Believe it or Not You Can Get Around L.A. Without a Car

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Believe it or not, it really is not that difficult to get around Los Angeles without a car.  I am living proof.

When we take our cars in for service, or body work or whatever in Los Angeles we almost always arrange for a ride, L.A. Busrent a car or, if we go to a dealership, get a loaner.  Take a bus?  What!  And heaven forbid we should consider walking.

Yesterday I took my car in for body work and was going to rent one for the two days it would take.  Then I thought I would see how I could survive two days without one.

The body shop is 3 blocks from my home.  I walked.

Lunchtime I walked the 8 blocks to the coffee shop where I usually spend my lunch hours with my computer.  And I walked the 8 blocks back.  No rides for me.

I didn’t anticipate needing  to show any properties over the two days, but I ended up having to.  Panic set in.  But I calmed down and went to the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority website and used their Trip Planner to get bus routes and times.  I walked the two blocks to the bus which arrived 2 minutes later exactly on time, and I caught my connection.  Be aware that you have to have exact change as none is given.  I overpaid for my trip by $0.60.  Also, don’t expect friendly, warm and fuzzy drivers, although maybe I was unlucky.

Don’t worry about the fact that a shocked friend might scream at you for not calling them to drive you, and then run over to where you are to pick you up and drive you back.  They are unenlightened.  There is a great public transit system in L.A. that can get you wherever you want to go.  No more car rentals for me.

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Rainmaker
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Jane - What a great story to share with everyone.  Using the bus, mass-transit, or walking is a great way to save money, get exercise, and be environmentally friendly.  I'm very impressed you were even able to show property!  Enjoy your car independence!!! 

Jun 01, 2012 11:33 AM #17
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Jane Peters
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Susan,  surprisingly that is true.

Laura,  sorry, I didn't last long.  Back to driving.

Jun 01, 2012 12:56 PM #18
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Loved your post Jane. You eloquently pointed out how depended we are on our cars even though there are alternatives... you know... like walking! I have to say it is not easy to walk in South Florida because the humidity is so high you'd arrive soaking wet at your destination.

Jun 01, 2012 02:32 PM #19
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Jane Peters
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Patty,  that I can only imagine.  Not good.

Jun 01, 2012 02:36 PM #20
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Hannah Williams
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Walking I think I would do but Public transit I have not been that brave .. I am certainly sure i could but do I want too...

Jun 02, 2012 12:45 PM #21
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Jane Peters
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Hannah,  sometimes we have no choice :)

Jun 02, 2012 01:17 PM #22
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When I was a kid in the San Fernando Valley, the busses were very unreliable. Glad to hear that things have improved.

Jun 02, 2012 03:39 PM #23
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Jane Peters
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Melissa,  I don't know how they are in the Valley :)

Jun 02, 2012 03:40 PM #24
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Jane, I was in LA once....not sure if I saw a bus...but a lot of people for sure.  Even though I am only three minutes by car to town and work... I drive... no buses, and to many dangerous curves in the road to walk :)

Jun 02, 2012 08:39 PM #25
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Rebecca,  the buses kind of blend in with all the cars here.

Jun 02, 2012 08:49 PM #26
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Public transportation here in Birmingham is nearly non-existent. I'm a bit gun shy anyway when it comes to riding the bus as a result of being robbed twice at bus stops.
Jun 03, 2012 01:25 AM #27
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Jane Peters
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Charita,  oh wow.  That would scare the hell out of me.

Jun 03, 2012 10:10 AM #28
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I use public transit when I'm in Europe and NYC, but I must admit in the 20+ years I've lived in the Los Angeles area I have never boarded a public bus--just planes, trains and cars.  You're braver than I am...

Jun 05, 2012 04:43 PM #29
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Jane Peters
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Norma,  :)

Jun 05, 2012 04:50 PM #30
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Sounds like you made a great sacrific all for the sake of letting others know it can be done... you're such a world traveler it was probably a piece of cake for you though Jane :)
Jun 06, 2012 08:57 PM #31
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Jane Peters
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Carol,  there you go.  See, piece of cake after all that travel, right!

Jun 06, 2012 09:24 PM #32
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Georgie Hunter
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Hooray for you for extolling the benefits of being carless in a city that worships the automobile!

Jun 09, 2012 08:45 PM #33
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Jane Peters
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Georgina,  :)

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Jane, I lived in Reno for 3 years without a car - that was in the 80s, cabs were cheap in the winter.

I could never go carless here, even for a day - summer heat and all ...

Jun 12, 2012 10:19 AM #35
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Virginia,  now, I can understand that.

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