I live in Atwater Village. My office moved temporarily from Beverly Hills (no easy commute) to Bundy and Olympic (much more hellish commute). While we were in Beverly Hills, I had decided to take the bus once or twice a week. Now, there's no direct bus, but with just one transfer at Alvarado and Sunset (where there was a recent gang shooting, by the way), I could get to work in about the same time as driving and not fueled by gasoline but rather my own self satisfaction.
So, with the drive much worse, I've opted to try Metro and did so on Thursday. I parked at the Cypress Park Goldline station (it's about 7 minutes away), rode the train into Union Station and transfered to Santa Monica's Big Blue Express Bus that goes through a little bit of downtown and then takes the Santa Monica freeway, dumping me right off on the corner where I work (no, I'm not a hooker).
I arrived at work refreshed, relieved and unstressed. The whole thing took about 20 minutes longer, but well worth the sanity savings. I'm going to try to do it at least once a week.