Los Angeles' answer to a (currently) inadequate subway and lightrail system is the Metro Rapid buses that run on most of the city's major streets. The 720 is the Rapid bus that runs East-West along Wilshire Boulevard between Downtown LA and Santa Monica pretty much all day long. And, given that Wilshire intersects with almost all of LA's major North-South streets, it's a very popular route. Below is a picture of one of the 720's "smaller" buses....normally they are those giant double-buses, you know, the kind with the expansion joint in the middle that people can actually sit in? I took a ride on the 720 the other day on one of those giant buses, and it was packed. The drivers on the Rapid buses really know how to speed as well, so even with the traffic on Wilshire in Beverly Hills, I made it cross town in less than 50 minutes. And it's hard to explain, but when you're packed into a bus that tightly with people from every imaginable walk of life barreling down Wilshire Boulevard at 50 miles an hour, you really learn to appreciate your neighbors more.
image courtesy of chaffeeyiu.com
The 720: highly recommended, both for transit, and for neighborly spirit!