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There is a federal regulation requiring buses to do this. 49 CFR 392.10: Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, the driver of a commercial motor vehicle specified in paragraphs (a) (1) through (6) of this section shall not cross a railroad track or tracks at grade unless he/she first: Stops the commercial motor vehicle within 50 feet of, ...


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Rent the car! Los Angeles is built for cars. It has some of the worst public transportation imaginable, ever since General Motors conspired to eliminate the city's trolley system. Yes, there are buses and taxis, but you will find that buses take forever (and get stuck in the same traffic) and taxis are hard to find and expensive. Only 11% of Los Angeles ...


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I've been living in the LA area (in Long Beach, exactly) for 7 months, being there for studying abroad. I made the choice of not buying a car and solely relying on public transit. Well... as said earlier, LA is clearly made for cars. Most buses don't take the freeways and move rather slowly. It depends on which route and which agency. Also, even if Metro is ...


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In fact, your potential for scenic views will be higher on virtually any mode of transportation other than the bus (plane, train, private car, boat). There is quite stunning scenery along the coast. Amtrak's Coast Starlight follows some of it, between San Luis Obispo and Oxnard, and a seat can be had for as little as $60 coach. But keep in mind that this ...


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That's Griffith Observatory! It's an astronomical observatory, planetarium and museum in the midst of Griffith Park. The land plus the money for the observatory came from Griffith J. Griffith. Besides the telescopes, planetarium and exhibits, there's a cafe, shop, and theatre and often great views of the Hollywood sign and the Los Angeles basin. It's been ...


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Trains move with steel wheels on steel rails, which is incredibly efficient, and allows trains 2+ miles long and 20,000 tons*. But steel-on-steel traction is quite poor, and it takes a long time to set brakes on a 2-mile train**. So a train can take a mile or more to stop, and can't appreciably slow down in the ~1/4 mile it might have to see you and ...


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what is expected of me while I stay there If someone carries your luggage to your room, they expect a tip ($1 to $2 per bag). It's also customary to leave a tip for the maid ($1 to $3 per day). Otherwise, it's really the other way round: it's the job of the hotel staff to meet your expectations (within reasonable bounds) - you're paying, after all. what ...


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Finally after almost a couple of weeks, the laptop reached LAX. What to do is simple, and here are the steps eliminating all the places I called unnecessarily. Call the Dubai Lost and Found department. Give them as much details of the item as possible. Having an airlines tag certainly helped. Once they located the item, you will be given a file reference ...


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I have been to LA several times and have used different kinds of transportation: car, public transport, bicycle and walking. I experienced the city very differently depending on how I got around. I agree LA is a car city and I would recommend to drive around at least once to get a feel for it, but using a bike or walking is always better if you really want ...


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The signals at a level crossing may have been configured to give adequate warning to the driver of a car. But a bus is a much longer vehicle, and thus needs more time to make the crossing. In the UK, buses are not usually subject to extra requirements, but some types of long vehicle are, as per Rule 294 of the Highway Code: Railway telephones. If you are ...


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You can go by train for a bit less money than Amtrak by using the commuter services: take the Coaster from San Diego to Oceanside, and then take a Metrolink Orange County Line train from Oceanside to Los Angeles. The regular adult fare for the Coaster from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside is currently $5.50, and Metrolink from Oceanside to Los Angeles ...


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Option 1: Do not pay. Nothing will happen. The fine will increase to around double that, and then they will either just cancel it or expedite it to a collection agency. For that small amount, the costs grossly outweigh the benefits. Going after you financially in your home country is very very unrealistic – no matter what various morally high horse ...


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A visit to the beach is certainly possible. In fact, LAX itself is situated on the coast, but the roads from the terminals are on the inland side, making it a bleak 5 mile/8km walk one-way to Playa Del Rey— and I would not recommend either the activity or the destination. Keep these things in mind: The U.S. does not have outbound passport control, but as ...


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Two things: Simple grift. It's easier to get people to pump a gallon or two of gas rather than part with actual cash. It's a distraction. While you pump the gas, you're not watching your vehicle making it easier for the accomplice to swipe something. Even if you do watch your vehicle, the grifter still gets some gas.


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Some thoughts: That 29 miles sounds like it came from someone in PR—Google maps puts it at over 35 miles and 60-80 minutes with traffic. Back when I lived there, I'd have estimated that drive at about 90 minutes without traffic. Do you know what your schedule will be like during the trip? Unless you know you're going no further than a few blocks away from ...


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In addition to handling the matter yourself depending on if you paid via a credit card, most of the major vendors include Lost Baggage insurance at no additional cost if you pay for your tickets with the card. I personally haven't used the protection myself as I don't fly often, but I've heard AmEx is top notch with assistance, and Visa also does a good job. ...


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Okay, so I've gone through several Wikipedia pages for southern California... McDonald's Museum (also Juan Pollo) in San Bernardino Fender Museum of Music and the Arts in Corona (I assume there are some Fender instruments) Wells Fargo History Museum (Los Angeles and another one in San Diego) Lawrence Welk Museum in Escondido Related, if you like cars: ...


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Metro Los Angeles runs bus service to Disneyland in Anaheim from downtown Los Angeles. You can take Bus 460 from 5th/Grand to Disneyland. For detailed schedule and stops, you can refer to the timetable for 460.


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Check out Uber. Once you install the app, you can get a driver to pick you up at your current location. Its Yelp reviews look pretty good. The other alternative is to start adding a bunch of taxi companies to your contacts list, and tell them to pick you up at your current location. If you're spending a few days there, you'd be better off just renting a ...


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The only answer to this is: it depends. It depends on so many factors, so I will point out the pros and cons I used for my trip to California. Keep in mind that California is huge. You're talking about distances that are over a day's trip apart from each other. Perhaps you should take more time for your trip or visit less locations? Each of those locations ...


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With regard to finding a cab, you can always phone to request a pickup, rather than trying to hail a cab on the street. The phone numbers for the licensed taxi companies can be found here.


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Hertz and Budget have an office there.


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Yep, that's the nature of SuperShuttle... it takes twice as long and drives you batty, but it does save some money. Do you really have to fly to LAX? There are two commercial airports closer than LAX to Anaheim -- John Wayne and Long Beach -- both of which are pleasant, quieter airports.


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I work in a bank and from my experience the cheapest way to get cash: ATM (Debit Card) in Canada (best possible rate, unless you are dealing in large amounts). Change USD to CAD in Los Angeles. Change USD to CAD in LAX. (airport rates are higher) Change USD to CAD in Montreal. Change USD to CAD in YUL. (again, airport rates). ATM (Credit Card) in Canada. (...


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Yes, it does have a breakfast available in the dining car, no reservations needed. Breakfast starts at 6:30am and is normally available until 10:00am. If the train is on time, it should be arriving in LA sometime around 9:30am on the second morning and the breakfast service will end shortly before then. You should still have plenty of time to head to ...


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I did remember to take some pictures, but the flash was turned off and lighting was not great. So. Here is the left side of the sign. In the middle is Global Entry. All three on the categories on the left say "AUTOMATED PASSPORT CONTROL" at the bottom and have a person-at-a-kiosk symbol at left. From the left, 1. U.S. Citizens & Canadian Citizens ...


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As an Italian citizen you don't need a visa to attend a conference in the US. All you need is an ESTA, which you apply for online: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. Only if that is denied do you need to get a proper visa. All you need for travelling once your ESTA has been aproved is then your passport and the address to the place you're spending your first ...


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I have lived in West Los Angeles (Culver City) for over thirty years having migrated from the U.S. public transportation king of the hill, NYC. Here's my update for late 2015. The light rail system is improving its reach with each passing year. The Expo line from Culver City opened in 2012 and I use it regularly to get to downtown LA, mainly for the library, ...


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You can look up the maps/schedules of the relatively new LA Metro System to check if they cover any of your routes. Private car service in the US is referred to as limousine service. You can easily search for service providers in Los Angeles, and reserve one during your stay. Their rates are usually based on the duration or rental mileage. Is a car rental ...


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