Frequent fliers, perk up your ears:
The city is launching FlyAway non-stop shuttle service
from Union Station to LAX, with busses making the trip between L.A.'s past and current transportation hubs every 30 minutes. Fare is $3 each way for adults, and $2 for the kids.
How this works in practice remains to be seen, but I'm excited. A cab ride from Los Feliz to LAX can run to $60 before tip (yeah, it's usually on the company's dime, but still), and parking at the airport - well, we all know what a pleasant experience that can be.
And public transit? Heh! Currently, to get to LAX from Los Feliz using transit you walk (or take the DASH bus) to the Sunset/Vermont station, where you catch the Red Line to 7th/Metro, changing there to the Blue Line, riding to Imperial/Wilmington and transferring to the Green Line, disembarking at the Aviation/LAX station, and then, finally
, catching a shuttle to LAX.
No thank you.
The FlyAway service (which also runs from Van Nuys to LAX
) will offer travelers the best of both worlds: whisking along on the Red Line, below the clogged surface streets and freeways surrounding downtown, and then boarding a shuttle which can utilize the car-pool lanes on the 110 and 105 freeways.
On very humble suggestion: make permanent the promotional offer of free rides for patrons using Metro to get to Union Station. That could help Metro ridership, and keep more cars off the road.