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LA BUNNY HOP ::: MARCH 20TH ::: SAVE THE DATE! [24 Feb 2010|03:00am]

[ mood | bouncy ]

It's been five years since the last LA Bunny Hop... It's time again. I got a wild hare and decided to gather all you down bunnies for a day of bar-hopping good times... by metro ofcourse. Keep your ears up for more updates.

1. Dress for the occasion.
2. Prepare for an easter egg hunt. Bring goodies or something to carry goodies.
3. Follow the LA Bunny Hop on twitter. Stick with your bunnies, but the "schedule" is open to liberal interpretation.
4. Invite all the bunnies you know.

TO RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/p.php?i=517571460&k=55BY56S4UTXC6A1BRK4VPVWUZ3GKX3&oid=319413693217
TWITTER: labunnyhop

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Transit question! [21 Jan 2010|02:04pm]

Hello, everyone!

So I'm usually very good at knowing the transit, but I'm trying to figure out if I have some options in this regard.

I'm going to have a part-time gig in the Playa Vista/MDR area at American Intercontinental University, which is by the intersection of Jefferson/Westlawn (or Jefferson/Centinela, major street wise). I'm coming from Santa Monica/Vermont.

So far, it looks like the only options I have for travel are going south on the Vermont bus to Slauson and taking the 108 or 358 West that goes to MDR, or going south on the Vermont bus to Jefferson and taking the 110 West that terminates in Playa Vista.

The above route is fine for going to the job, but for coming back I'm wondering if there's a way to get a different route, since I'm not sure how regularly the Vermont bus runs the later at night it gets and I won't get out until 8:30 in the evening. Also, it would be awesome if I could somehow get a Culver City bus from that area to get directly to Santa Monica Boulevard and just take that across.

(Cross posted to the los_angeles LJ Community)
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Getting to CalArts on the cheap [05 Sep 2009|04:49am]

What's the easiest and/or cheapest way to get to CalArts in Valencia? Let's say I'm starting from downtown's Union Station.

Is it via bus? subway? Metrolink? Some combination of all three? Which would be the best method if I need to make the return trip late in the evening?

Thanks in advance.
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Quick decision time! [18 Aug 2009|01:04pm]

I gotta pick up my bike at the repair shop this afternoon. The shop is in Hollywood at Western and Romaine. I'm coming from Pasadena on the Gold Line. Once I hit Union Station, what do y'all think is my fastest/easiest option?

1) 704 from Patsouras to Santa Monica & Western
2) Red Line to Hollywood/Western, 207/757 to closest stop
3) Red Line to Wilshire/Western, 207/757 to closest stop
4) Red Line to Santa Monica/Vermont, 2/704 to Santa Monica & Western

I think #3 is a bad idea right now - isn't there still construction at 1st and Western? I'm guessing, though, that it's going to be about a half-hour trip no matter what I do. Anybody have any thoughts?

Update: It sort of turned out to be a moot point. I'd decided to take the 704, but after hoofing it out to Cesar Chavez/Vignes, it turned out that apparently the 704 doesn't pick up there. At least, there were no signs for it anywhere. Also, I needed to pee. So I trundled back in to Union Station and availed myself of the facilities near the newspaper and snack stand there, whereupon I made a command decision to just go ahead and walk down and catch the Red Line.

Which turned out just fine - the train to Western and Wilshire came about one minute after I got downstairs, and once delivered to the end of the line the 757 showed up approximately like 45 seconds after I got above ground. The detour turned out to be no big deal due to a very aggressive driver, and I was able to get my bike well before the shop closed and cruise on home.

If anybody knows exactly where the 704 does pick up at Union Station, by all means let me know, though I doubt I'll have much use for it any time soon.
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South Bay - Woodland Hills? [11 Jun 2009|05:58pm]

Hi everyone!  Hopefully you can help me out.

What would be the best way for me to get from Redondo Beach/Torrance to Pierce College in Woodland Hills via transit?

I'm considering taking classes there this fall, but I'm not sure of my schedule yet. Chances are I'd want to get there around 8 a.m.
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Skirball by bus? [03 Apr 2009|11:18am]

There was a post a while back about getting to the Getty by bus. How about the Skirball? It looks like the 761 bus stops nearby. I'm wondering how the walk is to the entrance?

Because of a bad experience I had (took the bus to an interview in Woodland Hills and had to wait at a bus bench that was more or less under a giant bush) I'm leery of taking transit to hillside locations.
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need your help [15 Mar 2009|09:31am]

Hello, it's my first post here and I really need your help. Hopefully, people still read this commutiny despite the lack of posts since November....

The thing is my friend and I will stay in LA for two weeks starting next Thursday. We won't be renting a car and I've already printed all the important bus routes from www.metro.net But I was wondering if it would probably be easier to get to places by underground than by bus? In this case could you tell me the nearest underground stations to the following locations (or give me a link where to look):

Universal Studios
LA Zoo
Beverly Center
The Grove
La Brea Tar Pits

Also, we are planning to go for a walk in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. What are the most convinient stations to exit for that? And to go to Venice Beach?

Probably, you'll also have other suggestions of places to see in LA and how to get there :))) We booked a bus tour to get the general idea of what the city looks like but it would be really nice to explore some places more thorough.


PS: Sorry for mistakes, English is not my native language.
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Do I smell a challenge?? [25 Nov 2008|10:38am]

If any of you are familiar with the Chicago El, you might know that every year, CTA employees volunteer their time and money to deck out one of the El trains as the CTA Holiday Train. btripp posted this great picture and description in the chicago_el community:

If you've never had a chance to ride the Santa Train ... the interiors are all decked out, including "funny ads" (and Elf-centric jokes), special upholstery, and "helpers" handing out candy canes! This is an annual volunteer project by the CTA workers, who decorate and run the train on their own time ... which is a nice "gift" for their riders.

Later on, someone comments, "They're never going to do something like this in LA's transit system, I can tell you that, so enjoy it for what it is... ;)"

Okay, so maybe our Metro employees wouldn't do it, but does anyone want to sneak onto one of the light rail trains and decorate a car with me? I can bring the tinsel and get some of those signs made. Let me know if you are interested!
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Lost phone! [10 Nov 2008|02:29pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

I apologize that my first post in this community is to ask for a favor, but I'm desperate.

I left my phone on the 304 Metrolink to San Bernardino. I got off at Claremont.
It's a black samsung messenger with a sliding keyboard.

If you find/found it please hand it to a conductor or any metrolink official at LA Union, it'll get back to me because I've reported it lost.

I know this is a long shot, but on the off chance one of you found it I'd love to get it back.

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[25 Oct 2008|08:32pm]


I recently got a court summons and fine on the San Bernardino line because I could not present my ticket (I lost it).

It's $250.00. Is there any kind of appeal I can make to get out of this? It was my first time riding the Metrolink (I only recently moved to Claremont) and I didn't get a receipt.

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Local transit activism/volunteering [13 Oct 2008|08:02pm]

Does anyone know of any transit-related organizations that are worth joining? Or if any local transit agencies take interns or volunteers?

I really like transit and would like to do something related to it while I'm still a student, but I'm not sure where to start. Through Google I found the names of a few organizations, but would like to know if anyone has opinions or experiences with specific ones. I tried to go to the Calpirg meeting at UCLA tonight, but their telephone organizer gave me the wrong directions and their website hasn't been updated for a long time, so I ended up spending half an hour walking around campus looking for their location with no success. So I'd like to find a group that is better organized than that.
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Public Transit [10 Oct 2008|06:00pm]

Is the only form of transportation for me! I'm glad to find like minded individuals. It isn't easy living in a city as massive as LA and getting by through biking, walking, and the metro.
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Metrolink Accident in SFV [13 Sep 2008|01:15pm]

There are already many reasons as to why I don't ride the metrolink. I'm not saying that it's not a good way of public transit, but after this reading this article, it makes me worry even more. Not that busses are any more safe while plowing through LA Traffic. This article reminds me how human error is always a possibility and that no matter where you are there is always danger somewhere around you.

Article: http://news.yahoo.com/story//ap/20080913/ap_on_re_us/train_collision

Read more...Collapse )

Many condolences to all the effected families. It's a tragedy that something like this has happened and I have a feeling it may cause a bad imprint on trying to revive public transit out here in LA once again.
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Hail all public transit riders and the people who love them, [29 Jul 2008|07:30pm]

 RE: Today's 'quake

   In all this, anyone know how the subways**, Blue Lines, the Orange Line, and the other rail systems held up? (I missed the 6pm newses..) It was the biggest 'quake to hit since any of these services had been built, and i hope it all scored an A+.

**apart from the Metrolink system,
    which apparently closed down a 
    few tracks due to either inspections 
    or actual damage found. 

crossposted to los_angeles 

..and thanks to everyone for your inputss in the other posts. 
Cheers; here's looking forward towards The Next One! =:~) 

...meanwhile, on the set of the show "Judge Judy": http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2008/07/29/vo.quake.judge.judy.cnn (2 clips total)
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Another reason to go transit [10 Jun 2008|12:55pm]


CA cell phone law - JULY 1
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"Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension is more than 80 percent complete" —Yay! [23 May 2008|02:16pm]

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Orangutan in transit [19 May 2008|02:02pm]

Can any of you figure out where this filmed...looks like Santa Monica.

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Walking? [06 Apr 2008|03:45pm]

I was perusing through a travel guidebook for LA yesterday and came across a little note that said no one walks there and trying to do so is basically impossible. Now, I know obviously that the transit system is available, but I assume there's some walking involved with it. Is walking really not much of an option?
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getty [01 Apr 2008|04:25pm]

Is there a way I can take a bus to the Getty Center? My friend & I don't drive and we're planning to take a trip there tomorrow. If it helps I live in the Miracle Mile area. I tried to look on mta.net but apparently there's no way. I am assuming the only way you can get there is by car, but please tell me mta.net is lying to me :(
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Taking Long Beach Transit for the first time, [18 Mar 2008|02:31pm]

Currently I live in Compton.

Up to 2 months ago, I lived in the San Fernando Valley, but due to my job assignment with my temp agency ended, I had to moved back down here. I am still seeking employment and in the mean time I will be collecting Unemployment benefits until then.

That being said. I took a trip today to the Long Beach Transit headquarters for a job application as a coach operator.

I have previously been on other municipal bus lines within the county for example, Culver City, Gardena, Torrance, Santa Monica and Foothill but had never been on the Long Beach system, until now.

So I get the 205 going South to the Artesia Blue Line Station where I transfer to the Blue Line and get off @ Anaheim Station. There, I get the Long Beach Line 46 to the LBT Administrative offices.

One thing I noticed is that LBT has next bus information at some of the bus stops, pretty much the same that MTA has on the Orange Line but I have a feeling theirs is more accurate.

Another thing I noticed once inside the bus is that drivers have the option of wearing the standard issued uniform or they can use what look like a Hawaiian shirt.

The standard fee is .90 cents as opposed to the $1.25 for MTA.

Other than those things there was nothing unusual or note worthy except for some of the pictures I took along the way.

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