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Old 06-20-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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I'm looking to be moving out to LA in the next 6 months or so. My gf and I are both searching for jobs. When I do my online search, I put a 50 mile radius from downtown LA. There is a job in Anaheim that sounds really interesting to me, so I googled the distance and its roughly 25 miles away from downtown, google also says that it's 1h40min in traffic.

So, doing the math, that's 15 mph!!! That's crawling! So my question is, is this traffic everyday M-F in rush hour and worse if there is an accident? How do people do this??????? In CT it could take about an hour to drive 25miles in the morning/evening...but almost double that !!
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:37 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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I'm looking to be moving out to LA in the next 6 months or so. My gf and I are both searching for jobs. When I do my online search, I put a 50 mile radius from downtown LA. There is a job in Anaheim that sounds really interesting to me, so I googled the distance and its roughly 25 miles away from downtown, google also says that it's 1h40min in traffic.

So, doing the math, that's 15 mph!!! That's crawling! So my question is, is this traffic everyday M-F in rush hour and worse if there is an accident? How do people do this??????? In CT it could take about an hour to drive 25miles in the morning/evening...but almost double that !!
1h40m is not out of line for that commute, the 5 freeway is terrible. honestly, it would probably be shorter most days, but rarely less than an hour during normal commuting hours.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:31 PM
 
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If you get a job in Anaheim you don't move to downtown LA. That would be silly wouldn't it?
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:46 PM
 
Location: L.A., CA
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In L.A., the temporal length of your commute varies with the physical route you take. I can easy see a 25-mile commute south to Anaheim taking 1.5 to 2 hours - but if you were heading to the San Gabriel Valley, on wider freeways that get less traffic than the 5 South, the same distance would probably take 30-40 minutes.

How do we do it? Most of us live close to where we work, or work from home.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Portland, other times LA
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why the heck would you take a job in Anahiem and live in LA? Makes no sense
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:27 PM
 
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Though if you can take the Metrolink from Downtown LA to one of the Anaheim stops, it's probably not bad at all. This presumes you can get to work in Anaheim from the station.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I'm looking to be moving out to LA in the next 6 months or so. My gf and I are both searching for jobs. When I do my online search, I put a 50 mile radius from downtown LA. There is a job in Anaheim that sounds really interesting to me, so I googled the distance and its roughly 25 miles away from downtown, google also says that it's 1h40min in traffic.

So, doing the math, that's 15 mph!!! That's crawling! So my question is, is this traffic everyday M-F in rush hour and worse if there is an accident? How do people do this??????? In CT it could take about an hour to drive 25miles in the morning/evening...but almost double that !!
There may be rail options either metrolink or metro light rail (or even amtrak) that could potentially make that a doable commute but there are a lot of "if"s.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Down town LA is not like any city you might have seen. All tall buildings but they are all businesses. On the outskirts of LA are some apartments, but really why? If you are looking to work in Anaheim, live in Anaheim.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:51 PM
 
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I used to commute daily from the USC area to the Fullerton area. It usually was about an hour by car, or 90 minutes on the bus. The traffic is about 15 or 20 mph on the LA side, but it clears up a little once you hit OC.

Still, this commute is not recommended. If I were you, I'd make my maximum radius of search about 15 miles.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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We don't measure distance in miles in Los Angeles. We measure in time.

Metrolink would probably be fastest, provided the job is near the Metrolink station, but Metrolink is so expensive.
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