‘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:
Name: Eric B.
Location: Culver City
Your Transit Routine:
How often do you take transit and for what purpose?
Several times a week depending on where I’m going. I generally choose places to go based on how easy it is to not drive there.
Where are you typically traveling from and going to?
My most regular trip is taking the bus to meet my carpool for work. Whenever I don’t bike to work, I go by bus/carpool (1-3 times/week). My girlfriend also lives on the same bus line.
What lines/routes do you take?
733 on Venice is my main route. I can’t wait until the Expo Line opens about a mile from my apartment.
How long does it typically take?
30 minutes to Santa Monica, 50 minutes to Downtown LA.
Briefly, how would you describe your typical transit experience? Love it, deal with it, or hate it?
I deal with it.
On average, what do you spend each month on transportation?
$100 – $300
Why do you take transit?
The biggest reason is that I hate driving in traffic. If I’m on a bus I can read a book or the news. My dad gave me an iPad a few months ago which has made transit even better. My commute is ridiculously far, so if I drove it would be about $10/day in gas alone, not to mention car repair. I’d rather save that money and keep one more car off the 10 Freeway in the morning.