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ovoleg 10-04-13 07:59 AM

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Originally Posted by SKV11000 (Post 16130383)
rep rep.

it's so flat there tho... :(

CommuteCommando 10-04-13 08:30 AM

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Originally Posted by ovoleg (Post 16120354)
it clears up after the 2 or 10 fwy pretty well. I used to commute on the 405 for 4 years from Northridge to Santa Monica while I was giong to school. Yes it sucked but once you passed century city it was like 85 mph the whole way to my exit!

Thanks guys!!

My top 5 choices in order are:
1. Culver City
2. Pasadena
3. Westwood
4. Long Beach
5. Redondo Beach

Going to watch the traffic today to see what each commute would be like, I'll also be in town pretty soon so I can drive there and experience the pain firsthand.

I would still consider Irvine, Tustin, or Costa Mesa. They put you 10-15 miles of good bike laned streets to hills, and the drive to LB on the 405 ain't pretty, but it isn't that long either.

herbm 10-04-13 08:39 PM

Ovo,
You can only live 8 miles from work!!!!

Hendo252 10-04-13 10:10 PM

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Originally Posted by ovoleg (Post 16115064)
I need to seriously explore this!

Metrolink will get you to downtown (Union Station) pretty efficiently although it isn't cheap.

But getting from Downtown to Long Beach on public transit is going to be a challenge.

The entire trip (Northridge/Union Station/Long Beach) will be 2.5 hours at least... and the same or worse on the way home. Of course driving won't be a whole lot faster given the traffic, as other posters have pointed out.

You can play with this using google maps and see the alternatives.

Good luck; I concur that getting a place in PV would be your best bet if you can find a place that you like within your budget.

-Tom in SoCal

CommuteCommando 10-04-13 10:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Hendo252 (Post 16133915)
Metrolink will get you to downtown (Union Station) pretty efficiently although it isn't cheap.

But getting from Downtown to Long Beach on public transit is going to be a challenge.

The entire trip (Northridge/Union Station/Long Beach) will be 2.5 hours at least... and the same or worse on the way home. Of course driving won't be a whole lot faster given the traffic, as other posters have pointed out.

You can play with this using google maps and see the alternatives.

Good luck; I concur that getting a place in PV would be your best bet if you can find a place that you like within your budget.

-Tom in SoCal

My experience is that public transit is slower in the AM than driving, and anywhere from a little faster to a lot faster in the afternoon. The exception is the occasional sad occurance of suicide by train, which makes the freeways look like heaven. (averaging one a year since I've been doing this.)

ovoleg 10-07-13 06:57 AM

Thanks gents! I am planning a trial run next week before I start!

I have a place to stay in North Hollywood so I might try the commute from there too.


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