When I first moved to Los Angeles from Boston in 1996 courtesy of Delta Airlines , I really didn’t know that much about the city,
People would give me all sorts of advice.
One especially I heard from everyone including family members, “It’s LA, you NEED a car,”
Being from New York City , you don’t miss what you don’t have.
I didn’t need a car, and I didn’t drive.
After seeing those infamous LA freeways, I’m glad I didn’t drive and I sure wasn’t about to learn, either.
I lived in one of the South Bay cities of Los Angeles called Torrance , California for 10 years and I never drove.
I took public transportation, either a bus or a train.
People are surprised when you mention that the city has a subway system,a very good one called the Metro.
You can get a day pass, which with fees comes out to $9.
We don’t even have that on the New York City subways and our trains run 24 hours, something the Metro in Los Angeles doesn’t do.
When I first lived here, there was the Blue Line that went from Los Angeles to Long Beach, the Red Line from Los Angeles to West Hollywood , and the Green Line that can get you to a shuttle bus that will take you to LAX, Los Angeles International Airport .
Not only are these train lines still around, but while I was there recently , I discovered that there’s an extention of the Blue Line that goes from DTLA all the way to the beach city of Santa Monica .
These trains can get you to the major tourists spots in town.
Union Station is the main terminal so the red and the blue lines can get you there, even if you’re coming from Santa Monica .
Want to see the famous Chinese Grauman Theater with the stars footprints or the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
The red line will get you there.
Since you are on a 30 Plus Teams Tour , you KNOW you want see some basketball or hockey action at Staples Center .
The Blue Line will get you there,just get off at the Pico/Chick Hearn Station.
If there’s a game, you won’t get lost .
Just follow the crowd.
Hold onto to your TAP card.
That’s how you get anywhere on the Metro in town.
Some of them are reloadable and there are machines at every station to guide you.
As I rode the train from Long Beach back to my hostel in DTLA, it brought back a few memories .
Good memories of a place where you wouldn’t expect to see a subway .