Take our Why I Cycle survey

Hollywood/Western Biker Chick

Do you love to bring your bike on Metro? Tell us why!

Bikes are huge right now! CicLAvia was a rousing success, Metro just lifted its rush hour ban on bikes on trains and National Bike Month is days away. Because of this we thought it was a great time to launch a new series on the Source titled “Why I Cycle” to spotlight local bicyclists who have made the daring leap from car-dependent to car-free or at least car-light in Los Angeles.

If CicLAvia is any indication, cycling in L.A. has never been more popular (or important in light of rising gas prices, congestion and air pollution). More and more people are utilizing bikes for fun and transportation, and we’d like to reveal how they roll through personal accounts of bicycle use, and in particular, connections with L.A.’s Metro system.

Point your browser to thesource.metro.net/cyclesurvey, fill out the survey and we’ll spotlight your own story on the Source. We’ll publish survey responses over the next month to inspire and guide others in L.A. who are considering joining L.A.’s two-wheeled revolution.

And don’t forget, Metro is celebrating Bike Week L.A. on May 16-20.

Remember our 2010 Reader Survey? We've (finally) compiled the results for you.

Survey results.

Readers want more of everything, especially more coverage of transportation projects and what goes on behind the scenes at Metro.

As 2010 was winding down and The Source was celebrating the end of its first year of Metro blogging, we put together a poll to find out more about our readers and what they thought about Metro’s Web 2.0 venture.

We closed the survey in January of this year and were left with a messy spreadsheet of data. We went through the data at the time, but our day-to-day blogging duties got in the way of compiling an honest-to-goodness report on the results.

I’m happy to write that even though we’re well on our way to 2012, we’ve compiled the report and you can download it right here. Continue reading


@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 theCustomer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.

#MetroFail

skrooz It’s hard when I try 2 be part of the solution when there’s no parking spaces in the @metrolosangeles Green station in Norwalk AND Lakewood!

iamjoecalixto i hate the @metrolosangeles line 90/91 past 8pm! theyre an hour behind schedule!!!

ADD_Avenger Seriously @metrolosangeles the #I405 is one of the busiest freeways in the country we NEED to #BuildASepulvedaTrainBefore2039

ADD_Avenger The reason we don’t have a #Masstransit system in #LA that people WANT to use is that they complain to their friends not @metrolosangeles

tedder42 The lady driving @metrolosangeles #720 (bus 9521) is angry and aggravated. Where’s my seatbelt?

sportstsar @metrolosangeles Orange Line driver on Warner Center bus 9492 just slammed the door on my arm as I was exiting, ripping off a piece of skin

theglutster 25 minutes waiting for the “Commerce Center” eastbound Rapid, yet, three “Main st.” ones have passed. Yes, I hate you @MetroLosAngeles #fail

#MetroWin

LAMisoSoup Big shoutout to Carrie on the #84 to DTLA today. Best bus driver ever. Made my morning. @metrolosangeles

thelittlefella I’m proud to have a new convert @theChony to @metrolosangeles! Sierra Madre Villa Sta. to Culver City via gold line & 733. What a commute!

oooESTHERooo 1st time using @metrolosangeles! on the way 2 the @grilldcheez event in #LA. i love public transit! #hopethisworksout

malcolmbmiller @metrolosangeles the #flyaway really is awesome. one of the best amenities of LA public transit.

AndreaC007 I celebrate earth day taking @metrolosangeles feeling good about my carbon footprint.

Click through the jump for our Twitter follower’s #MetroSuggestions and #ObservationsInTransitContinue reading


@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 theCustomer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.

#MetroFail

davidklor Seriously? Three turkey leg bones on the Blue Line platform this morning? #metrolosangeles keeps it classy.

alloutattack Bus #9305 is disgusting: filthy floors, gross seats. Oh and the row broken free from the ceiling that’s kneecapping peeps. @metrolosangeles

silusesMac @metrolosangeles, hate those Thomas buses on line 96, no AC on a hot day is torture, when are the newer buses going to fully replace them

andiedavino @metrolosangeles please thank your redline train driver nb @ 835 left 2 minutes early fr US & leaving me behind, thus making me late 4 work

ahealthydesign 704 Dtown->Hwood = great AM. PM: No seat, kid kickin my gut, man pushin my behind. More buses pls #metrolosangeles http://twitpic.com/4mgjmp

metrofied84 #metrolosangeles your buses are overcrowded run the articulated ones in WeHo for the love of god I’m suffocating

clarely Way back, bus is 15 minutes late… and now I have a sunburn. #transitfail @metrolosangeles

clarely @metrolosangeles Your bus drivers need to STOP when there are customers at a stop waving at them. Am now out of luck to get somewhere bc of the 212.

johnharpster @metrolosangeles 733 is over 20 min late to Main/Grand.. but I’ve seen about 8 going the other direction #forreal

#MetroWin

John_Mundy @metrolosangeles LA bus drivers are honestly the nicest bus drivers I’ve met in the world. #LA

Waltarrrrr Ya know, it’s pretty awesome that @metrolosangeles isn’t really affected by oil prices. ALL their buses run on compressed natural gas.

toybuilder @metrolosangeles‘s #nextbus service is a great example of GPS, broadband, databases, mobile web, and Google maps coming together!

calwatch The silver line is doing great tonight… Too bad @metrolosangeles only runs it once an hour after 10. So much for rail like service.

There’s more tweets after the jump…

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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 theCustomer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.


#CicLAvia

Miguel2299 @metrolosangeles thank u Metro I <3 u! U made my first CicLavia what it was. & thats AMAZING :] <3! ~kid from Simi Valley

toybuilder @metrolosangeles lots of bicyclists can’t board Gold line at all. trains are almost full for non-bikes. Need 3-car trains now! #ciclavia

blinkie Heading to CicLAvia on #metrolosangeles. So much easier to explore Downtown when you don’t have to dodge cars!

u62 My first win of @cicLAvia and I’m still in Venice. This 733 @metrolosangeles bus isn’t charging today #ExtraPupuseria

anahr @ciclavia bound! thank you @metrolosangeles for longer trains to accommodate bikes today http://4sq.com/f0k9mI

blinkie Bicyclists on the Gold Line trying to keep their bikes out of other people’s way. Compare that to your average parking lot. #metrolosangeles

markvalli .@metrolosangeles Gimme one of those longer trains at lake station, baby! @anahr & I need to get to @CicLAvia

stevelandharris Using @metrolosangeles during #CicLAvia was flawless with NextBus and racks to carry our bikes. Big ups to the great operators on 201 & 94!

Waltarrrrr Kudos to @metrolosangeles for the extra trains and buses around @CicLAvia yesterday.

#fail

adamlarue @metrolosangeles The Blue Line has hit a new low. Train vendor selling individual cigarettes and packs on the train.

blinkie @metrolosangeles Drivers don’t take Metro for the same reason Metro employees don’t — no service or unreliable service when they need it.

pxxxjxxx @metrolosangeles 239Bus8249 arrived with an emergency window dangling open. This is a serious risk. I’m losing faith in Los Angeles transit.

amysilstein 720 was empty but it passed dt stop and about 10 peeps waitng #metrolosangeles

sunny_Menagerie I rushed in vons to wait for a late bus…thanks for my wasted time @metrolosangeles

pxxxjxxx @metrolosangeles Your monday driver for the southbound 239 has been 30 minutes late for weeks now. Can you please reprimand or replace them?

CoasterMatt Hey @metrolosangeles – thanks for nothing! Another day, another bus that doesn’t show up. #commutingisfun

More tweets after the jump. Continue reading


Hey! What happened to The Source?

Just a quick heads up: Metro’s Spanish-language blog El Pasajero is launching on Friday and will be prominently featured for the next few days on the Metro.net homepage in place of The Source’s usual chunk of real estate. But we’re not going away! There will still be a tab linking to The Source and, of course, you can always just go straight to our site by bookmarking http://thesource.metro.net.

Here’s the news release announcing the arrival of El Pasajero.