‘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: Alex Thompson
Occupation: Community Organizer
Location: West LA
Your Transit Routine:
How often do you take transit and for what purpose?
I take the bus for 1-5 round trips a week – probably average twice a week. I take the bus for any longer trips that I don’t ride my bike for. These days I prefer the bus to biking for many trips because I can read or talk or work while on the bus, which I can’t do while biking. It also allows me to be a little more dressy for those times when I go downtown. I still bike a lot though – 50 to 120 miles a week.
Where are you typically traveling from and going to?
Typically I’m traveling from home in Del Rey to either Hollywood or Downtown.
What lines/routes do you take?
I most often take the 733, sometimes take the 33 late at night when the 733 stops, and I take the 207 and some other N/S routes like that to get from Venice Bl to Hollywood.
How long does it typically take?
1 hour for a trip downtown, 1 1/2 or more to get to Hollywood.
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?
For the reasons stated above, plus it also allows me to be a little more dressy for those times when I go downtown.