‘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:
Your Transportation Routine:
How often do you drive and for what purpose?
Every day for work during the daytime, at night I drive to various destinations for social activities.
Where are you typically traveling from and going to?
Monday through Friday to and from work, evenings to various social destinations downtown, weekends round trip to La Verne.
How many vehicles do you or your family have?
One, just for me.
How long does your commute typically take?
30 minutes against traffic.
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 use a road bike for long distance recreational riding. I carpool when possible for social destinations over 10 miles away. I sometimes ride the Gold Line when I have a destination near Union Station, but the connection to the Red Line is supremely inconvenient with the walk and wait time making a transfer to get one stop closer to downtown ridiculous. If I’m not dressed to nicely, It’s almost faster to walk to Fourth and Main.
Why do you drive?
Even when my drive is with traffic it is faster than Metro. It took me three hours to get from USC to Redondo Beach waterfront using rail and buses on a Saturday! Why would I sacrifice speed and flexibility just to use Metro? It should be one or the other. Driving should be more flexible, and rail should be faster. Since buses compete on the same grid as cars, they’re doomed to fail on both counts.