U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California > Los Angeles
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 02-10-2010, 06:07 PM
 
73 posts, read 175,852 times
Reputation: 22

Advertisements

Hi there,

I will be using the bus to get around the south bay and westside of LA next month. But I've never used it before, so I don't understand how it works. Will someone please fill me in? Thanks!

~I'd especially like to know how to get from Hollywood to Westwood.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 02-10-2010, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Glendale/Los Angeles
571 posts, read 1,672,113 times
Reputation: 238
You go to Metro | Getting Around | LA Metro Home and type in where you are going and what time. It will tell you where and when the bus will come. There are schedules with maps and route information that you can print off from online or grab from onboard the bus. But don't count on them to always be there though - lol. Sometimes they have the completely wrong buses schedules onboard. Then you can either pay in cash ($1.25) or you can purchase a day pass (used to be $3 now I think it's $5..?) Or a monthly pass (I think it's about $70 now..?) Also the driver's are (usually) good about helping you know where to go if you are lost.

I took the bus here for almost 4 years going ALL OVER. It's not that bad. People like to complain about it but coming from Houston where there was hardly any public transportation I was just very grateful I could get to work from my house and back.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-10-2010, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles......So. Calif. an Island on the Land
736 posts, read 1,958,784 times
Reputation: 466
Best option from Hollywood to Westwood is the "Metro Rapid" bus (subway does NOT run to Westwood). Basically, the Metro Rapid is an express bus that will get you there MUCH faster. These are the LONG, RED buses.

Here's the LA metro website for ALL bus and rail info:

Metro | Getting Around | LA Metro Home

You will probably want to get to the Wilshire Blvd line from Hollwyood and go all the way to Wilshire/Westwood blvd. The buses are clean but can get crowded.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-10-2010, 07:55 PM
 
Location: NY State
23 posts, read 50,485 times
Reputation: 21
Is the bus system efficient enough in LA where I will be OK without a car, at least for the first few months? I'd be coming from NYC where I absolutely have never needed a car, even to get to suburbs in NJ/CT/NY/PA... so the lack of good public transportation thing does freak me out. Even when I get a car, I'd rather not have to drive it to work every morning. Traffic seems like a headache. Are buses just totally packed in the morning for a commute or is it realistic to think I might commute to work by bus?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-10-2010, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Glendale/Los Angeles
571 posts, read 1,672,113 times
Reputation: 238
It won't be as good as NYC but it is possible. It might not be the same as it was in NYC where you can have a car but not use it. In L.A. I think you would get too tempted to use your car. Traffic is better than the bus. It's not so much that the bus system is bad it's just the crowding, waiting for the bus, etc. At least some of the lines I took. It all depends on which bus lines you are taking. Taking the bus through the ghetto can suck. Taking the bus through the nicer areas is better - much less crowded - tend to be rapid lines that go faster, etc. But again I did it for 4 years. At times taking up to 3 buses to get to work and back again.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-10-2010, 08:26 PM
 
10,630 posts, read 22,753,005 times
Reputation: 6687
I lived in LA without driving without problems. As long as you get a map and get used to reading the schedules (or looking at the metro website) you should be fine (assuming you're living in somewhere like Hollywood or Westwood). I agree that the Rapids are the best bet whenever you have that option.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-10-2010, 08:29 PM
 
Location: NY State
23 posts, read 50,485 times
Reputation: 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tasksgirl View Post
It won't be as good as NYC but it is possible. It might not be the same as it was in NYC where you can have a car but not use it. In L.A. I think you would get too tempted to use your car. Traffic is better than the bus. It's not so much that the bus system is bad it's just the crowding, waiting for the bus, etc. At least some of the lines I took. It all depends on which bus lines you are taking. Taking the bus through the ghetto can suck. Taking the bus through the nicer areas is better - much less crowded - tend to be rapid lines that go faster, etc. But again I did it for 4 years. At times taking up to 3 buses to get to work and back again.
Thanks, that's really helpful to know! I am a little weirded out by the having to use a car so much thing after coming from NY, but I know that isn't the norm and in any other city I'd be spending more time in the car. The job I'm pursuing right now is in what I assume is considered Echo Park - near W. Sunset and N. Alvarado. Ideally I'd be finding a living space close by in Echo Park, Silverlake, or Los Feliz. Moving from a sort of Latino, sort of hipster neighborhood in Brooklyn that I loved, I feel those might be the most comparable 'hoods. I also like older feel apartments/houses as opposed to the more modern "porn pads." How's getting from those hoods to where the job would be by bus? I'm involved with the music industry so I do go to shows a lot and would love to be able to take the bus to most major venues as well, but that's secondary to getting to work/home.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-10-2010, 08:38 PM
 
10,630 posts, read 22,753,005 times
Reputation: 6687
Quote:
Originally Posted by xartiswhy View Post
Thanks, that's really helpful to know! I am a little weirded out by the having to use a car so much thing after coming from NY, but I know that isn't the norm and in any other city I'd be spending more time in the car. The job I'm pursuing right now is in what I assume is considered Echo Park - near W. Sunset and N. Alvarado. Ideally I'd be finding a living space close by in Echo Park, Silverlake, or Los Feliz. Moving from a sort of Latino, sort of hipster neighborhood in Brooklyn that I loved, I feel those might be the most comparable 'hoods. I also like older feel apartments/houses as opposed to the more modern "porn pads." How's getting from those hoods to where the job would be by bus? I'm involved with the music industry so I do go to shows a lot and would love to be able to take the bus to most major venues as well, but that's secondary to getting to work/home.
You should check out a book called Faces of Sunset Boulevard; it's a great photo-filled book that traces a bus route up Sunset through all the neighborhoods you mentioned (and beyond), complete with photos and stories of all sorts of people encountered along the way. It really gives a flavor for the area. Plus, it's just an all-around beautiful and fascinating book.

It's a straight shot by bus to your work from any of the neighborhoods you mention, by the way. Very easy.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-10-2010, 08:54 PM
 
Location: NY State
23 posts, read 50,485 times
Reputation: 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by uptown_urbanist View Post
You should check out a book called Faces of Sunset Boulevard; it's a great photo-filled book that traces a bus route up Sunset through all the neighborhoods you mentioned (and beyond), complete with photos and stories of all sorts of people encountered along the way. It really gives a flavor for the area. Plus, it's just an all-around beautiful and fascinating book.

It's a straight shot by bus to your work from any of the neighborhoods you mention, by the way. Very easy.
Awesome! This is so good to hear. Don't get me wrong, I love driving on road trips and spending time in my car that way, but was a bit apprehensive about having to drive to my office building. I'm a freelance photographer slash journalist and live for that kind of stuff so I'll definitely check that book out The neighborhoods I mentioned I researched thoroughly and they just seem to have a bit of that eclectic feel while still being pretty "safe."
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-10-2010, 09:20 PM
 
Location: South Bay
7,091 posts, read 18,421,358 times
Reputation: 3323
sounds like you'll be fine in the echo park/silverlake area. get a bike and you'll be fine between that set of wheels and the bus. the only concern with your office location is that it will be very close to dodger stadium, so you'll have to deal with the added traffic on game days.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California > Los Angeles
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top