Why You Don't Ride: A., West L.A.

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.

Want to share your story? Take the survey here if you ride transit regularly, or take this one if you don’t ride.

Who You Are:

Name: A.
Occupation: Assistant
Location: West L.A.

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

I don’t drive in L.A., I walk.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?


How many vehicles do you or your family have?


How long does your commute typically take?

5 minutes walking.

Briefly, how would you describe your typical driving experience? Love it, deal with it, or hate it?

I deal with it.

On average, what do you spend each month on transportation?

Less than $50

Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?

I walk.

Why do you drive?

When I have to– safety issues as a lone female, to travel long distances (out of town), convenience, saves time.

Your Perspective:

Why can’t/don’t you take transit?

Time schedule uncertain; I hate waiting and not knowing when the next bus will come. Some of the buses try to run on time, but there’s always that one moment when, for whatever reason, the bus has broken down and everybody has to get on the next bus half an hour late. This has happened to me far too many times for me to consider the Metro bus reliable.

Have you tried to use transit before? What was your experience?

See above.

What could local transit agencies do to encourage you to take transit more often?

Post schedules on bus stops, not just the major ones. Have buses move more reliably.


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’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?

BUILD A SUBWAY TO WEST LA. Seriously, half of the city commutes here to work– and yet we have to take bus to the nearest Red Line.

11 replies

  1. Well, I’m over by LAX, and it’s definitely not suburban. We have two colleges here, two high schools, and a huge population who uses the bus. On those once-an-hour runs, the bus is often so packed that there are people crowded all the way down to the front doorways by the time we hit the seventh stop. There are also a lot of seniors in the area who cannot drive, and need the bus.

    Is the low ridership because the area is geared toward cars, or because the locals have given up on any chance of reliable service? Given what I see on the bus, it would be reasonable to deduce that if service were increased here, it would be used quite a bit.