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Old 09-27-2007, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Hi! Need some more commuting advice.

I'm considering a job that allows me to work at home but might require travel to Big Bear (from Ventura) once every week or two. (Hopefully less)

Does anyone have any suggestions as to:
1. which route to take by car,

2. and whether there are commuter busses, trains, or planes that I could take, instead?

I don't know if I'll be travelling on weekdays or weekends.

Thanks!
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Old 09-27-2007, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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If I were doing it, I would leave at 5AM and take the 101/134/210 route so by 630 or so I would already be on the east side LA metro going east pretty much against the traffic, getting to Big Bear around 830-900AM. (I think the 210 goes all the way through in Rialto now???)

Other options:

If traveling during rush hour consider 126 to the 14 via soledad canyon, then the Pearblossom Highway 18 to Big Bear

OR

118 to the 405/5 to the 14 to Pearblossom Highway

If you take either of these desert routes, stop at Charlie Browns in Pearblossom and get a date shake.

Welcome to CHARLIE BROWN FARMS at www.charliebrownfarms.com
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Louisville/LA
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it may be expensive, but once in a while you could take a flight to Ontario airport and take some kind of bus maybe or just rent a cheap car. but couldnt you put stuff like that down as work related and then they must reimburse you?
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Old 09-27-2007, 07:41 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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may I suggest a helicopter. thats a drive, once every two weeks you deal with once a week is a bit much IMO
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Old 09-28-2007, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Thanks for the suggestions. Are there any bus lines that run out that way? I don't know the frequency yet. Hopefully it will be more like once a month or less.
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Old 09-28-2007, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Thanks for the suggestions. Are there any bus lines that run out that way? I don't know the frequency yet. Hopefully it will be more like once a month or less.
Probably not anything direct or convenient. Drive it and time it to beat traffic. That is basically your only choice.
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Old 09-29-2007, 02:40 PM
 
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Hi! Need some more commuting advice.

I'm considering a job that allows me to work at home but might require travel to Big Bear (from Ventura) once every week or two. (Hopefully less)

Does anyone have any suggestions as to:
1. which route to take by car,

2. and whether there are commuter busses, trains, or planes that I could take, instead?

I don't know if I'll be travelling on weekdays or weekends.

Thanks!
Hey, again, sponger42. Once every week or two might actually be doable, but not by trains and buses, at least not in a one-day round trip. I second Charles' route between Ventura and Big Bear through the Santa Clara River Valley and over the high desert: 126/5/14/Pearblossom-Cutoff/138/18.

Pros: less traffic, somewhat scenic.
Cons: 138 east of Palmdale is a bloody and deadly highway.
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Old 09-29-2007, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Thanks for the info. Actually, it looks like I won't have to go to Big Bear, but Santa Monica instead.

Was looking at apartments today. Found one that had really awesome views and size but pricey and in kind of a remote location. Found another one that was reasonable and in a good location, but no good views. Oh well. Lot's of prospects, no perfect matches yet.
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Old 09-29-2007, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Louisville/LA
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so you mean you won't live in venutra and you'll be looking for a place in Santa Monica?

what's your price range and we can tell you some of the best places nearby.
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Old 10-01-2007, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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No, the commute will be from Ventura to Santa Monica rather than from Ventura to Big Bear.
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