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Forget all the negative information about public traffic in LA. It’s just as good and safe as anywhere in the world. Take the bus and metro and see it’s fairly reliable and that drivers are friendly and polite (towards every person!). Same goes for security people. Just take that bus, stop complaining and meet the world!
There are over 200 metro bus lines and 6 metro rail lines in the Los Angeles area that are run by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). You can get to almost anywhere in the developed parts of Los Angeles County on Metro and/or on other local transit services. Some transfers are quick and easy; others, less so. Detailed information, along with a trip planner, can be found here: http://www.metro.net/default.asp
The metro rail lines are:
1. Green line Metro Rail (above ground): Runs east/west between Norwalk and Redondo Beach with a stop at LAX (Note: the Green Line’s trains do not service the beach itself; you must transfer to a Bay Cities Transit bus to reach the beach.. Similarly, the LAX station for the Green Line is not at LAX. A shuttle bus meets the train and transfers passengers to the airport.
2. Red Line Metro Rail (underground): Service between Union Station (Downtown), Mid-Wilshire area, Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley (Universal Studios and North Hollywood).
3. Purple Line Metro Rail (underground) Service between Union Station (Downtown), Mid-Wilshire area and Koreatown.
4. Blue Line Metro Rail (mostly above ground): Runs north/south between Los Angeles and Long Beach.
5. Gold Line Metro Rail: Runs northeast into Pasadena and southeast to East Los Angeles.
6. Expo Line Metro Rail: Runs from downtown L.A. to Culver City and, eventually, will continue to the ocean.
Other Public Transit LInes:
Orange Line Metro Transit Way (from North Hollywood to Woodland Hills/Warner): Metro names this line with a color (Orange) like the metro RAIL lines but classifies it as a “transit way”. It operates like a rail line in that it runs on a separate “right of way” (its own roadway) but it uses buses.
Santa Monica, Venice and much of the “‘west side” is accessible only by bus. Sometimes, more than one bus needs to be taken. Unlike the metro rail, the metro buses are affected by automobile traffic, making the ride longest during rush hours (weekdays between 6 and 9 in the morning and between 2:30 and 7:00 in the afternoon and evening).
Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus #3 runs frequently along Lincoln Blvd (a street which is sometimes referred to as ‘Route 1’), connects easily to the Culver City Bus #1 directly to Venice Beach, and also goes directly into Santa Monica. The #3 also services LAX via the LAX “Transit Center” a bus depot adjacent to LAX, accessible to LAX passengers via a free shuttle bus that serves the adjacent parking area for the airport. The shuttle bus is known as the “Parking Lot C” shuttle.