Going Car Free In L.A.
I’ve been carless in L.A. since last Thanksgiving, when my second car accident in less than 12 months rendered my car permanently unroadworthy. “I’ll save so much money on car payments, gas, insurance, and parking,” I thought. And, living in downtown L.A. means that public transport is right at my doorstep. “I’ll get more exercise, live greener, and maybe even discover new parts of the city.”
Despite many people’s skepticism, it is becoming increasingly possible to survive in this car-centric city without your own vehicle. L.A.’s public transport system often gets a bad rap, but after moving downtown a couple of years ago, I discovered that the Metro subway system can get me to a surprising number of places. Sure, the almost-mythical “Subway to the Sea” is still a way off, but the new Metro Expo Line does now extend to Culver City, and is an affordable way to travel at least part way through the westside. Sure, I’ve encountered some interesting characters on the bus and at train stations. But I usually wind up with a quirky story to tell my friends upon arrival. On Amtrak, I can plug in my laptop, access the free wi-fi and even buy a drink. And when armed with a good book or a device loaded with music or podcasts, jumping on the train or taking a Metro Rapid bus can be a heck of a lot less stressful than sitting in L.A.’s infamous gridlock.
But sometimes a gal does need a car to get from A to B in a hurry, or needs to arrive fresh-faced at a meeting, appointment, or spontaneous social gathering. Sometimes I really miss my car. Thank goodness I discovered car- and ride-sharing services.
Read more about these services here.

Going Car Free In L.A.

I’ve been carless in L.A. since last Thanksgiving, when my second car accident in less than 12 months rendered my car permanently unroadworthy. “I’ll save so much money on car payments, gas, insurance, and parking,” I thought. And, living in downtown L.A. means that public transport is right at my doorstep. “I’ll get more exercise, live greener, and maybe even discover new parts of the city.”

Despite many people’s skepticism, it is becoming increasingly possible to survive in this car-centric city without your own vehicle. L.A.’s public transport system often gets a bad rap, but after moving downtown a couple of years ago, I discovered that the Metro subway system can get me to a surprising number of places. Sure, the almost-mythical “Subway to the Sea” is still a way off, but the new Metro Expo Line does now extend to Culver City, and is an affordable way to travel at least part way through the westside. Sure, I’ve encountered some interesting characters on the bus and at train stations. But I usually wind up with a quirky story to tell my friends upon arrival. On Amtrak, I can plug in my laptop, access the free wi-fi and even buy a drink. And when armed with a good book or a device loaded with music or podcasts, jumping on the train or taking a Metro Rapid bus can be a heck of a lot less stressful than sitting in L.A.’s infamous gridlock.

But sometimes a gal does need a car to get from A to B in a hurry, or needs to arrive fresh-faced at a meeting, appointment, or spontaneous social gathering. Sometimes I really miss my car. Thank goodness I discovered car- and ride-sharing services.

Read more about these services here.