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This site suggests a cheap way of getting from LAX to downtown LA via LA's Metro Rail. Could someone please verify whether it is still a valid itinerary, and whether it is possibly the best time+price combination to get from LAX to downtown LA?
Also, if this itinerary is still valid, then the it would cost $3 for 3 TAP cards (I'm travelling with two others) and 1.75*3=$5.25 for 3 one-way trips, totaling to $8.25. Is this calculation correct? It seems that this would be cheaper than 3 tickets from the airport to Union Station (3x9.75=$29.25).
Also, the Metro rail's site says that a one way TAP card use "Includes transfers to other Metro lines for up to two hours to complete a one-way trip." By "2hrs" are they referring to the transfer time between any two stops or are they referring to the total time of the journey (including stops)?
EDIT: my question isn't a duplicate another existing question because that question does not have the metro route combination I'm referring to. Also, I'm travelling with three people, each of whom will have a luggage. My luggage in particular will have to be checked, unlike the one in the already-existing question.
EDIT 2: the route whose link I've given in the question is this: Take the free Green Line shuttle to Aviation/LAX stop, then remain on the green line to travel to Willowbrook station, transfer onto the blue line and travel to 7th center/Metro station in downtown. This route is not the same as that of another existing question. I figured from the calculation above it would be cheaper to take this metro route than it would to take the FlyAway Bus. Secondly, the FlyAway bus may be a little more susceptible (although less so compared to taxicabs) to congestion at around the time I'll be leaving LAX (approx. 5:40pm).