STAPLES Center.
People can learn more about Metrolink service, connections and STAPLES Center events at metrolinktrains.com/StaplesCenter.