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Old 01-09-2017, 06:55 PM
 
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Hey, I will be moving to the Los Angeles area within the next month. I have a really good housing situation with friends in downtown Los Angeles but my job will be in downtown Long Beach. I know I should probably live in Long Beach, but I would rather live in downtown Los Angeles. I know the commute Long Beach to Los Angeles would be rough but what about the opposite? I feel like I would be going the opposite way of the traffic because most people would commute from Long Beach into LA and I would be going the other way. Any thoughts? Anyone ever done this commute?
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Old 01-09-2017, 09:17 PM
 
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There is no opposite traffic in LA. 1-1.5 hours in rush hour depending on accidents
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Old 01-09-2017, 11:36 PM
 
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There is no opposite traffic in LA. 1-1.5 hours in rush hour depending on accidents
I disagree. Once you get south of the 10 or east of the 5 the traffic is very light. Long Beach are is large so you might run into street traffic. Even the 405 south is light from the 110. I'd say you'll typically spend 45 minutes on the freeway at most. To and from the freeway is the variable.
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Old 01-10-2017, 12:05 AM
 
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Hey, I will be moving to the Los Angeles area within the next month. I have a really good housing situation with friends in downtown Los Angeles but my job will be in downtown Long Beach. I know I should probably live in Long Beach, but I would rather live in downtown Los Angeles. I know the commute Long Beach to Los Angeles would be rough but what about the opposite? I feel like I would be going the opposite way of the traffic because most people would commute from Long Beach into LA and I would be going the other way. Any thoughts? Anyone ever done this commute?
Why not commute on the blue line between Downtown LA and Long Beach? Assuming your office in L.B. is not too far from the Blue Line?

I work in downtown LA and several co-workers do the opposite (Live in Long Beach and work in DTLA). I think going in your direction you will hit less traffic. It won't be smooth sailing the whole way but less traffic than coming from the other direction.
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:59 AM
 
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There is no opposite traffic in LA. 1-1.5 hours in rush hour depending on accidents
really?
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:00 AM
 
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Really? That long?
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:03 AM
 
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I disagree. Once you get south of the 10 or east of the 5 the traffic is very light. Long Beach are is large so you might run into street traffic. Even the 405 south is light from the 110. I'd say you'll typically spend 45 minutes on the freeway at most. To and from the freeway is the variable.
So it won't be that bad? I was hoping, I know traffic is bad but dang a hour and a half for 25 miles?
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:05 AM
 
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Why not commute on the blue line between Downtown LA and Long Beach? Assuming your office in L.B. is not too far from the Blue Line?

I work in downtown LA and several co-workers do the opposite (Live in Long Beach and work in DTLA). I think going in your direction you will hit less traffic. It won't be smooth sailing the whole way but less traffic than coming from the other direction.
I heard that I should use the Blue Line but I am not from there and I have heard that it can be dangerous, so I am just trying to avoid that but if it's not too bad I will consider it for sure. If the driving commute is not too bad, then I may do that. I think I will be working 7 am -4pm
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Old 01-10-2017, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Downtown Los Angeles, CA
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I work in downtown LA and several co-workers do the opposite (Live in Long Beach and work in DTLA).
Ditto. Work DTLA and co-workers commute from LB.

Your answer is the Blue Line.

The Blue Line, although the worst line of them all, is consistent and depending where you are in both areas should take about an hour. My co-workers from LB are both fragile women, one 55 and one 30. Over the past ~5years they've developed some minor horror stories but honestly you're going to have stories regardless of what line you ride. On the Blue Line you'll also have cell reception so if you're able to work remote you're in a good position to do so.
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Old 11-08-2018, 03:43 AM
 
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Remember that Long Beach is a huge, active port city. The heavy trucks use the freeways day and night. I have lived here just over a year and enjoy it Very friendly neighbors in my part of the city.Extensive expansion of the waterfront is planned. It is a growing city. My daughter is a nurse near downtown and does not complain. Los Angeles = traffic ..No one seems to work where they live. lol I lived in Venice Beach on the canals and really don't miss it. So while there is no scenic drive, I would live in LB before downtown. I had a biz on 6th and Spring for over 20 years. When the sun goes down, a different population emerges. The homeless problem is a challenge especially downtown....some estimate over 40,000. Let me know what you decide.
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