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Old 02-13-2007, 02:03 AM
 
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Hi, I'm potentially relocating to LA from Australia for a year, work would be in the Arcadia area.

Can someone tell me, are the freeways in LA continually blocked (its the impression you could get from reading some of the postings) or is there a pattern to it, like morning rush is all toward downtown LA itself and afternoon is all away?

Thanks, Mike.
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:58 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Hi, I'm potentially relocating to LA from Australia for a year, work would be in the Arcadia area.

Can someone tell me, are the freeways in LA continually blocked (its the impression you could get from reading some of the postings) or is there a pattern to it, like morning rush is all toward downtown LA itself and afternoon is all away?

Thanks, Mike.
No, they aren't continually blocked, however traffic can be dreadful. There are worse places like Tokyo. I won't even start about South American cities. It isn't all the time. For me, I live as close to work as possible and don't drive on the freeways during rush hour unless absolutely necessary. If you must, you just learn to pace yourself and become as patient as possible. Arcadia is a nice place to live, you also have Pasadena, Sierra Madre (and San Marino if you can afford it). I learn to plan my freeway trips around the most congested times. If I do have to travel during these times, I have good surface street routes mapped out. Best thing to do is ask the locals when you land. Driving in L.A. is pretty instinctive for me. I have 3 freeway areas I avoid like the plague during most daytime hours but that's about it (there are many places I never go).
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Old 02-13-2007, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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Mike, all of what Sorcerer68 said is true. Let me add that because our freeways are at or very close to capacity even during "non-peak" hours like midday, if there is the least problem, such as a stalled car in one lane, it can back up traffic very quickly. On many of our freeways there is no shoulder on either side for disabled vehicles, because the shoulders were used to create one or two more lanes to increase the traffic flow. If it rains, accidents increase exponentially. And yes, surface street routes help tremendously.
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Old 02-13-2007, 08:15 AM
 
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Don't expect the traffic to be "as good as" San Francisco, Boston, or San Diego because we have 7 X's as many people here (with no other major transportation system).
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Old 02-14-2007, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Hi, I'm potentially relocating to LA from Australia for a year, work would be in the Arcadia area.

Can someone tell me, are the freeways in LA continually blocked (its the impression you could get from reading some of the postings) or is there a pattern to it, like morning rush is all toward downtown LA itself and afternoon is all away?

Thanks, Mike.
The traffic is very bad. It will get to you eventually.
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Old 02-14-2007, 07:45 PM
 
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One of the biggest sellers at Best Buy or other electronics retailers is the "virtual traffic maps" which give live updates and recommend alternate routes. They're not cheap (I think some go for as much as 400-500 bucks) and require monthly subscriptions, but if you travel much around the LA basin they're a MUST.
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Old 02-15-2007, 12:20 AM
 
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Agreed...not all the time, but much of the time, and it can be unpredictable. For instance, you'd expect things to be clogged roughly 7AM-9:30AM, and 4:30PM-7-ishPM, for rush hour. But if you set out on any freeway, my own banes being the 10 and the 210, after 2PM you're probably going to run into stopped traffic at some point, and you will also find the off days where you're sitting there stopped at twelve in the afternoon wondering what the h*ll is going on.

It's kind of rough.
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Old 02-15-2007, 05:24 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies guys, but no has actually told me which direction the rush hour flows in. Does it "rush" in to downtown LA in the morning and out at night, or in all directions?

The closest I've come to it, besides pasing through LAX, is looking at Google Earth and it looks extrememly spread out. Its hard to guess which way the traffic is heading.
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Old 02-15-2007, 08:46 AM
 
Location: South Bay, California
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The traffic is usually heading towards the city of Los Angeles and within a five to ten mile radius, towards West Los Angeles, freeways along the coastal areas, San Fernando Valley, and parts of middle to coastal Orange County. Then the opposite is in the evening.

Go to sigalert.com and you can find your average speed for a potential commute for yourself.
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Grandview Heights, OH
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From one Aussie to another: The traffic in LA is as crazy as an Ants nest before a rain storm, mate. I live in Southern California, although not in LA. I've driven there a number of times and I have to say it sure is an adventure. People cuts lanes randomly, traffic is HORRIFIC during peak hour, and Californian drivers are mental. They use road rage for an outlet against the ridiculous traffic. Here is an example of LA traffic: I recently went on a trip from LAX. Driving down there it took me a little over an hour with parking, I went at about 10pm. Coming home...the plane flew in at 6pm, on the road at 6:30, it took us untill almost 11pm to get home!!! Yeah, the traffic is a joke.
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