Alternative Transportation in SoCal

We know, what do we mean, “alternative ways to travel in Southern California?” Is it even possible to get anywhere without a car and long waits in traffic on the 405? Believe it or not, yes. While we’re not anywhere close to Tokyo’s system or the London Underground in terms of public transit, there are ways to be more environmentally friendly and efficient in your commute or state-wide travel.

Using one of the following alternatives can save you money, reduce your carbon footprint, and dial back the wear and tear on your car.


Amtrak trains and Thruway buses go to 90 different locations throughout the state–including the Pacific Surfliner, which makes its way up the coast from San Diego to Santa Barbara (ocean views almost all the way!). Amtrak offers multi-ride, senior, military, and other deals.

Regional Carpool/Vanpool service (company, county, independent)

There are so many ways to carpool to work–and save an average of 36 minutes in commute time a day by jumping into the carpool lane. Check with your company first to see if they have a carpool/vanpool program in place. If not, LA County Rideshare can match you with other commuters with similar schedules and destinations.


Why not start your day with a bike ride? Biking is not only a great way to skip the traffic, and stay healthy. The air pollution you are exposed to in your car is actually worse than smog exposure while biking. If you can manage the bike to work, you’ll be more fit and eco-friendly. Don’t have a bike? Check out the Metro Bike Share system.


Walking at least part of the way to work, or even to your neighborhood store is a great way to get moving (and get your steps in!). Whenever you walk, avoid wearing headphones so you have full awareness of your surroundings, don’t walk alone at night, and obey pedestrian traffic rules.

Local transit

It can be fun to find your way around by bus, and you’ll be surprised at the convenience once you get the hang of the system. Find your local bus system here. Other transit systems include the Metrolink and Metro rail. Metrolink travel longer distances from Palmdale to Orange County, while the Metro rail goes between Universal City and USC.

Try out a new and more efficient way to get around! Gas prices are climbing and expected to go higher, so don’t miss out on these ways to avoid filling the gas tank every week. Questions about your insurance policy? Call BMR Insurance today at (714) 838-1911.

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