11 Tickets Sold for the '49ers Express Train' to Levi's Stadium

Before last night's Monday Night Football game, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority reported that they'd only sold 11 season passes to the 49ers Express Train. To cover costs, the goal had been to sell 2,500.

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September 13, 2016, 12:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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The experience of taking the train to Levi's Stadium. Not even an Express Train can help, apparently. | Eric Broder Van Dyke / Shutterstock

"The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority had hoped to sell 2,500 '49ers Express Train' tickets as a way to get football fans to Levi's Stadium faster, and to offset rising taxpayer costs," reports Lisa Fernandez. "Instead, the VTA had only sold 11 of those season ticket passes by Monday."

In addition to the low sales, the express VTA trains are experiencing low travel times while stuck behind regular trains.

The poor performance of the 49ers Express Train is a concern to taxpayers: "Since the stadium opened in 2014, VTA has been losing $500,000 each year by going to and from the 49er games because adding extra trains and extra drivers (who are paid overtime) ends up costing the public agency money," explains Fernandez. The express train is designed to, in part, "recoup some of those losses."

VTA spokeswoman Stacey Hendler Ross is quoted in the article calling on the 49ers to do more to offset the cost of delivering fans to the game.

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