@MetroLosAngeles Twitter Tuesday

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, a weekly feature here at The Source in which we round up the latest Metro related tweets in the Twitterverse. To follow Metro on Twitter just search for @MetroLosAngeles. We recommend adding the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets to get our attention. For specific complaints and customer service, please use the Customer Comment Form on Metro.net.

#ArtOfTransit

A girl playing the Violin at the Wilshire/Vermont @metrolosangeles station. She's great! http://twitpic.com/5xf3et
Photo by JeffreyMann on twitter

I hope @metrolosangeles would include this in its #artoftransit. A Dash bus on Broadway in Downtown LA. http://yfrog.com/h8p1fzcj
Photo by AspieJourno on twitter

@metrolosangeles well the Gold line is running sweet enough, no complaint from the end to back :) http://twitpic.com/5xymyf
Photo by bgrmosaic on twitter

#MetroWin
Just bought my first $5 day pass for @metrolosangeles … Saving $1 feels so good!
dirtynap
August 2, 2011
Riding @metrolosangeles gives me time to pray, read and think–3 important things that I otherwise overlook when I’m busy.
kellymbishop
August 2, 2011
A price drop?! It’s a miracle! RT @TheLAScene: RT @metrolosangeles Metro day passes drops from $6 to $5. thesource.metro.net/?p=26779 #LA
alexandraeh
August 2, 2011
Love that I can finally take the Metro to my new office in downtown L.A. it’s fast and easy. Thanks @metrolosangeles !
MichaelTimmons
July 27, 2011
It’s true…you really don’t need a car in LA for the most part! Only difficulty is traveling at night @metrolosangeles http://t.co/UZRaVY2
LAUrbanNerd
July 27, 2011
@metrolosangeles initially I felt #LosAngeles wasted it’s money with subway over the light rail; having taken the subway, more appreciative.
bgrmosaic
August 2, 2011
The best part about freeway median-running light rail is passing up all the cars that are stuck in traffic. @metrolosangeles
xtdave
July 29, 2011
Yay! Affordable public transport! RT @metrolosangeles Cost of Metro day passes drops from $6 to $5 today! http://t.co/FtAZi3m
ezrahorne
August 1, 2011
@metrolosangeles the driver on line 45 #5382 is a saint he made sure those woman and children got as much info as possible #givehimaraise
mm_guidry
July 31, 2011
Thanks @metrolosangeles! You guys rock! We’ll pass the info along.
Commuterama
July 29, 2011
@metrolosangeles riding the subway and light rail system here for the 1st time has been nice :)
bgrmosaic
August 1, 2011
@metrolosangeles good to hear about those extended hours. Need to make it a permanent thing for holidays and weekends!
RedEbbm
August 1, 2011
The 733 is totally my favorite bus line @metrolosangeles
eileenlee
August 2, 2011
#MetroFail
@metrolosangeles I still had to pay $6 for a day pass. Your tap machines on buses STILL charge $6 & not the new $5 price
rrrchica80
August 2, 2011
it’s always something @metrolosangeles #smh :(
DesSoFlyy
July 28, 2011
Well whadayouknow @metrolosangeles. Standing room only on west-bound 720 bus out of Westwood at 10:50. Can’t wait until that subway in 2030
Waltarrrrr
July 29, 2011
@metrolosangeles please tell driver of 7055 to not run the red light at santa monica and san vincente in the future… we had walk signal
ImChrisHughes
July 30, 2011
25 mins and counting…can you sue @metrolosangeles if you have a heat stroke?
sunny_Menagerie
August 1, 2011
Apparently, trying to buy an EZPass on the first of the month is madness. #metrolosangeles
Kythera
August 1, 2011
Really 20 minutes late for @metrolosangeles 292 line?
jonthelam
July 30, 2011
@metrolosangeles i luv ya’ll but, ur TAP cards r faulty. this is my 3rd one to go out! not cool! where can i get 1, that wont b a hasstle?
odiboluminous
August 1, 2011
#MetroMusings
Research: Riding @metrolosangeles Red Line subway may expose you to #pollution, but driving freeway in your car is worse http://ow.ly/5Txq6
USC_Research
August 2, 2011
I think @metrolosangeles should do an annual #carmageddon. It would be a great to finish freeway work quickly and encourage ppl to #golocal.
bengutz
July 27, 2011
props to the dudes who bike to/from on @metrolosangeles buses/trains, only time i will do that is biking in Santa Barbara County #workout
loveandhatela
July 28, 2011
Oh wow. Riding bus number 5151 this morning…just one digit off from insanity. How apropo for a Monday morning! ;D #metrolosangeles
Kythera
August 1, 2011
flapping my arms like a fool to get the @metrolosangeles bus drivers attention. at night, its kinda necessary since im a ninja and all.
anyonebutgil
August 1, 2011
A guy on the @metrolosangeles train was crocheting. That’s probably the coolest thing I’ve seen all week.
JeffreyMann
July 27, 2011
#GoMetro
check out my adventures moving in LA on the MTA @metrolosangeles http://bit.ly/pLbwgD woot woot 4 #green Transport #greenmoving (RT please)
movingpro
July 28, 2011
I feel like I make getting on the @metrolosangeles in Beverly Hills as glamorous as possible.
dirtynap
July 29, 2011
Becoming a superstar at the @metrolosangeles bus? check. now i’m off to my first LA metro rail adventure. wish me luck!
andrea_fj
July 30, 2011
Just got a free ChicoBag for taking @metrolosangeles to the #XGames. Fits in a pocket and unfolds to carry stuff! http://t.co/zUt5Acp
StevenMWhite
July 29, 2011
@metrolosangeles I saw Wonder Woman tonight at the Red Line station at Hollywood and Highland
meowser8
July 30, 2011
Sick of driving all over LA? Get moving and take the @metrolosangeles! http://northstarmoving.com/blog/2011/moving-in-la-on-the-bus/
movingpro
August 1, 2011


@MetroLosAngeles Twitter Tuesday – new and improved!

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, a weekly feature here at The Source in which we round up the latest Metro related tweets in the Twitterverse. To follow Metro on Twitter just search for @MetroLosAngeles. We recommend adding the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets to get our attention.

For specific complaints and customer service, please use the Customer Comment Form on Metro.net.

#ArtOfTransit
#MetroWin
@metrolosangeles Silver Line operator on 7/22 @ 00:15 bus #8360 knew how to take only zone fare when presented with EZ Pass + TAP $ purse :D
ieko1224
July 22, 2011
Biking the Exposition corridor from the future Bergamont station to Pico station. Looking good @metrolosangeles ! #expoline
NeelSodha
July 22, 2011
Great job @metrolosangeles with free buses, communication from wardlow to dt long beach during construction!
dirtynap
July 23, 2011
Never thought I would spend time getting around Los Angeles via the subway @metrolosangeles, actually a convenient way of going downtown.
davidgabbay
July 23, 2011
@FredCamino: Thanks for writing a nice review of @vidappe on The Source blog for @metrolosangeles! Check it out – http://t.co/Wv9qIIe
vidappe
July 26, 2011
#MetroMusings
LA’s high commuter stress index is one of the reasons I take @MetroLosAngeles to work: http://bit.ly/nK3K85
ZachBehrens
July 21, 2011
on the @metrolosangeles going 2 downtown LA from long beach. i with there was more public transportation. #LAneedstogetittogether
oooESTHERooo
July 22, 2011
Dear future self: don’t wait for the next @metrolosangeles bus in the hope that it’ll be less crowded.
lotormatic
July 22, 2011
@metrolosangeles Streetcar needs Broadway, Staples Center, Bunker Hill. Doesn’t need Union Station, which has plenty of other links
jim61773
July 22, 2011
Just realized that for 10 years I’ve been hoping @metrolosangeles would put a light rail line to @LACMA. 10 years?! #purpleline
faboomama
July 23, 2011
I just drove the entire stretch of Wilshire from Santa Monica to Downtown. @metrolosangeles 720 Rapid would have been a much better idea.
ChicCircuit
July 24, 2011
Took the @metrolosangeles Red Line subway to work for the first time today. And then hit green at every crosswalk. #pedestrianism
StevenMWhite
July 25, 2011
Mexican-american artist ‘Magú’ dies at 70. You might recognize his art at Hollywood/Vine @metrolosangeles station. http://t.co/OczctpN
kyoshino
July 26, 2011
#GoMetro
Heading out to Old Pasadena Film Festival. On #metrolosangeles gold line.
MissTraffic
July 23, 2011
Off to @HollywoodBowl on the shuttle. Tip: Show your @metrolosangeles ticket, and shuttle ride’s free!
anyneverywhere
July 25, 2011
#MetroFail
@metrolosangeles 50 min wait on the 2/302 then the bus passes sunset & vine! #epicfail
raimyrosenduft
July 21, 2011
#Nextrip says the next 108 eastbound is in 25 minutes. It should be here now, as it’s almost 7:45… >.> @metrolosangeles
Kythera
July 21, 2011
My house to downtown L.A. by car 20 mins. My house to DTLA on @metrolosangeles 1 hour 20 mins. #ridiculous
DannyPeyton
July 22, 2011
@metrolosangeles Please, for the love of God, run the EB 720 on shorter headways on weekend afternoons. Thanks.
kneel28
July 23, 2011
@BloomfestLA was super fun but @metrolosangeles was a major fail.
Style_Scout
July 23, 2011
Buying a @metrolosangeles pass on a Sunday is way more difficult than it should be when you live across from Union Station. Where do I go?
StevenMWhite
July 24, 2011
Lazy @metrolosangeles Line 81 bus driver waves off a group of waiting passengers at bus stop (incl. me) presumably just “because” #fail
FredCamino
July 24, 2011
@metrolosangeles the power problem on the gold line this evening could have been handled MUCH better.
bmccswrrr
July 25, 2011
@metrolosangeles Gold Line #fail. Should have been home 45 mins ago. Just got on the shuttle bus at SW Museum.
NathanUnbound
July 25, 2011
@metrolosangeles is so jumbled and disorganized. Navigating it is easy enough, figuring out how to pay for a ride isn’t. #imissmychicagocard
entropicgoat
July 25, 2011
Wishes the @metrolosangeles bus route #728 left on time in the am. Nothing like waking up early to get to work late…#metrofail
brittybagles
July 26, 2011

 

@MetroLosAngeles Twitter Tuesday

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, a weekly feature here at The Source in which we’ll round up the latest Metro related tweets in the Twitterverse. To follow Metro on Twitter just search for @MetroLosAngeles. We recommend adding the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets to get our attention.

And when it comes to complaints, the best way to get them addressed is to use the Customer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.

The @metrolosangeles is nice :) The @metrolosangeles is nice :)

Remember to tag your tweet pics with #artoftransit. This one is courtesy of @lowimpactbetty.

#ArtOfTransit

#MetroWin

After the jump, #MetroMusings on #Carmageddon and other issues plus this week’s #MetroFail tweets. Continue reading


@MetroLosAngeles Twitter Tuesday – #Carmageddon! edition

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, a weekly feature here at The Source in which we’ll round up the latest Metro related tweets in the Twitterverse. To follow Metro on Twitter just search for @MetroLosAngeles. We recommend adding the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets to get our attention.

And when it comes to complaints, the best way to get them addressed is to use the Customer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.

#Carmageddon

mindykaling I bet you there’ll be so many babies conceived during Carmageddon

DavidSpade nostradamus predicted carmageddon… and i think mob wives.. and possibly hoarders but i may be wrong

lastreetsblog Why does Streetsblog not cover Carmageddon? Because we don’t think Angelenos are idiots. bit.ly/nHCtgN

tomjensen100 This is the first NASCAR race ever with 140,000 start and park cars. #carmageddon

MJMcKean I’m tired of “carmageddon“. I’m going with “carmagaddadavida”.

MissLeslieG Harry Potter opens the weekend of Carmageddon. What do I do? My Nimbus 3000 is in the shop! #ITrulyAmADork

therealzooeyd Getting ready for ‘carmageddon‘ just excited it’s not karma-karma-karma-karma-karma-mageddon! because that one comes and goes. #boygeorge

thepatrickwalsh Everyone in LA is freaking out about Carmageddon. What they should be scared of is what will hit a few weeks later: Jeep Impact.

After the jump… #ArtOfTransit, #MetroFail and more.

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@MetroLosAngeles Twitter Tuesday

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, a weekly feature here at The Source in which we’ll round up the latest Metro related tweets in the Twitterverse. To follow Metro on Twitter just search for @MetroLosAngeles. We recommend adding the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets to get our attention.

And when it comes to complaints, the best way to get them addressed is to use the Customer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.

Red Car #artoftransitRemember to tag your tweet pics with #artoftransit. This one of San Pedro’s classic Red Car is courtesy of @thedudeabides.

#ArtOfTransit

jim61773 Cosplayers on the @MetroLosAngeles subway? Why not? Thank you, cosplayers at #AX11 for your help. http://flic.kr/s/aHsjvohPrJ

thedudeabides: @metrolosangeles red car #artoftransit http://instagr.am/p/HBtW1/

#MetroWin

ayogist wondering when the next @metrolosangeles bus is due to arrive? wonder no more: twitpic.com/5jc139

surayafadel: @metrolosangeles thank u! wonderful, clean, air conditioned ride down Ventura blvd. Been yrs! Exceeded expectations

almightyopp @almightyopp loves @metrolosangeles

#GoMetro

SimonOh After 15 years, I have just completed traveling the entire @metrolosangeles Rail/BRT network.

ccjao Going to the @GOODLAHQ meet up tonight. Taking @MetroLosAngeles ! Ought to be a nice ride. See you there! #LA

transit_tweets: @metrolosangeles Saw more cosplay on red, blue and gold lines today.

veralusia blueline train condcutor calling out stops using his don pardo voice. bizarre, yet amusing. @metrolosangeles should hear it.

After the jump, some unhappy tweets about last week’s service changes in #MetroFail. Continue reading


Poll results: is transit attracting enough new riders?

Results of The Source's poll of transit riders.

A few weeks back I noticed an interesting chart on the America Public Transportation Association [APTA] website on how long people had been riding transit. The chart was compiled using data provided by local agencies across the U.S.

In particular, I was struck by their numbers showing that a lot of people — about 30 percent of people surveyed nationally — had been riding transit continuously for one year or less. That suggests that for whatever reason(s), people are willing to try transit.

I posted a similar poll on The Source. As of Thursday, there were 364 responses and the results are above. That’s not exactly overwhelming and certainly not scientific.

With those caveats, it’s still intriguing to compare our numbers to the numbers from APTA. In our poll, about 15 percent of those who responded said they had been riding transit continuously for a year or less and 70 percent had been riding continuously for two years or more.

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Curb the car? The debate continues on European style transportation policy

The front page story from Monday’s N.Y. Times about Europe’s transportation policies that push the car to the perimeter is still sparking discussion.

Yesterday the Times invited nine experts to debate the issue: should the historically car crazy U.S. adopt a similar policy?

It’s obvious from the commentaries that one reason this story has legs is that it’s a divisive topic that is tangled up with all sorts of other contentious issues. Gentrification, taxation, central planning vs. market forces and generational differences are all mixed up making a cocktail that you either love or hate.

Good points are brought up on both sides of the issue. Urban planning professor Robert Bruegmann notes that while Europe’s dense central cities may be implementing anti-car policies, more Europeans are actually moving to the suburbs and living in American style sprawl.

One of the most interesting takes on the issue comes from Laurie Volk and Todd Zimmerman – two researchers who look at housing market trends and demographics. They think that while most Americans currently flinch at the thought of curbing the car, a cultural change is coming with the Millennial generation.

Millennials, now the largest generation in the nation’s history, are the first generation raised in the auto utopia of the ’70s and ’80s. Many millennials have vowed to spare their offspring a similar auto-oriented childhood. We predict that millennials in much larger percentages than predecessor generations will remain in urban neighborhoods when they become parents, fighting for school excellence and robust transportation alternatives to the private automobile.

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Readers think Europe has it right: make transit better even if it makes driving harder

NY Times Article Poll Results

Yesterday’s New York Times article on Europe’s efforts to shore up transportation alternatives at the expense of driving stirred up a lot of conversation around the net – including right here on The Source. Our informal poll asking readers whether the agree with European transportation policy racked up over 170 votes since it was posted.

The overall feedback from readers? The majority (72%) agree that it’s worth inconveniencing the private car to encourage more alternatives.

A smaller percentage (26%) think that we should invest in more transportation alternatives – but not at the expense of cars. Of course, that begs the question: is it possible to make alternatives attractive when policy makes driving super convenient?

Only 2% feel that the U.S. way is the automobile, and it’s best to leave it that way.

Of course, our readership is biased – according to our Reader Survey, over 70% of our readers are regular transit riders. Opinions may vary on L.A. hot rod enthusiast blogs.

The poll is still open, so please feel free to add your two cents. And after the jump, a few highlighted comments from readers.

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@MetroLosAngeles Twitter Tuesday

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, a weekly feature here at The Source in which we’ll round up the latest Metro related tweets in the Twitterverse. To follow Metro on Twitter just search for @MetroLosAngeles. We recommend adding the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets to get our attention.

And when it comes to complaints, the best way to get them addressed is to use the Customer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.

Remember to tag your tweet pics with #artoftransit. This one is courtesy of @inc1979.

Remember to tag your tweet pics with #artoftransit. This one is courtesy of @inc1979.

#ArtOfTransit

inc1979: Photo: M is for Morales & @MetroLosAngeles http://tumblr.com/xdx33vlsgw

neelsodha: Hey @metrolosangeles check this subway station’s stairs (Sukharevskaya) on the Russian Metro http://t.co/iieawNo

thedudeabides: Union station @metrolosangeles http://instagr.am/p/GY2LS/

inc1979: Photo: @metrolosangeles Del Mar Gold Line Station – Pasadena http://tumblr.com/xdx34gr7q5

@FredCamino It’s @Metrolink at Union Station @metrolosangeles #artoftransit http://img.ly/5oT5

javi_verified: Sitting in #LATraffic for not taking @metrolosangeles #artoftransit NOT http://instagr.am/p/GNMuZ/

zachbehrens: A reason I take @MetroLosAngeles instead of driving: the 101 Freeway (photo taken from bus). http://instagr.am/p/GPWA9/

thedudeabides: Red line @metrolosangeles http://instagr.am/p/GY2LO/

plusmetro: Transit Photo of the Day: Entrance to the #MetroLosAngeles Harbor Transitway Bus Services. #445 #Bus http://t.co/NbHiR8N

#MetroWin

stevenmwhite: Well, @metrolosangeles was so fast I got here 15 minutes earlier than expected. Gold Line was packed. Great to see that. #win

javi_verified: Full train in green line @metrolosangeles..good to know that LA is taking advantage of public transportation even when out for summer school

wesadena: 405 closure hysteria = Y2K freak outs. helpful @metrolosangeles website with countdown clock! http://bit.ly/ir3RXm

transit_tweets: @metrolosangeles The NICEST bus driver is at the wheel of the 217 Vermont/Sunset right now. She’s the best! :D

ale_schrader: Very excited about the Expo Line! Thanks, @metrolosangeles, for bringing mass #transit to L.A. http://yfrog.com/h4brzmyj

@PBunches Hey @metrolosangeles, you need to give an award to the female bus driver assigned to Route 720/Bus#9349 today. She’s a PRO! #jobwelldone

@blinkie @metrolosangeles and LA Sheriffs, good job on crowd control at Union Stn. Gold Cup crowds very orderly.

@ChicCircuit Heading to #IMATS on public transit. Easy breezy @metrolosangeles. Ain’t never seen a girl dressed up on the train? Get over it.

More tweets, including #MetroFail after the jump! Continue reading


@MetroLosAngeles Twitter Tuesday

Remember to tag your tweet pics with #artoftransit. This one is courtesy of @zachbehrens.

Remember to tag your tweet pics with #artoftransit. This one is courtesy of @zachbehrens.

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, a weekly feature here at The Source in which we’ll round up the latest Metro related tweets in the Twitterverse. To follow Metro on Twitter just search for @MetroLosAngeles. We recommend adding the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets to get our attention.

And when it comes to complaints, the best way to get them addressed is to use the Customer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.

#ArtOfTransit

zachbehrens: Escalator, @MetroLosAngeles Vermont/Sunset Red Line Station http://instagr.am/p/GGkap/

plusmetro: Customized my phone’s home, @metrolosangeles style. http://t.co/d8pmyjv

straycat888: The adventure begins! http://lockerz.com/s/111888056 #metrolosangeles #metrolink

fredcamino: Captured the @metrolosangeles Gold Line passing over the 101 on my way to Big Bear http://ow.ly/i/d6xk #artoftransit

zachbehrens: The @MetroLosAngeles Purple Line arrives. http://instagr.am/p/FxoqP/

#MetroWin

chadl2: I’m LOVING @MetroLosAngeles‘s new web feature – know exactly when your #NextBus is arriving via GPS http://www.metro.net/service/nextrip/

transit_tweets: @metrolosangeles last 2 S/B trips of Silver Line not showing up on GMaps! Thank god for NextBus.. http://yfrog.com/kg13848745p

veralusia: @metrolosangeles there’s a lady driver who runs the silver line in the morning & sings at the wheel. she’s awesome! #tellherboss

More tweets, including #MetroFail after the jump! Continue reading