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Old 09-27-2014, 06:07 PM
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hello guys,i am writing to try to help out my sister. she is just 18 and she has a full time job. the problem is that her commute is awful. she does not have a car and her dad works in Glendale and can't take her to her job. she has to take the bus from basically Santa Monica/Western to Wilshire/26th. this is basically rush hour in both directions and she is very frustrated by the crowded buses and the slow moving traffic. she takes the 207 to wilshire/western and then the 720 to wilshire and 26th. i really want to help her out,she calls me alot after work crying because she is so tired and stressed out. as her big brother,it is frustrating that i can't offer any suggestions. does anyone here have any suggestions as how to better this commute and beat the traffic? she works from 9 AM to 6 PM. any help would be grateful.
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Old 09-27-2014, 06:49 PM
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Rush hour commutes, especially west-east and east-west in SoCal are awful. No other way around it, except move closer to your job, find another job, or move out of SoCal altogether.
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Old 09-28-2014, 05:32 PM
Location: Los Angeles
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Can she commute way earlier than rush hour and find a nearby coffee shop to have breakfast and do other things? Or join a gym around work and use that time to work out? Then leave later than rush hour, and similarly use that time in the vicinity of her job?

If you don't have flexibility in working hours, commuting sucks if you don't live near your job and are going the same direction as everyone else. If she does a job that doesn't require her to have 9-6 hours, she might ask if she can work four ten-hour days or off-peak hours (like 7 am to 4 pm).

She might also consider asking around at her work about ride-share, if someone else commutes the same direction. Then she could pitch in for gas and not be on the bus.
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:26 PM
Location: South Bay
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Couldn't she take the 704 and avoid the transfer? Traffic won't be much better, but it will be a one seat ride.
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