Originally Posted by Manton
I don't think I've ever taken public transportation in LA.
Next time you're here, you should take a ride on one of the new(ish) metro rail lines if only for the novelty factor.
I've ridden public transport here quite a bit, but since I grew up here (in the South Bay 'burbs, anyway)and you didn't, that's not a meaningful comparison. As a kid, I used public buses quite a bit before I was old enough to drive. Took the public bus to middle school most days, and used it for going to the mall and that sort of thing. It was also the only viable way to get to Dodger Stadium from the South Bay if friends and I wanted to go to a game without a parent.
But with public transport as with many things, NY and LA are apples and oranges (regardless of one's preference).