Over the summer, I decided to venture to Universal Studios Hollywood during rush hour morning traffic. I decided to try out the train! From my house, I can take the train downtown and then over to Universal. It was easy to do but did take awhile: an hour from the time I left it apartment until I was off the train at universal. The drive is usually 20 minutes from my house to get to Universal.
Now this is where things get tricky once you get off the train! You get off the train and up and over the new walkway (you don't have to wait for the light anymore!). From there, you have to get to the shuttle to take you up the hill. Once I finally got on the shuttle (it seems to run every 10 minutes), it was about five minutes to the top and it drops you off pretty close to the front gate (next to the AMEX offer if you're familiar with Citywalk).
I got through security and was able to update my pass which now includes free parking and got in the park in under 10 minutes.
Overall, it's great to know you can get there using public transportation. Taking the shuttle up the hill could be a slow process as the trams aren't very large-they hold maybe a few hundred people. However, I'm not sure how many times inwould do it. I live a 20 minute drive with traffic (I drove the next week to compare) and now that I have free parking it makes sense to drive. Even though I had to park far away, it was still about 45 minutes from the time I left my apartment until I was in the park.
Here are the breakdown of times:
Left apartment at 7:35
Downtown around 8:05
Left at 8:15 towards Universal
Got to universal at 8:45
Waited for shuttle 8:55
In park 9:10!
Have you ever taken public transportation to a theme park?