‘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:
Occupation: Higher Education
Location: MacArthur Park
Your Transit Routine:
How often do you take transit and for what purpose?
Every day anytime I need to go someplace. I do not own a car. I walk, bike, take the subway or the bus. Also my work pays for half my TAP pass. Huge savings.
Where are you typically traveling from and going to?
From my home in MacArthur park to work at UCLA on week days. For fun I typically hang out in Silver Lake, Echo Park, Hollywood
What lines/routes do you take?
To UCLA via subway/#2/302 bus on week days and then I tend to stick to the subway for groceries (Trader joe’s Hollywood/Vine). Downtown, Silver Lake, Echo Park, Los Feliz or Pasadena for fun, friends and family. I am most often on the Red/Purple and Gold lines. As for the buses, I can typically be found on the 2, 4, 720, 16, 200, 18, 92 or 217.
How long does it typically take?
It takes me and hour to get to work and about 1:15 minutes to get home from work. That’s why I typically stick to areas close to the subway or major bus lines on the weekends. They are more reliable and have higher frequency. I also ride my bike when it’s more efficient. I like the exercise and the more intimate experience with LA.
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?
Less than $50
Why do you take transit?
Because I am environmental – I don’t like the idea of owning a car just for my personal transit. It takes up a lot of space, money and materials, not to mention the environmental impact. It seems selfish to me. Plus I love not having to worry about parking. Parking is my biggest pet peeve. When my bus arrives, I get off and I am there. I also love that I’m more in touch with the city and the social aspect of being around people. When you’re stuck in your car you are in a bubble and divorced from the city.