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The Metropolitan Transit System is adding a perk to attract trolley ridership on Opening Day for the Padres next Tuesday, April 9: free soda and snacks.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Qualcomm Stadium station, La Mesa’s Spring Street station, and Chula Vista’s H Street station, the first 150 ticketed riders boarding will receive a free Coca-Cola beverage and box of Cracker Jack.

Although extra trolleys are scheduled to be running on both the Green and Blue lines, fans traveling downtown are advised to board at least 90 minutes prior to the game’s 3:40 start time.

MTS rules prohibit eating on the trolley (though beverages with screw-top lids are allowed), while PETCO Park bans fans from bringing drinks other than bottled water into the park (though the Cracker Jack should be allowed).

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Visduh April 4, 2013 @ 6:05 p.m.

This is such a pathetically small gesture that I have a hard time with the notion that it merits any news coverage at all. A total of 450 riders will get a "freebie" that costs MTS no more than a dollar apiece? The cost of hiring or paying the people who hand that out will more than exceed the worth of the gift. Dave, I hope that you reported this with "tongue in cheek."


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