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    The 49ers played their final preseason game against the San Diego Chargers Thursday night. It was a final tune-up for the players before the regular season starts and a chance for coaches to find room for improvement. Transportation agencies like VTA were making similar adjustments outside of the stadium. Ian Cull reports. (Published Friday, Sept. 4, 2015)

    The 49ers played their final preseason game against the San Diego Chargers Thursday night.

    It was a final tune-up for the players before the regular season starts and a chance for coaches to find room for improvement. Outside the stadium, transportation agencies like VTA were making similar adjustments.

    The 49ers will host two weekday games this season. One is the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 14. The other against the Seattle Seahawks is Oct. 22.

    VTA employees could be seen monitoring the light rail platforms, and monitoring the foot traffic.

    More than 8,200 people rode VTA to Thursday’s game. That's slightly less than the 10,000 average riders for regular season games. For weekday games, those fans are in addition to the 36,000 people who commute on VTA.

    "It was easier parking over there [and riding here] than trying to get through traffic over here so, it only took me about 10 minutes," Darrell Gutierrez said.

    Danny Odgers agreed.

    "I [rode VTA] to be able to leave and get home sooner because it takes a while to get out of here," he said. 

    VTA spokeswoman Brandi Childress says the agency has increased game-day efficiency since last season. VTA will have extra trains for fans and commuters during the 49ers' two upcoming weekday games.

    "We have our operation plan down and know what to expect with a full season under our belts. So we're ready for the 2015 season," Childress said.

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