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Old 06-16-2011, 06:37 PM
 
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:22 PM
 
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As others have said, really depends on what you like to do. For example, if you lived and worked downtown, you might be ok. Getting to the beach by bus wouldn't hurt too bad.

SD's public transportation is passable during daylight hours. The problem is at night when buses and the trolley(lol) run so sporadically. Cabs are expensive as they are everywhere.
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:54 PM
 
Location: New York City/San Diego, CA
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Los Angeles is quite a bit better for living without a car. More frequent schedules, decent subway system and politicians who realize that mass transit is important. In five years, with all of the proposed rail projects on the docket, including connections directly to the airport and the blue line to Santa Moncia, LA will be a different place.
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:10 AM
 
Location: 92037
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Los Angeles is quite a bit better for living without a car. More frequent schedules, decent subway system and politicians who realize that mass transit is important. In five years, with all of the proposed rail projects on the docket, including connections directly to the airport and the blue line to Santa Moncia, LA will be a different place.
I have been following the plans for the expanded subway in LA for the past couple of months and it looks incredible. The LA Times covers it pretty well.

Hopefully there arent too many problems and red tape along the way.
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Mission Hills, San Diego
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I am not expert, but the problem I see with LA is about how spread out it is. What are the odds of living, working and hanging out in connected areas? SD does not have the best system, but there is a good chance you could work downtown and live and play in near downtown areas-I find the neighborhoods I like best-north park, south park, hillcrest , golden hill, downtown are all so close. I rarely even go to mission valley unless I need to hit Ikea or maybe target and this is only once every 3 months-and still MV is only 4 miles away.
...the only place I need to get to more than a few miles away is the beach and sometimes a run up the coast. Before I lived here I used public transportation to get to the beach and loved it. No parking, no hassle, have a cocktail, relax. car ownership is over-rated. I am trying very hard to cut the tether, but since it only costs us insurance, tags and an oil a change a year it has been worth it to keep it.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:05 PM
 
Location: 92037
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I am not expert, but the problem I see with LA is about how spread out it is. What are the odds of living, working and hanging out in connected areas? SD does not have the best system, but there is a good chance you could work downtown and live and play in near downtown areas-I find the neighborhoods I like best-north park, south park, hillcrest , golden hill, downtown are all so close. I rarely even go to mission valley unless I need to hit Ikea or maybe target and this is only once every 3 months-and still MV is only 4 miles away.
...the only place I need to get to more than a few miles away is the beach and sometimes a run up the coast. Before I lived here I used public transportation to get to the beach and loved it. No parking, no hassle, have a cocktail, relax. car ownership is over-rated. I am trying very hard to cut the tether, but since it only costs us insurance, tags and an oil a change a year it has been worth it to keep it.
I am in Lemon Grove which takes ~25 mins to get to the 12th and Imperial stop on the Orange Line downtown. Its terrific on weekends to just either ride my bike down there or just hop on the trolley.
I would say its more about conditioning when it comes to choosing mass transit as an initial choice.

I dont know, perhaps because I grew up taking the subway in NYC its just a way to get from point A to point B. All I know is that it works for what I know I am going to use it for.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:24 PM
 
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It's possible but I wouldn't want to do it. Like others said you will spend a lot of time commuting or asking for others with a car to help you (fill in the blank). I think you should want to explore the vast area which is San Diego. There are so many great things around San Diego that you could miss out on. I did know people who survived with just a bike but again you would need help in the transportation area at some point guaranteed.
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Old 06-18-2011, 07:48 AM
 
Location: 92037
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It's possible but I wouldn't want to do it. Like others said you will spend a lot of time commuting or asking for others with a car to help you (fill in the blank). I think you should want to explore the vast area which is San Diego. There are so many great things around San Diego that you could miss out on. I did know people who survived with just a bike but again you would need help in the transportation area at some point guaranteed.
Totally agree
Its by no means "there" yet in terms of its frequency. From what I see they have planned, it looks VERY promising but we are talking 2050 maybe?! haha Throw in some red tape in there and bureaucracy and maybe tack on another 20 years. We'll revisit the forum and ask "remember when..."
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Old 06-18-2011, 06:39 PM
 
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Is it possible to get around San Diego on public transportation conveniently without owning a car or having to drive?
No.
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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I had a job interview on Friday morning at 9:00 downtown. I took the #15 bus at 8:12am, and was downtown in 20 minutes. I was at my destination before the person interviewing me was even there.

It can work if you want it to work. It's much easier taking public transporation if you're in the city, though. I take it all the time, and it saves me over $100 per month in gas. I drive as an option.
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