Holiday Bowl Parade
The Washington State University Cougar Marching Band during the 2016 Holiday Bowl Parade. Photo by Ken Stone

The Metropolitan Transit System is boosting trolley service to accommodate the large crowds expected Thursday for both the Holiday Bowl and Holiday Bowl Parade.

With the Holiday Bowl Parade kicking off at 10 a.m. along North Harbor Drive, trains will run a minimum of every 15 minutes throughout the morning, with increased frequency on the Sycuan Green Line between SDCCU Stadium and downtown.

According to MTS officials, the best trolley stations to access the parade route are:

· Sycuan Green Line: County Center/Little Italy, Santa Fe Depot or Seaport Village stations

· UC San Diego Blue Line and Orange Line: America Plaza

With the Holiday Bowl kick-off time scheduled at 6 p.m. inside SDCCU Stadium, MTS is recommending fans use the trolley’s Sycuan Green Line that drops off at the stadium. Beginning at 1 p.m., trains will run every 7 minutes between downtown San Diego and the stadium. In the other direction, from Santee to the stadium, trains will run every 15 minutes.

After the game, which features the Michigan State Spartans and the Washington State Cougars, extra trains will begin departing the stadium with greater frequency as needed. Last trains from SDCCU Stadium are as follows:

To the Gaslamp Quarter/Convention Center area: 12:38 a.m.
To SDSU: 12:07 a.m.
To Santee: 11:07 p.m.

For fans who will parking, then riding the trolley, MTS reports prime park-and-ride locations for the game are:

Grantville Station: 254 free parking spots (Sycuan Green Line, Lower Level only; 4 minutes to stadium)
Grossmont Transit Center: 404 free parking spots (Green/Orange Lines, 17 minutes to stadium)
Old Town Transit Center: 412 free parking spots (Sycuan Green Line, 14 minutes to stadium)
Amaya Drive Station: 236 free parking spots (Green/Orange Line 19 minutes to stadium)

MTS recommends that fans use the Compass Cloud mobile ticketing app to speed up boarding and convenience. A $5 Day Pass works for traveling to the parade and the game.