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Old 11-14-2007, 10:37 AM
 
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I currently live in Whittier and work in Downey. I am planning to move in with a friend in Sherman Oaks in January. From mapquest, I was either going to take the 405S/105E or the 101S to 5S.

Can anyone tell me what to expect in terms of traffic? Are there alternate routes i can take to avoid the heavy areas? I have only been here for 3 months and haven't been driving around much to get a real feel for rush hour traffic.

Thanks!
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Old 11-14-2007, 11:00 AM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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That is almost a "not-at-all-doable-commute". I would suggest taking the 101 to the 5. Another alternative would be the 101 to the 134 to the 5. You're looking at a 1.5 hour commute in the mornings and possibly more in the evening.

Dont even consider the 405.
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Sandia Park, NM
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I agree. Avoid the 405 at all costs, it's a parking lot.

The 101-134 to the 5 is a longer drive, but I would consider it as the portion from the 101-134 split to the 5 tends to move pretty well until you get to the Victory Exit. (It also has a carpool lane if you can carpool at all.) The 5 south can be okay for a bit until you get close to downtown.

The 101 south of Hollywood is another parking lot.

I hope you have a good stereo system...
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:17 PM
 
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avoiding the 405 seems to be common theme from everyone.

how long do you think the 101-134-5 route will take on an average day? reading through the previous posts it looks like there's traffic no matter where you live?!?!
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Old 11-14-2007, 03:51 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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It may take just a bit longer on that route but not by much. However, if for any reason there is traffic going through the Cahuenga pass on the 101 the 134-5 route is a great backup plan.
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Old 11-14-2007, 06:12 PM
 
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Dont even consider the 405.
How would you commute from Sherman Oaks to Downey using the 405 freeway?
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Old 11-15-2007, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I currently live in Whittier and work in Downey. I am planning to move in with a friend in Sherman Oaks in January. From mapquest, I was either going to take the 405S/105E or the 101S to 5S.

Can anyone tell me what to expect in terms of traffic? Are there alternate routes i can take to avoid the heavy areas? I have only been here for 3 months and haven't been driving around much to get a real feel for rush hour traffic.

Thanks!
Any commute is doable if you leave early enough. I commuted from Thousand Oaks to Huntington Beach for about six or eight months. Seventy two miles took 65 minutes when I left at 5AM. Took about 1.5 hours home leaving HB around 1.
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:30 PM
 
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I currently live in Whittier and work in Downey. I am planning to move in with a friend in Sherman Oaks in January. From mapquest, I was either going to take the 405S/105E or the 101S to 5S.

Can anyone tell me what to expect in terms of traffic? Are there alternate routes i can take to avoid the heavy areas? I have only been here for 3 months and haven't been driving around much to get a real feel for rush hour traffic.

Thanks!

Listen to everyone. They aren't lying about how long it can/will take. I left one of my offices in Sherman Oaks at 9:30 am one morning, heading for downtown. It's 17 miles. I got to our downtown office 75 minutes later. That is 14 miles per hour.

With these routes, figure 15-20 miles per hour on average. No faster unless you commute very early or very late.
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Whittier, California
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Thumbs down Freeway driving in LA during rush hour

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I currently live in Whittier and work in Downey. I am planning to move in with a friend in Sherman Oaks in January. From mapquest, I was either going to take the 405S/105E or the 101S to 5S.

Can anyone tell me what to expect in terms of traffic? Are there alternate routes i can take to avoid the heavy areas? I have only been here for 3 months and haven't been driving around much to get a real feel for rush hour traffic.

Thanks!
I am sorry sweetie. That commute is no longer a reality. Southern /LA is not like other states and their freeway systems. There is heavy congestion in the morning during rush hour. The lanes are constantly merging. How are you supposed to change lanes when you are surrounded by flat beds, 18 wheelers and diesels all around you? If you did this commute every day to work, you will develop heart problems and an ulcer. People who live in the Southeast LA cities suburbs like Whittier and Downey do not drive to the San Fernando Valley or Ventura County to work. Maybe in the 60's someone can jump on the 605 and go to the 10 and then to the 405 in no time flat. But, the population has quadrupled in 40 years. The only time someone drives out there is for socializing or personal businesss. Usually on a weekend. It is not a safe driving commute to work 5 days a week. You might consider taking the MTA Rail Orange Line. I am not sure if it goes to Sherman Oaks. That is taking the Green line, blue line, red line first before you can get on the orange line. You need to relocate closer to work than that. Downey is too far away from Sherman Oaks.
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:14 PM
 
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I hope you're saving a lot in rent (or staying for free), because moving from Whittier to the Valley while working in Downey is economically short-sighted.
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