‘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: Thomas B.
Occupation: Financial Consultant
Your Transportation Routine:
How often do you drive and for what purpose?
I drive four or five days a week to downtown Los Angeles for work, typically arriving by 7am and leaving at about 4pm. Sometimes I run an errand after work; however, only about once a week. An example is to pick-up dry-cleaning on the way home. I reserve my weekends for grocery shopping or for trips to places like Home Depot or Best Buy.
Where are you typically traveling from and going to?
Typically, my driving is to work, from the east side of Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles near 4th & Figueroa.
How many vehicles do you or your family have?
Two vehicles, a four-door sedan and a hybrid SUV.
How long does your commute typically take?
The earlier I leave the better. If I leave from home at 6am, I can get to my office desk in 25-30 minutes. After 7am, I give myself no less than 40-45 minutes to do the same.
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?
Yes. Friday’s are the best days to take the Gold Line into downtown Los Angeles, and then transfer to the Red Line at Union Station. The trains have fewer riders and I avoid the congestion on the way home heading to Las Vegas.
Why do you drive?
Relative to my work commute, I drive because I got tired of being on crowded Gold line trains for a 30 minute ride from Union Station to the Sierra Madre station on the way home.