Public transportation options in LA

In Washington DC you can take the Metro, in Boston you ride the T and in New York City it's the subway. What does Los Angeles have? Those who have real estate in Los Angeles can save money, help the environment and avoid the notorious LA traffic by taking advantage of the city's bus and rail system.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) runs over 200 metro bus lines and five metro rail lines in the city. The metro rail lines include the Blue Line (between Long Beach and LA), the Purple Line (between Downtown and Mid-Wilshire and Koreatown), the Red Line (between Downtown, Mid-Wilshire, Hollywood and San Fernando Valley), Gold Line (southeast to East LA and northeast to Pasadena) and finally, the Green Line (between Norwalk and Redondo Beach with stops at LAX).

Some of the metro rails are above ground while others are underground. The bus is a good way to get out and about in some of the cities that surround the city. For example, if you are trying to travel from Hermosa Beach to Wilmington, don't waste your time sitting in traffic on the PCH, simply jump on the bus and you'll be there in no time.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority website makes it easy to map out your route and find your way around the city without an automobile.