Why You Don't Ride: Wade Gasque, Santa Monica

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: Wade Gasque
Occupation: Writer
Location: Santa Monica

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

Drive to and from work in Santa Monica every day. Drive east to Downtown, Hollywood, etc. maybe once or twice a week for work related meetings and for play.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

See above.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

2

How long does your commute typically take?

10 minutes.

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?

$50 – $100

Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?

I bike in Santa Monica. I take the Big Blue Bus occasionally.

Why do you drive?

Convenient. Buses going east take too long and aren’t always reliable.

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Why You Ride: SMH, San Fernando Valley

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Who You Are:

Name: SMH
Occupation: Mac Tech
Location: San Fernando Valley

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

Everyday. My job is only 3 stops away on the Rapid line by my house.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Getty Center.

What lines/routes do you take?

Rapid 761.

How long does it typically take?

15-20 minutes, same amount of time as driving.

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

I love it!

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

$100 – $300

Why do you take transit?

It’s cheaper and less stressful also downright more convenient.

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Why You Don't Ride: Bob, West Hollywood

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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?

One.

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?

No.

Why do you drive?

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

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Why You Ride: JIM, South Pasadena

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Who You Are:

Name: JIM
Occupation: Research Analyst
Location: South Pasadena

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

I take transit everyday to and from work. I also ride on the weekends to Dodger games, Downtown destinations and other stops off the Gold Line. I often ride Metro buses to run errands during lunch.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

My most common route is from Mission Station in South Pasadena to Union Station via the Gold Line.

What lines/routes do you take?

Gold Line, Bus routes in Downtown LA, DASH B, D and F, and Dodger Stadium Express.

How long does it typically take?

My regular route takes approximately 15 minutes station to station. Including walking my commute is about 25 minutes.

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

I love it!

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

$300 – $500

Why do you take transit?

I take transit because I’m tired of driving, it allows me to do something other than drive during my commute and I enjoy the people watching.

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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.

Complaints and criticisms:

CoasterMatt Hey @MetroLosAngeles! in what freakin’ universe is 1 bus every hour ‘CONVENIENT’?

kapope @metrolosangeles, the 108W is 15 min. late. I worry that it may not come at all.

sunny_Menagerie @metrolosangeles so you’re cutting lines and times but still charging 75 a month? #ridiculous

eddiethelazor Two is a couple; three is a crowd. I just got left behind since their was already two bikes waiting on @metrolosangeles Line 656.

mightymendoza Dammit the @metrolosangeles bus I was going to take back from Trader Joes stopped running. Now to walk 2 miles home. #fail

intellichick Dear @metrolosangeles why have already missed 2 35/335 buses? I have been standing here for both of them.

PBunches I don’t care how much @metrolosangeles enhances Line 14, it’ll never get from Vermont to La Cienega in 20-25min like the 714 does. Not cool.

sirinya47 Also, I just saw a cockroach on my @metrolosangeles bus. Gross.

Kythera Sigh. A fantastic track record finally broken by westbound 108 that was 10 minutes late. #metrolosangeles

notposimatt @metrolosangeles plz post signs if a bus isn’t going to stop somewhere been at 1st and olive in burbank waiting for the 92 for over an hour

nosaenz @villaraigosa stop calling LA a world class city until you give us an airport and public transit worthy of such praise cc: @metrolosangeles

Kudos and compliments:

cindymariej Seriously, LA: @metrolosangeles is pretty convenient and useful

lrgmnky Riding around on @metrolosangeles is SO easy with Google Transit. Wish I could do this at home. I’m looking at you, @cincinnatimetro

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Why You Ride: Brian M., Echo Park

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: Brian M.
Occupation: Graduate Student
Location: Echo Park

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

2-4 times per week to work.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Echo Park to UCLA.

What lines/routes do you take?

2 or 302.

How long does it typically take?

1.5 hours door to door.

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?

Less than $50

Why do you take transit?

To save money and to reduce my environmental impact. I also take the bus when it is raining or too hot to ride my bicycle.

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Why You Don't Ride: Nathan, Venice

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: Nathan
Occupation: Film Industry
Location: Venice

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

I split my time driving or biking/public transit depending on how late I think I might be working or visiting friends across town into the night.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Work and to see friends in Hollywood and Orange County.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

I have one car which runs great, but I’m itching for reasons to get rid of (mostly for the financial benefit as I’d love to put my money elsewhere).

How long does your commute typically take?

By car 20 minutes. By bike or bus 1 hour.

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?

$300 – $500

Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?

Bike and bus. I joined car share and am experimenting living without owning a car.

Why do you drive?

I’ve learned I can deal with public transit going slower, there are other things I can do. I mostly drive because I don’t really like waiting for the bus after dark. Most stops are desolate and poorly lit, so mostly its about convenience and security at night.

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Why You Ride: Eric B., Culver City

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Who You Are:

Name: Eric B.
Occupation: Planner
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.

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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.

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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?

n/a

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

1

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.

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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.


Complaints and criticisms:

Flitz @losangelesmetro I am sick & tired of the 704 to Santa Monica passing by my bus stop full because you fail at scheduling @metrolosangeles

wiyum 11 minutes, 7 720s and a 920 later, still no westbound 20 =(. Wilshire/Fairfax. I should’ve walked.

CarlessValGirl #metrolosangeles the 165 westward is 17 minutes late. According to metro.net it was supposed to come at 4:40. This makes no sense. #fail

killerforhire oh my god, @metrolosangeles is discontinuing the 750 on the weekends?!!!!

killerforhire and @metrolosangeles is discontinuing 780 weekend service? i need a chance to breathe…

killerforhire OK, WHAT? CUTTING THE 920?! @metrolosangeles why have you done this to me?

Tegustamegusta @MetroLosAngeles Can you please hire workers who stop the bus where they’re supposed to instead of leaving passengers stranded?

Kudos and compliments:

phillipkent the mta operator on the rapid 733 right now totally made my day. Happy and lively announcements with an old school hat :) @metrolosangeles

TroyBeast BEaST Thanksgiving ever! thanks to @Amtrak_CA @metrolosangeles for getting me back to LA & #Pasadena safely. now to recover.

Observations in transit:

anyonebutgil saw a @metrolosangeles bus being towed today. was probably the saddest thing ive seen in a long while.

Waltarrrrr I’m such a transit geek. Got all fanboy when @MetroLosAngeles CEO, Art Leahy passed me at Union Station right now. #metrolosangeles.