‘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: Jung Gatoona
Location: Downtown L.A.
Your Transit Routine:
How often do you take transit and for what purpose?
I’m car-free 100%, so I take transit all the time, and because of that there isn’t a day when I’m not on a bus or train. I take transit to get to school, to visit my family, to go grocery shopping, to meet up with friends, to explore Los Angeles, and to simply just live life.
Where are you typically traveling from and going to?
I end up going all over Southern California via transit, but I always start my commute from Downtown Los Angeles. Living in Downtown has its benefits when it comes to getting around without a car, and I love the fact I live right next to a subway station.
What lines/routes do you take?
Red Line, Purple Line, Blue Line, Green Line, Gold Line, Rapid 720, Rapid 733, BBB 10, BBB 7, 420, Metrolink Orange County Line, and more.
How long does it typically take?
Depending on where I go, it can take me on average 10 minutes or 3 hours. Sure transit can be a bit more time consuming than driving around, but I love each second I’m waiting at a stop, or when I’m on a bus or train. I always catch up on the latest news, my emails or social networking thanks to not having to focus on driving.
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?
I take transit not because I have to, but because I love to. Sure it helps me save a ridiculous amount of money, but to me it’s more than that. To me, taking transit is a passion, a way of life I really enjoy.