‘Why You Ride (or Don’t Ride)‘ is a series where you, our faithful readers, share your transportation routines in L.A. and your thoughts on how to make things better – read more about the concept here.
Who You Are:
Location: Palos Verdes
Your Transportation Routine:
How often do you drive and for what purpose?
I’m in my car several times a day, for any purpose that requires me to leave my home. There is nothing besides an elementary school within a mile (walking distance) from my house.
Where are you typically traveling from and going to?
Everywhere. I have work close to home as well as another job in Hollywood. Most of my friends live on the Westside or in the San Gabriel valley – neither of which are adequately served by transit.
How many vehicles do you or your family have?
I have one, each of my parents also have one – so three for our household.
How long does your commute typically take?
It takes me 5 minutes to get to my one job and over an hour to reach my other one.
Briefly, how would you describe your typical driving experience? Love it, deal with it, or hate it?
I hate it. There has to be a better way.
On average, what do you spend each month on transportation?
More than $500
Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?
I take transit whenever available. I wish I lived in the Central City region and could just get rid of my car altogether.
Why do you drive?
There is no comparable alternative where I live. My parents chose twenty years ago to live a completely auto-dependent lifestyle.
Have you tried to use transit before? What was your experience?
I used to live in downtown L.A. and my transit usage vs. driving patterns had been reversed. Unfortunately I’m underemployed and could no longer afford to live where I was.
What could local transit agencies do to encourage you to take transit more often?
Provide more frequent and farther reaching services. Honestly, I just need to move out.
How do you feel about buses?
I’d ride a bus, but only if it has a dedicated lane.
How do you feel about rail?
I’d ride rail if it there was a route that served my needs.
Given limited funds, how would you address L.A.’s transportation issues?
I think rail and transit oriented development (TOD) are the most essential components. Without TOD growth continues to sprawl, and rail is the backbone of any transit system. Without it, transportation in the region is much harder to identify.