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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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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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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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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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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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None of the major software companies based in the San Francisco Bay Area (including Silicon Valley) appear to offer tours to the general public; I looked up Google, Facebook, Apple, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, eBay, Symantec, Intuit, and Salesforce.com. The larger firms like Google and Apple have campuses, parts of which are open to the public; however, you ...


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There are a few obvious driving routes. The drive will probably take 6 to 8 hours overall depending on where in the city you begin and end. I-5 is the fastest but certainly the least interesting with fewest opportunities to stop. There are official rest stops along the way but these have very few services. Almost no towns. 101 is slightly more interesting ...


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With public transportation the usual tradeoff is time versus money. If you have all day long to travel 40 mi/64 km, it can be done entirely with MTA and OCTA buses. I suspect you do not want to take all day, so adding a rail or taxi segment will help move things along. John Wayne/Orange County Airport is quite a distance from DTLA and, like most of Orange ...


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The crowds in LA do not swing as wildly with the seasons as they do in, say, western Wyoming or the Caribbean. In part this is because it is a major metropolitan area (pop. 13-18 million depending on the definition), and so the tourist or special event population has a much smaller impact on the infrastructure than in places like Black Rock Desert or South ...


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I've used the FlyAway in both directions twice already. It's very convenient to get downtown reliably. Traffic doesn't seem to affect much the duration of trips (45min seems like a good estimate) as they ride on the freeway in the ExpressLanes, reserved for buses and people who pay for a special pass. My only complaint is that one time, the bus wasn't ...


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Technically, you can. Practically, 4 hours is not that much time. If you're admitted to the US on arrival, you go out through the immigration and customs, and its up to you whether to turn left (connections) or right (exit), no-one forces you to go either way. I might have confused left and right, haven't been in LAX international arrivals for a while now. ...


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The page 'Malls and Shopping Centers - LAX Area' has various place close to LAX, the same site also has lists for other areas of LA. I haven't been to any of the ones around LAX, I guess they are pretty generic but maybe good enough for your needs. If you want to escape the malls, Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica is a nice enough pedestrian area, but ...


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