‘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:
Occupation: Transit Operations Supervisor
Location: Historical Harvard Heights, West of Downtown L.A.
Your Transportation Routine:
How often do you drive and for what purpose?
At minimum I drive 5 days a week. I commute to and from work (Downtown L.A.) and run errands.
Where are you typically traveling from and going to?
I typically travel from my home to work, Monday-Friday and back. On my way home is when I run errands – at least once or twice a week.
How many vehicles do you or your family have?
We are a household of 6 and between us all we have 4 vehicles. On a daily basis 3 of the 4 vehicles are used. Three of us drive daily and the other 3 commute by bus, daily.
How long does your commute typically take?
From my front door to walking into my building at work takes approximately 13 minutes; 10 of the 13 minutes are actual drive time.
Briefly, how would you describe your typical driving experience? Love it, deal with it, or hate it?
I love it!
On average, what do you spend each month on transportation?
$50 – $100
Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?
Once in a while I will carpool with my husband who works 1 mile away from where I work. I’ve been known to jump on the bus from time to time, but not to get to work.
Why do you drive?
Driving for me is extremely convenient especially when I shop for groceries on my way home from work.
Why can’t/don’t you take transit?
I don’t take transit to work because: 1) my 6 mile (10 minute) drive to work would actually take more than twice that time on the bus; 2) I would have to leave my home approximately 45 minutes earlier than I do now; 3) I would have to walk 3 blocks and wait in the dark in the wee early hours of the morning to catch a Rapid bus because the local line that is half a block away does not go as far as I need to travel; 4) the later Rapid bus would get me to work minutes AFTER I start work!
Have you tried to use transit before? What was your experience?
I have used transit before to commute to work but it just didn’t work out in the long run. I love to ride the bus and I wish I could on a daily basis.
What could local transit agencies do to encourage you to take transit more often?
Until there is a major scheduling change there isn’t anything that will get me out of my car.
How do you feel about buses?
I’d ride a bus if there was a route that served my needs.
How do you feel about rail?
I probably wouldn’t ride rail.
Given limited funds, how would you address L.A.’s transportation issues?
I understand that rail is the way of the future but rail doesn’t work for a lot more people than buses do for others. I have always thought that the bus side of transportation has been steadily shortchanged since the inception of the first rail line back in 1990. It’s all about the money!