Even in this car-majority metropolis, there are times in which using a cab is still more convenient, especially if you don't own a car.
For starters, YES, cabs DO come to Westwood. (FYI: I hear that Beverly Hills Cab will come onto the UCLA campus; this is not an endorsement, though). But in fact, there is an ACTUAL cabstand in Westwood, which for me is good enough. It's right behind the Hammer Museum, on the south side of Lindbrook, east of Westwood Boulevard and across the street from the Mann Theater.
This means if you're close enough, you will save time just by schlepping there yourself on foot instead of calling and waiting for a cab to get to your location.
You can also hail a cab from the front of the W Hotel (930 S Hilgard Ave) although I personally have never done that before.
And now, for the politico-nitty gritty: Read this and this for more. LADOT and LA's Taxicab Commission regulates cabs, including their fares:
Fares (ordinances 177843 & 178050 , and Board Order No. 055, effective 10/01/06, 12/25/06 and 8/14/08)
The following taxicab rates became effective on 8/14/08 as authorized by the Board of Taxicab Commissioners in B.O. 055
All Passengers Ride for Price of One
- $2.85 flag drop (first 1/9th mile).
- $0.30 for each additional 1/9th mile ($2.70 per mile).
- $0.30 for each 37 seconds waiting/delay ($29.19 per hour).
- $46.50 flat fare for trips between LAX and downtown.
Area bounded by Alameda St., Santa Monica Fwy., Harbor Fwy., Cesar E. Chavez, Union Station and Chinatown.
- $2.50 surcharge for all trips originating at LAX.
- $15.00 minimum fare for trips originating at LAX (In addition to the $2.50 surcharge).
It's not cheap but for those of us who are car-free, I think it is important for you to know that you still have riding cabs as a stop-gap option just in case. Cabs take credit cards as well (but be sure to ask before you get inside), which has been a godsend to me.
-Sirinya the Intern