Los Angeles is an amazing city, famous for its near perfect weather, outdoor activities and its close proximity to famed beaches. In fact, Los Angeles might be considered America’s most perfect city if it weren’t for its notorious traffic.
But is the traffic really that bad? Not so, says a recent Trulia article, Driving vs. Public Transit: The Search for a Better Commute. According to data analysis, the average driver’s commute was just 28 minutes, placing Los Angeles in 14th place among the nation’s largest cities.
Additionally, the research shows that the average transit commute was a modest 49 minutes. While transit commutes may take a bit longer, transit users enjoy the freedom to read, work or nap during their commute to work, a luxury not afforded to drivers stuck behind the wheel of a car. And, with less cars on the road, less pollutants are going into the atmosphere each day, making transit commuters green commuters.
The City of Los Angeles recently opened several new transit stations, and many more are planned over the next few years. Neighborhoods near these stations are growing in popularity and rental rates in these neighborhoods have increased. But consider the savings of fuel, vehicle repairs, parking fees and the planet.
While apartment homes situated right next to transit stations may charge higher rental rates, moderately-priced apartments within a half mile of transit stations are readily available in neighborhoods such as:
Westwood - A well-trafficked neighborhood, best known for the Geffen Playhouse and UCLA.
Palms - Dubbed as one of the best neighborhoods for Millennials, located on the Westside of Los Angeles.
Greater Wilshire - A densely populated, middle-class neighborhood, surrounded by museums, multi-cultural influences and historic sites.
Residents of these popular neighborhoods enjoy a less than 30-minute commute into the heart of LA each day.
So which cities are the most transit-friendly? Portlant, St. Louis and Chicago topped the rankings, followed by New York, Boston and Philadelphia. The least transit-friendly markets were Baltimore, Oakland and Riverside.
More information about the transit study, click here.