Why I Ride: Dave Sotero, Public Relations

Why I Ride

Why I Ride‘ is a series where Metro employees share their transit routines – read more about the concept here.

Name: Dave Sotero
Position: Public Relations

How often do you take transit?

Five days per week

If so, what lines/routes?

Antelope Valley Line [Metrolink], Metro Rapid 734.  I also regularly take Red Line and Orange Line.

Are you car-free? If so, why? If not, why not?

I’m car-light.  I’m working to reduce automobile Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) as much as possible.  I’ve recently started shopping and errand-running by bike to reduce the number of my regular auto trips.  It’s fun!

Do you use any other alternative transportation (bicycle, rideshare, etc)?

Bicycle.

Do you think being a regular Metro rider is important to your job?

I think it’s a necessity! Rather than preaching mode shift from an ivory tower, you are actually part of the solution and a voice for change. It’s also important to personally put your butt in a bus or train seat and experience the system the way our customers do.

Why do you love transit?

I love transit because it transforms the public space and creates a better quality of life for those who use it. I love when transit interfaces well with pedestrian and bicycle facilities to create a more holistic multi-modal solution.  The Metro Orange Line is the best example of that on the Metro System.  We need more.

Is there anything else you’d like to add (anecdote, advice, etc)?

Transit, combined with bicycle commuting, really is the best way to reach your destination.  While it may take years and hundreds of millions of dollars for a transit line to be extended, you can get there today by incorporating the two modes.  Why wait?