Walk from LA greyhound to LA Union Station at 9 at night. Safe?
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Sep 19, 2012 12:04 PM Last Post By: SusieGirl7
Sep 17, 2012 2:29 PM
Walk from LA greyhound to LA Union Station at 9 at night. Safe?I need to make it from the LA greyhound station to LA Union Station at around 9 at night. Is it safe to walk it then? The bus/metro route is kind of roundabout and I can walk in about the same amount of time. How's that neighborhood at night?
Sep 17, 2012 3:49 PM
1You won't be killed but you will be creeped out by the desolation for about 85% of the walk. There will be no one else walking and Alameda (the street connecting the two spots) doesn't have great sidewalks. You might see a few homeless people sleeping surrounded by their stuff, but skid row is actually west of where you will be. There won't be a ton of car traffic either. The trucks tend to show up around 3am.
Are you going to Union Station to catch the metro? Take a cab. Oh and I was in the area (3rd & Alameda) Saturday night on my bicycle and decided to ride west on Third and then down Broadway instead of heading south on Alameda.
Sep 17, 2012 4:43 PM
Sep 17, 2012 4:59 PM
The Greyhound is typically the American symbol of not only freedom and travel along the open road, it's also the symbol of a bus line that caters to a more seedy, poorer people. Personally, I enjoy the vibe and personality of Greyhound, but usually, the Greyhound bus stations are in the more dangerous, undesirable or downtown neighborhoods. In LA, at this downtown Greyhound bus station, I have seen homeless and poverty-stricken people, the people tend to be wilder, less educated, and in the clutches of sex, drugs and a lack of discipline, all imposed by the accident of birth and their archaic sense of upbringing and exposure to a very different and real environment. LA, in general, carries the hyperbole of being unsafe. In Carl Hoffman's social science book, "The Lunatic Express", he personally took the world's most dangerous and unreliable forms of transportation; the last of which was a bus ride aboard the Greyhound.
In Los Angeles, especially at nighttime, I would strongly recommend that you take a taxi cab, and stay close to a well-lit, busy and urban district area, doubly impressed if you are traveling alone, and if you're a woman.
Please be safe, and best wishes.
Sep 18, 2012 5:15 AM
4Google Maps says 1.8 miles. I wouldn't hesitate during the day, but would at night, especially with luggage or even a backpack. Taxi fare of maybe $13 (according to one online taxi fare esimator) too much? You could get there via 2 busses or bus and subway (my preference). Use trip planner at www.metro.net (choose the 1716 E. 7th St. 90021). There seem to be several options on a regular basis. Metro.net says $3 total. Above sites estimate 8 mins. for taxi and 25-30 mins. by bus/subway.
Where are you starting from and where are you going? There may be other options on where you catch Amtrak (or Metrolink).
Sep 18, 2012 9:42 AM
Sep 18, 2012 12:03 PM
6A bus/subway ride to Union Station will cost $3 (no free transfer between the two) and you'll have to stand a sketchy corner all alone or surrounded by a homeless camp to catch the bus. Again, I suggest a cab.
The Metro website suggests the bus combos which will get you to LAX from Greyhound. Again, you'll be waiting on some strange corner for the first bus and then either somewhere sketchy for the second bus or somewhere nicer but out of the way.
Sep 18, 2012 12:23 PM
Sep 18, 2012 1:58 PM
Sep 18, 2012 6:13 PM
9I'm on greyhound right now. My first long distance bus ride in the US. I've taken buses all over the planet but never at home. I've heard horror stories. It's not that bad at all. The wifi is insanely slow. Using my Kindle. Never leave home without it. The security check was intense and useless. They searched carryons and people but not the checked bags. You're left with your checked bags until boarding. Why can't people simply hide things in the checked bags and then transfer them after the security check.
Sep 18, 2012 10:18 PM
10Made it alive. I personally don't think the neighborhood is all that bad. I ended up taking the bus/metro combo. It's actually $4.00 for the trip since they make you buy a tap card before you can ride the metro. So that's an extra $1.
I ended up waiting with some buy at the bus stop that just walked down from Union Station. He described the walk as "sketchy" and advised me not to do it.
Sep 18, 2012 10:24 PM
Sep 19, 2012 12:04 PM
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