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Old 10-04-2009, 12:11 PM
 
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The 10 is a nightmare from 8 (maybe even earlier)to around 9:30. Try 110S and then 105W and go up the 405 to Santa Monica. I'm not sure what the 105/405 interchange is like, but if that's bad, I'd just take the 110S, exit at Washington Bl and take Venice Bl all the way to La Cienega, go north and then continue west along Pico Bl to Santa Monica. From the Washington Bl exit to Pico and Bundy should take around 30 minutes.
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Old 10-04-2009, 12:18 PM
 
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The 10 is a nightmare from 8 (maybe even earlier)to around 9:30. Try 110S and then 105W and go up the 405 to Santa Monica. I'm not sure what the 105/405 interchange is like, but if that's bad, I'd just take the 110S, exit at Washington Bl and take Venice Bl all the way to La Cienega, go north and then continue west along Pico Bl to Santa Monica. From the Washington Bl exit to Pico and Bundy should take around 30 minutes.
The 110 to the 105 to the 405 is along ways around with traffic just as bad or worse than just taking the 10. I know the 105 to the 405 is slow and the 405 north is a crawl.

To the OP, you've gotten lots of good suggestions and although this is a hard commute at least you have options. Try it different ways on different days and see which you like best. The freeway is a mind numbing crawl but usually consistent. The streets can be a nice diversion but there are a lot more obstacles like buses and broken stop lights and school zones.
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:36 AM
 
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I think all the freeways are bad because people gravitate towards them.

The surface streets are harder to figure out because some run east to west and other run west to east (stop lights at certain hours). You have to figure out which way the lights run on the street you are on.

I realize this must sound sort of strange but basically, if you can get on a street and go a consistant 35 mph or so and not hit any red lights, you are on a street that goes in your direction. You'll often find the next biggest ones above and below it go in the opposite direction.

A good example is Oxnard Street in the SFV. You can go from Burbank to Sepulveda Blvd. in Van Nuys in around 15 minutes. The lights are all timed for people going East to West. You might have to stop for one or two, but no more than that.
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