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Old 12-10-2011, 08:33 PM
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Hi, I'm looking at an apartment complex for a friend, the one next to the Del Mar Pasadena station. How convenient is it to go USC? Is it reliable? I understand you have to take a tram from Union Station?

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Old 12-11-2011, 04:19 PM
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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The Gold Line runs from Pasadena to Downtown LA (union station). Peak hours trains run every 5 to 10 minutes. Yes, the trains are reliable.

The downside for you to consider is the number of transfers required to get all the way to USC.

The "Expo Line" is a light rail line set to open in Jan 2012 which includes two stations at USC.

To go from Del Mar station in Pasadena to USC you would have to do the following:
1. Gold Line (Del Mar to Union Station)
2. Transfer at Union Station to the Red Line (subway) to the 7th Street Metro stop
3. Transfer at 7th Street Metro stop to the Expo Line (take Expo line to USC)

The Downtown Connector will eventually make it possible to ride the train from Pasadena all the way without a tranfer but that won't happen for another 7 years.

In the meantime, your friend would have to board three trains to make it all the way to USC. At peak hours that wouldn't too bad. But might be a pain at off peak hours.
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:03 AM
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Until the Expo Line opens (and that January 2012 opening date isn't necessarily set in stone, the Expo Line has been plagued with delays (was originally supposed to open in 2010!)), could take the Gold Line to the Red Line, as listed above, get off at the 7th St/Metro Center station, go up to the street and get the DASH "F" route, which will take you down to USC via Figueroa St. DASH doesn't not accept MTA passes or transfers but the fare is only $0.50. Good luck!
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:17 AM
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tranistfan is correct for commute until Expo line opens. During the rush, Gold Line trains operate 6-7 minutes frequency and Red & Purple line subway provide combined service at every 5 minutes. The big stinker is one you arrive at LAUPT on the Gold Line, you have to trek downstairs then go along the tunnel for a bit, then turn and make way downstairs first to mezzanine, then platform level to the subway. That is probably the most time-consuming and athletic (you have to do that in reverse in the afternoon rush going UP) portion of the commute, but a young person should be able to handle it. I see women in pumps do it. Even the Metrolink commuters don't have it that hard as they have ramps.

I would say that living in Pasadena outweighs the stair master commute to the Metro Gold Line platform at Union Station. The USC area is sketchy and downtown is filled with snotty USC party hardy students and pin-head hipsters who don't pick-up after their dog's doo-doo.

You need to investigate the USC provided shuttles at Union Station and compare that to the DASH F, and local MTA bus service to the campus.
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:05 AM
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Hi Flowergirl,

I often travel via gold line from USC to Pasadena. What previous posters may not know is that USC actually provides a super safe, super easy shuttle bus from Union Station (US) to the main campus ("UPC") (and even the medical Health Sciences Campus in Alhambra). After getting to US, it takes about 4-7 minutes (one city block) to walk to the shuttle. You walk down the stairs (or if you can't take stairs there is a convenient elevator), walk 1 block in the US bldg, then walk up (or take the escalator) to exit US. The shuttle is right there, parked at the exit. Once you get on the USC shuttle, it takes about 30 minutes (or if no traffic 15 min). Many students and employees commute via the shuttle bus.

From US to UPC, it runs from 6:00AM to 2:12PM, Monday-Friday. Less frequent (hourly) after 10am.

Leaving USC "UPC" to Union Station Service from 7:00AM to 10:00PM, Monday-Friday. Can't vouch for US safety after dark since I haven't been myself. The USC tram, however. is 100% safe.

Check this link for updated times: Auxiliary Services | Transportation | Bus Maps & Schedules
Note, you have to click on two separate links (one for each direction) for the times.

On the same page, you can see that USC offers trams to Marina del rey and Playa Vista, close to other apartment complexes. As long as your friend can arrive at 9:30am earliest at USC and can leave at 5:30pm latest, that's a good option too.
Good luck!
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