Riders select favorite transit video

“The Heartbeat of LA” has been voted grand prize winner in the Transit Flicks Video Contest — click here to see all the finalists. Faye Kingslee, an actress who rides a skateboard to the Metro Red Line each day, shot and produced the 2-minute video that garnered the most votes from the public. As Grand Prize winner, she will receive a free EZ transit pass for one year.

“For me riding is really about connections with people,” Kingslee said. “There’s this sense of community that comes with taking public transportation — especially in L.A. I’ve taken it since the day I arrived. It’s not hard, once you get your head around it.”

Working with other transit operators throughout L.A. County, Metro launched the Transit Flicks Video Contest in June, inviting riders to create brief videos showing how transit helps them and encouraging others to try it. Finalists were selected by a panel of judges from transit agencies throughout the county. Finalists were posted on metro.net in August and the public was invited to vote for their favorite.

In addition to the grand prize — an EZ transit pass good for 1 year on all participating transit carriers in the county — the first runner up will be awarded a six-month EZ transit pass and second runner-up will be awarded a three-month pass. Those awards went to “My Daily Routine” (first runner up, entered by Teo Biocina) and “Go Metro, Go Everywhere” (by Jonathan Maas). Winners of the four honorable mentions will each receive an EZ transit pass good for one month. They are Ajay Johnson, German Oliva, Daniel Pickens and Joshua Valdez.

The winning entries are now posted on metro.net and will appear on Transit TV, Metro Motion and other websites.

“These videos are wonderful stories of the role transit plays in our riders’ lives,” said Warren Morse, Metro deputy executive officer of communications.  “Some illustrate their points with humor, some use a documentary style and some are pure Hollywood. But they’re all heartfelt and speak with the voices of people who have discovered the benefits of getting around our county on buses and trains. We hope they’ll inspire others to want to try out transit, whether it’s on an occasional basis or as daily riders. “

The Transit Flicks Video Contest was a joint effort of Big Blue Bus, Culver City Transit, Foothill Transit, Gardena Municipal Bus Lines, Long Beach Transit, LADOT, Metrolink, Metro, Montebello Bus Lines, Norwalk Transit, Santa Clarita Transit and Torrance Transit.

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