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Old 06-11-2012, 10:35 AM
 
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Hello, I am planning on moving to Playa Vista and I want to find out how long the commute will be from Playa Vista to Van Nuys and back for work. I would probably leave at 7am and return from work at 4-430pm. I know the 405 is a nightmare but I have only traveled it during rush hr in the opposite direction (405 S in the am and 405 N in the PM) which is awful. I am hoping the reverse is better. Any help is appreciated
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:51 AM
 
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that shouldn't be too bad of a commute, should be under an hour most days. i commuted from the marina to sherman oaks the marina for quite a while and it could be anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes, usually around 30-35 though. the toughest part for you will be the stretch of the 405 from the 10 to the 90 which will give you trouble in both the am and pm.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:33 PM
 
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I love how under one hour to and from work is considered "not-bad" in LA. In most other parts of the country you would be in another state if you drove one hour in any direction!
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:50 PM
 
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at 7am you should be able to get to van nuys within 30min. It's always the afternoon traffic that's unpredictably slow, especially now with all the 405 construction.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:50 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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I love how under one hour to and from work is considered "not-bad" in LA. In most other parts of the country you would be in another state if you drove one hour in any direction!
Yup. Such is life here.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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I love how under one hour to and from work is considered "not-bad" in LA. In most other parts of the country you would be in another state if you drove one hour in any direction!
I love how LAers think traffic congestion is somehow unique to LA. Have you never been to Boston, New York, Philly, or DC? Spending in excess of an hour stuck in traffic commuting to and from work is typical in these cities as well, and with far less forgiving highways might I add. LA's freeway system is light years ahead of those in Boston, Philly, and DC, what with alternate routes and 4+ lanes in each direction. I think if you spent some time in any of the Northeastern cities, you'd find Socal doesn't have the market cornered on traffic congestion.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:58 AM
 
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I love how LAers think traffic congestion is somehow unique to LA. Have you never been to Boston, New York, Philly, or DC? Spending in excess of an hour stuck in traffic commuting to and from work is typical in these cities as well, and with far less forgiving highways might I add. LA's freeway system is light years ahead of those in Boston, Philly, and DC, what with alternate routes and 4+ lanes in each direction. I think if you spent some time in any of the Northeastern cities, you'd find Socal doesn't have the market cornered on traffic congestion.
Problem is, those places have public transport options that L.A. doesn't come close to.
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:36 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. I was hoping under an hour each way.
@birchbarlow - I used to live in DC and I 100% agree with highlanderfil... if the roads here are light years ahead of those cities; who knows how many light years ahead public transportation in them is from LA... Here you have the bus from the westside to valley...
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:01 AM
 
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Here you have the bus from the westside to valley...
Don't even bother with that. The L.A. bus system is even more useless than the Metro.

That said, the reverse commute shouldn't be too awful. Familiarize yourself with the alternate routes as well. Sepulveda and, to a lesser degree, Beverly Glen/Benedict Canyon and even Coldwater and Laurel Canyon (but those two are a bit off, as is Topanga) should give you viable options if the 405 is at a standstill.
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:36 PM
 
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405 in the mornings should get you there in under 45min

On the evening commute, if you're near Coldwater Canyon, take Coldwater south to Beverly and take Culver home to Playa Vista. That should be a consistent hour, but better the possibility of getting stuck on the 405 for 1.5hrs+ .
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