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Old 04-25-2011, 02:16 AM
 
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I recently got a job at UCLA and I'm planning on moving to the Miracle Mile area. I've read different accounts concerning how bad traffic can be. Is it really that bad? How long should I expect the commute to be? Are there any shortcuts that can be used to cut down on time?
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Old 04-25-2011, 02:30 AM
 
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It depends on what time. It's a straight shot down Wilshire and not that far, but During rush hour I think the commute could easily be 45 minutes to an hour. In light traffic, maybe 20 minutes.

There actually is a shortcut. It's a little weird but you may consider writing it down since it bypasses major Wilshire traffic.

From the UCLA campus:

-Hilgard Avenue to Comstock Ave
-Comstock Ave curves diagonally southeast till Wilshire
-Go on Wilshire Blvd briefly past the LA country club
-At the entrance to Beverly Hills just pass Whittier and before SMB (this is when traffic usually halts), go left on to Carmelita
-Take Carmelita through Beverly Hills. It's residential and has stop signs at every block, but always moves.
-Carmelita ends at Doheny Drive.
-Connect from Doheny Dr immediately left onto Santa Monica Blvd
-Go briefly east on Santa Monica and turn right on San Vicente Blvd
-Take San Vicente straight down southeast till you get to Wilshire (again, making use of the diagonal southeast street rather than straight then down)
-Wilshire Blvd and San Vicente Blvd is just west of Fairfax, the entrance to Miracle Mile
^ or if Wilshire is so terrible, you can take San Vicente to 6th Street, which runs parallel north of Wilshire and then make a right on the approrpiate street
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Old 04-25-2011, 03:02 AM
 
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Thanks for your detailed reply!

So with the shortcut, how long does it take and/or how much time does it save?

Also, since I'm not from the area, what times would be considered rush hour or a bad time to drive in the area?

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Old 04-25-2011, 02:24 PM
 
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Probably 7:30 am to 9:30 am and 3 pm to 7 pm will be the worst times.

The shortcut will still take 30-35 minutes probably. It's slow and tedious, but you almost never encounter traffic.
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Old 04-25-2011, 02:31 PM
 
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Probably 7:30 am to 9:30 am and 3 pm to 7 pm will be the worst times.

The shortcut will still take 30-35 minutes probably. It's slow and tedious, but you almost never encounter traffic.
I followed the directions you gave, and there are a lot of turns and what not. So in your experience, during rush hour and times of heavy traffic along Wilshire or parallel streets, even though the shortcut is windy, has a lot of stops, and seems to take longer, during busy times, it should only take 30-35 minutes? Sound about right?

If that's the case, that works for me, haha!
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Old 04-25-2011, 04:12 PM
 
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I haven't timed it in a while. But I remember I used to do a similar route from UCLA (where I went to school) to Hancock Park (where I had a job) and it usually took about 45 minutes with that route (as opposed to well over an hour just taking Wilshire). Hancock Park is a little further east than Miracle Mile, so 35 minutes should be about right.
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