Why You Don't Ride: Nancy M., Sherman Oaks

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.

Want to share your story? Take the survey here if you ride transit regularly, or take this one if you don’t ride.

Who You Are:

Name: Nancy M.
Occupation: Web programmer
Location: Sherman Oaks

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

I drive every day to work at the Disney Lot. I also typically visit friends and surf on the Westside on the weekends.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Home to work, and also to swim practice, which is only a mile from where I live. I try to keep most of my business local or buy stuff via the Internet to keep my commute small. I bike when my trips are less than a mile.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

1

How long does your commute typically take?

30 minutes for 10 miles, each way.

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

I hate it. There has to be a better way.

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

$50 – $100

Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?

I’ve tried taking the 549 Commuter Express, but it stops running super early in the morning. I’ve also attempted to take the Rapid 750 and switch to the 96, but if I miss the 96, it doesn’t come by again for another hour.

Why do you drive?

Unfortunately, it’s still far more convenient than taking the bus.

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Why You Ride: ALW, Wisconsin

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: ALW
Occupation: Retired
Location: Wisconsin

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

I use transit to go lots of places while visiting my sister several times a year.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Long Beach to LA, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Pasadena.

What lines/routes do you take?

All Metro rail lines, plus bus lines 720, 2, 4, 260, 780, 217, 16, 130 and  several others that I can’t remember the numbers of right now.

How long does it typically take?

Depends where I’m going.

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?

$50 – $100

Why do you take transit?

I’m a public transit freak — I love to ride buses and trains and see where I can get to.

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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:

CarlessValGirl FYI, #metrolosangeles the time board @ Balboa Station has been stuck at 20 mins for the last 5 mins. The metro liner actually just arrived.

PBunches @metrolosangeles Can you fix the trip planner on the mobile site soon?! It’s a serious pain in the you-know-what not being able to use it!

AlaiaWilliams @metrolosangeles new mobile site is no good. Doesn’t give multiple options.

TheDudeAbides If you have kidney stones I recommend taking @metrolosangeles 720 bus down Wilshire. Potholes = shaky bus #fixourstreetstonyv

jonrobaina Hey @metrolosangeles, once again, #slapyourself

sirinya47 Having NO transit karma tonight. Where is the @metrolosangeles 720? Just watch, 5 will come bunched up together.

wiyum Dear MTA Line 704 bus driver: chewing on flosspiks while driving is unhygienic, in very poor taste. Love, devoted rider. #metrolosangeles

RobertMoranLA Lol At times #metrolosangeles decision process borders on stupid. RT @LAist Color Me Expo: New Rail Line is Not ‘Aqua’ http://t.co/Q8542bY

Juan_Matute Why does @metrolosangeles CEO Art Leahy hate UCLA so much? Will this affect the planning for the @WestsideSubway or #WilshireBRT?

RedEbbm Turn styles for the gold at sierra madre but not union? How is this system going to work @metrolosangeles?

Waltarrrrr Pro tip: @MetroLosAngeles bus service north of Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena is the least-reliable of the entire system. I keep forgetting this

Kudos and compliments:

sebastian_santo @metrolosangeles I’m in line #20 going east on Wilshire and just has to say that the driver on bus #6502 is THE BEST PERSON EVER! Props!

SimonOh Bus bridge for @metrolosangeles Blue Line. Keep up the good work, Expo Line construction crew! http://4sq.com/1wtsQR

NeelSodha I love having a monthly EZ Transit Pass with a P1 express sticker! #metrolosangeles

amysmythe This is why I’m glad I ride @metrolosangeles http://yfrog.com/15wqrhj

AnarchyGarden My husband loves riding @metrolosangeles for that same reason! (@amysmythe)

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Why You Don't Ride: KiKa, Harvard Heights

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.

Want to share your story? Take the survey here if you ride transit regularly, or take this one if you don’t ride.

Who You Are:

Name: KiKa
Occupation: Transit Operations Supervisor
Location: Historical Harvard Heights, West of Downtown L.A.

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

At minimum I drive 5 days a week.  I commute to and from work (Downtown L.A.) and run errands.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

I typically travel from my home to work, Monday-Friday and back.  On my way home is when I run errands – at least once or twice a week.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

We are a household of 6 and between us all we have 4 vehicles.  On a daily basis 3 of the 4 vehicles are used.  Three of us drive daily and the other 3 commute by bus, daily.

How long does your commute typically take?

From my front door to walking into my building at work takes approximately 13 minutes; 10 of the 13 minutes are actual drive time.

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

I love it!

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

$50 – $100

Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?

Once in a while I will carpool with my husband who works 1 mile away from where I work.  I’ve been known to jump on the bus from time to time, but not to get to work.

Why do you drive?

Driving for me is extremely convenient especially when I shop for groceries on my way home from work.

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Why You Ride: Vijay, L.A. County

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: Vijay
Occupation: Government employee
Location: L.A. County (Unincorporated)

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

I ride the Metro bus line Monday through Friday, weekly, to and from work. Unless the bus is too late, then I drive.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Imperial Hwy/Western Ave to Broadway Ave/Pico Blvd and back.

What lines/routes do you take?

Mornings: From Imperial/Western, the 757 or 207, to Western/MLK, then 740 or 40/42A, to Broadway/Pico. The bus line varies depending on the bus driver. Some drivers seem to be later than late, and I catch the buses earlier than I need too. I can’t be late to work. As a result, I drive more than I would like.

Afternoons: From Broadway/Pico, the 745, to the Green Line station. From there I walk 2 miles home because the Imperial bus, #120, takes too long and I can mostly beat it walking to Imperial/Western.

How long does it typically take?

Morning, if drivers arrives at Imperial/Western which is the first stop going North, 40+ minutes, including wait time. Afternoon, since I only catch one bus, 25+ minutes. I walk the rest.

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

I hate it. There has to be a better way.

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

$100 – $300

Why do you take transit?

To save money on gas, downtown parking fees, repairs, car insurance and to cut gas emissions on the earth. But, I drive more than I would like to so my savings are not as much as they should be. My stress, I feel, has increased because I believe there is no reason to be up to 2-8 minutes late to the first stop after the bus leaves the Crenshaw Station to Imperial/Western. Driver #9445 is always 2 to 8 minutes late to Imperial/Western (the first stop) going North to the Hollywood Station. It’s sad. America’s Best is a joke. I now take the bus before his to get to work extra early.

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Why You Don't Ride: Devin, Woodland Hills

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: Devin
Occupation: Film Editor
Location: Woodland Hills

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

I drive to and from work, plus any meetings I have to take during the course of a day.  On the weekends I drive to entertainment, friends, family, etc.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

I’m usually driving between Woodland Hills and Studio City.  Usually I take Vanowen to Lankershim as it is more predictable in the morning.  I take the 101 in the evening.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

We have a Toyota Prius and a Honda Civic GX (the CNG powered version).  The Prius will be replaced by a Nissan Leaf at the end of the year when deliveries are scheduled.

How long does your commute typically take?

Between 40 and 60 minutes each way.

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?

I use Metro whenever possible.  I can walk to the nearby Orange Line station and sometimes I work on projects that are at or around the Universal City station on the Red Line.

Why do you drive?

Driving gives me the flexibility that my job requires.  Sometimes I also have to take meetings at other locations during the day which can be relatively inaccessible by transit.

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Why You Ride: A.T., Pasadena

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.T.
Occupation: Planner (not Metro)
Location: Pasadena

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

Daily commute. Often at lunch time. Also, for entertainment.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Pasadena to downtown (commute). Downtown Dash to various places for lunch. Pasadena to Hollywood area. Occasionally take a Metro bus to Boyle Heights to visit in-laws.

What lines/routes do you take?

Gold Line, Red Line, Dash, various Metro buses, occasionally the Orange Line and Commuter Express 437.

How long does it typically take?

Depends on the route. Usually less than an hour for my morning commute.

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?

$50 – $100

Why do you take transit?

I’m turning into Ed Begley Jr. in terms of avoiding owning or driving a car.

At first it was a cost saving measure, but when I combined bicycling and transit, much of L.A. became completely available without needing a car.

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Why You Don't Ride: Cathy Cole, Van Nuys

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.

Want to share your story? Take the survey here if you ride transit regularly, or take this one if you don’t ride.

Who You Are:

Name: Cathy Cole
Occupation: Census field rep
Location: Van Nuys

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

I need to drive to call on the people that I survey for my job 10 days each month. I also drive to do grocery shopping, etc.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

From West Van Nuys all over the San Fernando Valley.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

1

How long does your commute typically take?

10 to 30 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 ride the bus and subways sometimes.

Why do you drive?

I need a car for my job. The buses don’t run often enough to get where I need to be.

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Why You Ride: Jesse Tovar, San Gabriel Valley

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: Jesse Tovar
Occupation: Student and traveler
Location: San Gabriel Valley

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

Four days a week during a semester at the Los Angeles Community College District schools. I have to get to school from South Arcadia, so Metro is the way to go.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

My house in Mayflower Village (Monrovia, Arcadia, Irwindale, Duarte, and Temple City wrapped into one) to Los Angeles City College.

What lines/routes do you take?

Monday/Wednesday: 78 to Red Line or 704 at Union Station. It’s a short walk from Santa Monica/Vermont to the school’s main entrance.
Tuesday/Thursday: 270 or Foothill Transit 494 (if I have extra money and/or if it comes first) to El Monte Station where I catch the Silver Line or Foothill Transit 481 (if I caught the 494) or Silver Streak (if it’s ready to leave before Metro Silver Line) to Red Line at 1st/Hill to Santa Monica/Vemont.

During the semester, I mix it up by riding numerous Metro Local, Rapid, and Express Lines like the 30’s, 40’s, 439, 450 to name a few. Seriously, I think I’ve ridden every single Metro Bus and Rail Line!

How long does it typically take?

Monday/Wednesday: Close to an hour and a half if I got on Red Line. Over an hour and a half taking the 704.
Tuesday/Thursday: If I get the 5:51am 270 down to El Monte Station, I’ll be there by 7am the latest. Same result if I take the 10 instead at 1st/Hill to Melrose/Vermont, and it’s also a short walk from L.A.C.C.

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?

Save money since I like to eat at expensive places when I’m in L.A. and shop at low-budget places, saving me more money. Also to save the environment, that sounds heavenly! Long after I have my license, I’ll still ride Metro and Foothill any day because I don’t have to worry about parking as that slows down everyone’s day.

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Why You Don't Ride: J, Long Beach

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: J
Occupation: Engineer
Location: Long Beach

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

Everyday, for work and pleasure.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Long Beach to Alhambra for work.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

1

How long does your commute typically take?

30 minutes in the morning, 1 hour in the evenings.

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?

$100 – $300

Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?

Bicycle, use transit when feasible.

Why do you drive?

Transit takes at least 2 hours to get to work – not worth the extra time (service just isn’t convenient when I need to be at work at around 6:30am).

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