Why I Ride: Marc Littman, 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: Marc Littman
Position: Public Relations Manager

How often do you take transit?

Every weekday I ride the bus and subway to work and back. I often take my special needs son riding Metro on weekends to familiarize him with public transit.

What lines/routes?

I mostly take an LADOT Commuter Express Bus from the SF Valley and transfer to the subway downtown. Sometimes coming home I take the subway to the Orange Line and transfer to the Metro 734 or 234 and the 158.

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

I do have an older car. I need one because of my son and the need to quickly access medical care.

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

I walk a lot.

What is your job at Metro?

I manage the Public Relations Department but I have been a frequent bus rider in Los Angeles for more than 40 years. I also am a lifelong member of the Sierra Club so reducing my carbon footprint matches my personal philosophy of safeguarding the environment.

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

Sure. When I worked in PR at Magic Mountain I rode the roller coasters even though they scared the heck out of me because how can you promote a product or service if you don’t use it?

Why do you love transit?

I love dozing off on the bus after a hard day at work so I can catch a few zzzz’s before my Blackberry rouses me.

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

Often if you are a regular rider, you meet the same people everyday on your commute and enjoy their camaraderie. It’s also great to save money on gas and other driving expenses. I only buy a car once every 10 years or longer.

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