Metro’s On the Move Riders Club is a peer-to-peer travel training program designed to educate older adults on the basics of riding public transportation. In the process of learning to ride, club participants travel to destinations throughout L.A. County. They are led by volunteers called Travel Buddies, older adults who are already experts at navigating bus and rail transit. There are currently forty-six Travel Buddies who lead 26 clubs throughout the County.
Dave Myers and Barbara Tjaden are Travel Buddies for the Duarte Senior Center. Both have been with On the Move Riders Club for nearly five years, and every year they organize a summer trip. This summer, they took their group to Seal Beach. The group departed from El Monte Bus Station and traveled to Seal Beach via the Silver Line, the Blue Line and the Long Beach Aqualink.
“It was a good day to get away to a cooler climate and enjoy the small town atmosphere,” said Barbara. “On our return trip we decided to show our riders an alternative to get back to El Monte. Instead of taking the Blue Line all the way to downtown Los Angeles, we transferred to the Green Line and went the two stops to meet the Silver Line at the Harbor Freeway. We wanted to explain and show our riders an alternate route to get around.”
To visit Seal Beach, take the Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station. From there, you can walk or take the free Passport bus to the Aquarium of the Pacific, then board the Aqualink at Dock 4 to Alamitos Bay Landing. Riders who are 62 and older are eligible for discounted Metro fares if using a Senior TAP card. Click here for information on how to apply. For more information on how to start an On the Move Riders club, call 213.922.2299 or email OntheMove@metro.net.
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