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Old 09-08-2008, 05:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Red View Post
I've noticed the same thing myself. The bus system is great to hit tourist spots, but useless for anything else. The light rail is joke, a toy compared to the BART system in the Bay Area.

Traffic has dropped during non peak hours. It still pretty bad in the morning and early evening but its much much bearable that what it was in the past.

Priuses and HCH are pretty plentiful. I've also seen several smart cars and those little green gulf cart things running around. Most parking facilities I've seen have a couple of spots reserved as charging stations.
I like to call your westside location the "MPG blackhole of LA". I go there once a week and take an MPG hit. You're Insight and any hybird should be happy as a clam in that area.

I don't have the exact ranking, but the 405/10 and 405/101 interchanges are in the top 5 traffic interchanges for volume. That makes the 405/Sepulveda Pass one of the biggest freeway bottlenecks in the country.

The charging stations are leftovers from the zero-pollution mandate that's gone by the wayside.

But, like you said, the key is driving non-peak.

PS - If you're a yogurt fiend, then the Bigg Chill at Westwood and Olympic is the place to go (South-East corner).


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