Why You Don't Ride: Bob, West Hollywood

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.

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Who You Are:

Name: Bob
Occupation: Writer
Location: West Hollywood

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

Almost every day for business, errands, or pleasure.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

West Hollywood to Downtown or the Westside.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?


How long does your commute typically take?

Depends on the time of day. From 30-60 minutes. Sometimes longer if there is an accident or road construction.

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?


Why do you drive?

Sometimes I need to arrive by a specific time and the bus is unreliable in this regard.

Your Perspective:

Why can’t/don’t you take transit?

Because the bus schedule is unreliable.

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

Yes.   The bus often arrives anywhere from 10 minutes before to 10 minutes after the scheduled time.

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

Follow the schedule.

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?

Follow the schedule.

2 replies

  1. I think that the real cost of driving (gas, maintenance, natural resources) plus the cost to air quality degradation and congestion is unrealized by most drivers.