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Old 03-11-2012, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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MTA Los angeles is quite extensive and faster than you would think. There is a bus line on almost every major street in this mostly square grid city. I think it was 15 years ago, they introduced the rapid buses which quickly sped up one's commute. In addition, the subway and light rails allowed faster a commute to many points of interest. When I was a student, I use to carry around a dozen folded bus timetable for all the buses and alternate buses I used. Many bus stops just have a bus number telling it's end destination, but there aren't maps. Newer buses will say your stop or flash the oncoming stop, but older buses sometimes do neither. I remember seeing someone who didn't know the bus route and later asked the driver where their particular stop was; it was 5 stops back. Know where you are going and plan well. A smartphone are very handy these days, and there is site or app you can use to tell when your next bus is. Good luck and avoid rush hour on long distances.
Most buses I have been on has a monitor that display a Google map of the route. Sometimes they are playing Transit TV and don't have the map up, but other than that there is usually a map. Very helpful.
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Old 03-11-2012, 02:55 PM
 
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I thank all of you and I'm reminded of the saying "great success comes from simple preparation"
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:13 PM
 
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Most buses I have been on has a monitor that display a Google map of the route. Sometimes they are playing Transit TV and don't have the map up, but other than that there is usually a map. Very helpful.
Must be nice having a real bus system.
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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ALWAYS use the rapid buses when you can.

ALWAYS use rail when you can.

The normal Metro buses are fine but slower. I've had instances of the bus not stopping where it should or skipping stops. Metro is always messing with the routes and pissing me off. Rapid and Rail are always consistent.

Also there is the LA Metro bus system but there are also other bus systems. The Westside, for example, has the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus to go along with the Metro buses. The BBB I prefer to the Metro buses. There is also the DASH buses which are cheaper but not as nice and just a worse experience all around. I've only used the Dash to get to the Fashion District. Most of the Dash routes don't even run on weekends. SGV has the foot hills transit and there are other bus services for certain areas.

Metro uses a Tap card which they've tried to integrate with the other bus systems. It hasn't been successfully integrated so be careful of that nonsense. Some lines offer free transfer to Metro.

There is also Metrolink which is commuter rail. It's very expensive and only good if you are a commuter or you have a day trip planned to place far from the city core.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:00 PM
 
Location: LBC
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New Yorker who grew up half-a-block from the subway. Unfortunately I don't have a driver's license
That doesn't stop half of our drivers.

The bus system works fine.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Armsanta Sorad
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You're better off renting a car. The Metro buses are too crowded and it takes a while to wait for one. If it's crowded, most likely it will pass by.

And the bus fair is over $1.25 last time I checked.
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:12 AM
 
Location: LBC
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You're better off renting a car. The Metro buses are too crowded and it takes a while to wait for one. If it's crowded, most likely it will pass by.

And the bus fair is over $1.25 last time I checked.
He didn't ask about "car vs bus". He doesn't even have a drivers license.

Maybe our "car or stay home" stereotype is deserved, after all.
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:28 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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That doesn't stop half of our drivers.
If One Bill Gil gets his way that will change. California assemblyman to try again on driver's licenses for illegal immigrants - San Jose Mercury News
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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You're better off renting a car. The Metro buses are too crowded and it takes a while to wait for one. If it's crowded, most likely it will pass by.

And the bus fair is over $1.25 last time I checked.
It's a 1.50 for a ride, five bucks for a day pass. At this point the cost of a gallon of gas is almost as much as an entire day of transit access. I don't see how a car is more economical at all.

And a bus has passed me by because it was full one time in the year and a half I have lived here. The next bus was five minutes away. Are you sure it wasn't a Rapid Bus and you were waiting for the local service?
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:05 AM
 
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Also there is the LA Metro bus system but there are also other bus systems. The Westside, for example, has the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus to go along with the Metro buses. The BBB I prefer to the Metro buses. There is also the DASH buses which are cheaper but not as nice and just a worse experience all around. I've only used the Dash to get to the Fashion District. Most of the Dash routes don't even run on weekends. SGV has the foot hills transit and there are other bus services for certain areas.
Aren't the DASH buses cheaper than the Metro buses? Can one use the Metro TAP card on the DASH buses?
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