How do you folks even begin to endure LA traffic?


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Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 21, 2019 - 06:46am PT
Sure income matters but what about the quality of life? Last Friday it took me 3.5 hours to go from the Harbor/UCLA medical center to Fontana and this was before the so called rush hour. Every one of the several freeways I used was absolutely chocked with traffic.

I know that Iím spoiled, the county I live in has one traffic light, but, seriously, what strategies do people employ to endure daily, horrific commutes? I want to try the drugs youíre using.
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
Apr 21, 2019 - 06:54am PT
Easy. Just kill your soul, one stop-and-go minute at a time. It's a horror show.


Trad climber
Upland, CA
Apr 21, 2019 - 07:20am PT
Jim, you drove right by my house, Iím about 15 min from Fontana.

I donít know how people do it. As you know, Iím retired, so I plan my excursions around the traffic patterns. That route - from UCLA to Fontana is clicking in right now at 63 miles in 1 hr 6 min. Itís a Sunday AM. But itís the commute direction and on a Friday, any time after noon, 3 hrs doesnít surprise me.

Happy Easter! Phyl

Mountain climber
Apr 21, 2019 - 07:23am PT
Buses (a whole other nightmare), music, books, and patience. UCLA to Fontana could be hard, but if you're driving in LA while you can see the sun, you're doing it wrong. Get an alpine start.

Apr 21, 2019 - 07:31am PT
Just see big badass climbers end up in LA and cry like girls ......


Jim Henson's Basement
Apr 21, 2019 - 07:34am PT
San Francisco is worse IMO. LA ... it's about timing and knowing the many alternate freeways- but sometimes you are just screwed. It's the most annoying and striking difference coming from Bishop. I don't miss it a bit.

I work I both cities seasonally- I have to make a Zen mental adjustment to the fact Im just going to be sitting in traffic. Nothing I can do but put on the radio and think happy thoughts. When I do shopping trips to Stanton - I'll leave 2 hours earlier than necessary just to NOT be sitting in traffic- even if it means having to sit in a crappy diner for a couple hours waiting for the wholesaler to open.

I do not understand all those people who commit to that mass traffic commute every day to work. I couldn't do it. My dad did though. We lived in the Santa Monica's north of the Ventura county line and he worked at Elizabeth Learning Center in Cuttahay (hellhole middle of the city) 3 hours each way every day. He built our house before he got transferred to that school- we lived in a beautiful remote place and he didn't want to move so he dealt with the drive. It wasn't great for his quality of life though. His health got bad, I never saw him on weekdays - his marriage blew up and the house he worked so hard on was lost in a forced sale during the divorce
Flip Flop

Earth Planet, Universe
Apr 21, 2019 - 07:44am PT
The American Dream
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
Apr 21, 2019 - 07:47am PT
So we can have cool jobs Don dude!

Apr 21, 2019 - 07:55am PT
And how many people here actually know about the "green screen".
Flip Flop

Earth Planet, Universe
Apr 21, 2019 - 07:58am PT
I like my 5 mile quiet commute along the lake to my job

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 21, 2019 - 08:00am PT
3.5 hrs from Harbor/UCLA to Fontana? What were YOU on?

Social climber
The internet
Apr 21, 2019 - 08:04am PT
If you measure it - as most modern cars do - they have timers since last fill-up or some-such, commuting is a huge chunk of your life.

Mineís 20 mins through mostly horse farms - still works out to average 6-8 hours per week including lunch and errands - and I donít like that - Iíd like to reduce it to 5-10 mins - on a bike.

Yeah - I donít understand 1+ hour commutes through traffic - Iíd move and/or find another job.

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Apr 21, 2019 - 08:17am PT
At 3.5 hrs. You could have taken the Durango to Silverton bullet train....
August West

Trad climber
Where the wind blows strange
Apr 21, 2019 - 09:16am PT
It's a shame this country can't do urban transportation better. It's been a while since I've been there, but I remember liking the Paris train and Metro system a whole lot more than LA freeways.

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Apr 21, 2019 - 09:27am PT
My first real job was in sw CT near the NYC mess... 1 hour and 50 minutes each way in bumper to bumper nonstop inching.

Drove me f'ing nuts.

That lasted about a year before a similar job but a 5 minute commute that could be done on a bike in 30. The difference in my quality of life and stress level was immeasurably better.

Unless it's f'you money and you can make a fortune in 5 years or less... it ain't worth it.


Sport climber
Apr 21, 2019 - 09:37am PT

This is a LA traffic politics thread...

Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Apr 21, 2019 - 09:39am PT
I was born in LA, and spent virtually all of my life in this corner of the country- dealt with LA traffic a lot. As mentioned, it's about timing, knowing alternate routes, and watching your traffic app.

The most effective strategy, however, is simple: stay the hell out of LA.

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Apr 21, 2019 - 09:48am PT
LOL, Marlow!

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 21, 2019 - 09:51am PT
Well, for one thing, stay the F out of Fontana! What were you thinking?
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Apr 21, 2019 - 10:25am PT
Jim, Gary is right. Man, you picked the worst route.

Los Angeles is a place to learn to deal with. If you come here without a guide it's a real jungle. The Uber & Lyft drivers know the way.

I LOVE LA and could live just about anywhere at this point. After being here over 40 years it is dear to me. The smog has been long gone for decades and now it just smells like California.

As others have said there is a strategy to when you go where.

Some tips:

Never try to go anywhere on a Friday afternoon or evening. 20 minute drives will take 2 hours.

Use Burbank airport not LAX

Go to Point Dume, NOT Redondo Beach

If you have to go across Hollywood use Fountain Ave

If you have to go to LAX take La Brea to Stocker.

Always use the 2 freeway. It's faster by far.

People who live in Long Beach, San Pedro and Torrance are completely cut off from the rest of So Cal by heavy traffic.

If you want to get to the mountains take the 10 to the 110 to the 5 to the 2 to the 210.
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