How reliable is public transportation in LA? Can I trust it to get me to work on time?
I just moved to LA and got a job that requires a commute that I would rather not take part in. All told, the driving is about 25 miles each way, which translates to utter hell if I'm driving during rush hour or if the freeways are randomly clogged for some other reason. I've been looking into public transportation because it would be cheaper than paying for gas and way less stressful.
According to both google and the metro trip planner
, the best bet is to take a bus 17 stops to the green line rail, take that 4 stops to another bus, and then take that bus 7 stops to my destination. All told, about an hour and a half of travelling. I'm totally OK with this, but I'm concerned that the bus may take longer than this due to traffic and then I'll be late for work, something I really don't want to be.
How reliable are buses in LA? If I am taking the bus at 6AM in the morning, will it actually take as long as it say it is going to take on the internet? What about when I leave work at 5PM? How big of a risk am I taking of being late to work?
Also, how do I go about getting a few of metro day passes to experiment with this before I start getting a monthly pass? Can I purchase a metra day pass on the bus?