Getting Around by Mitsuko Ewing
Whenever you tell people you’re moving to LA, they become experts in what to do when you move out here.
The most notable advice: Get a car.
While it is some of the best advice you can receive (and possibly the most cost effective over time), not everyone can afford the option to buy or lease a new vehicle immediately.
Here are a few options to help you maneuver through this wonderful city of LA:
Since the rise of Uber and Lyft, LA has seen numerous amounts of rideshare companies come and go (RIP Sidecar, Flywheel, YayYo- seriously, what where they thinking with that name?!) fortunately for us there are options outside of the big two.
Waze Carpool started in 2017 and seems to be doing well. With Waze already being a major go-to for directions, it would be hard to imagine this service won’t get you to where you need to be on time. But keep in mind this is a carpool service that matches you with riders headed in your direction. If you need to make the most of your time, use cautiously.
Swoop is a fairly new contender in the rideshare market. After making some adjustments with their offerings, the company with 150 cars in its fleet is prepared for whatever riders need. The company caters to groups of 6 or more, and prefers to schedule the rides ahead of time. It functions more like a regular car service versus an on-demand. However, on nights out with friends, this seems like it would be a great option.
Turo is for the person who needs a car ASAP at the lowest cost possible. You can adjust your time for your rental, find a variety of options, and no crazy rental fees! Why more people aren’t switching to Turo and saying goodbye to rental companies for good? Beats me.
Often joked about in pop-culture, LA does in fact have a transit system that’s pretty good.
Get a TAP card. You can purchase these at vending machines for $2. Even if you don't plan on using it much, it can't hurt to have this as a back-up.
Know your lines. There’s only six lines: Blue, Red, Gold, Green, Purple, and Expo.
Blue- Staples Center to Long Beach.
Red- North Hollywood to Union Station.
Gold- East LA to Citrus Community College.
Green- LAX Bus Center to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center.
Purple- Wilshire to Union Station.
Expo- Santa Monica to Staples Center.
For more information please visit:
LA Metro Bus:
Orange- Services 18 locations with numerous stops.
Silver- Services 23 locations with numerous stops.
For details please visit:
As more options continue to unfold, we will keep you abreast of any updates. If you find a new option, don’t be afraid to contact us! Remember: You are are Resource.