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Driving time Westwood Village to Santa Monica (Tuesday a.m.)

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Driving time Westwood Village to Santa Monica (Tuesday a.m.)

On Tuesday, need to be at the UCLA medical clinic on 16th, near Wilshire, in Santa Monica,by 7:45 a.m. for an 8 a.m. appointment. Leaving from the UCLA Tiverton House in Westwood Village (across the street from the main UCLA medical center). Front desk receptionist said to leave by 7:00 a.m. Sound right? We thought of taking the bus, but since we have a car that didn't seem to save anything. Thanks!

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1. Re: Driving time Westwood Village to Santa Monica (Tuesday a.m.)

If you leave at 7 and head down Wilshire, you should arrive in plenty of time.

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2. Re: Driving time Westwood Village to Santa Monica (Tuesday a.m.)

7:15 will have you there with time to spare.

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3. Re: Driving time Westwood Village to Santa Monica (Tuesday a.m.)

The Santa Monica #2 bus picks up in front of Tivertson House at 7:16 a.m. and drops off in front of the Medical Center at 7:36 (a 20-minute ride). There's also a 7:31 pickup that drops off at 7:51. During that transfer, the bus stops 17 times. If the bus can make it in 20 minutes after stopping 17 times, you can certainly drive there in 20 minutes (or less).

Here's where driving might NOT be the way to go, however. I'm guessing that 8:00 is a popular time for workers to arrive at the Medical Center (as well as patients) so there might be some delays entering the car park and you might have a little bit of a walk from your parking space to the medical center itself. Taking the bus, on the other hand, will allow you to bypass the car park which would might get you into the building more quickly and easily.

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4. Re: Driving time Westwood Village to Santa Monica (Tuesday a.m.)

You will need extra time because of the 405 construction in the area traffic is a big mess.

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5. Re: Driving time Westwood Village to Santa Monica (Tuesday a.m.)

From the corner of Tiverton and LeConte, take the Santa Monica 2 bus ($1.00) at 7:15am which will drop you at the hospital between 7:35 and 7:40am. No hassles with parking etc.

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6. Re: Driving time Westwood Village to Santa Monica (Tuesday a.m.)

I'm sorry, but if this is an appointment you need to make, do not go by standard timetables. There is construction at the moment that is creating all kinds of problems as you try to go from one side of the 405 to the other. It could take you 20 minutes just to get from Westwood Village underneath the 405. And that assumes that your bus is even on time.

BTW you can look at current traffic conditions on Google Maps.

Take the advice of your hotel (who most likely know what is actually going now) and leave at 7 am at the latest.

Edited: 18 February 2013, 22:34
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7. Re: Driving time Westwood Village to Santa Monica (Tuesday a.m.)

Thanks for the tips. Wife vetoed the bus option. Ended up taking Wilshire to 16th. Light traffic after we passed the 405. We got there early so were able to avoid the $15-20 parking in garages nearby. I parked on the street, where meters don't start until 9 a.m., and deposited some coins in advance (max time for the meters along Wilshire ranged from 40 mins. to 1 hr. to 2 hrs.). Traffic was heavier on the return, after 9 a.m.

Edited: 24 February 2013, 16:11
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