Why You Ride (or Don’t) Thursday roundup

Here are our selections this week:

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Would you give up your seat for a pregnant woman?

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Elizabeth Carey Smith recently gave birth and during the last four months of her pregnancy, she carefully tracked how often other passengers on the New York City subway volunteered to surrender their seat so that she could sit down.

A graphic designer by trade, Smith made the above poster to graphically show how often her fellow passengers showed a measure of graciousness. The good news: in 88 out of 108 subway rides, someone did offer to give up their seat — and men did it in equal numbers to women.

Here’s a good post about Smith’s project at the Wall Street Journal’s Metropolis blog, including an interview with Smith. And here’s Smith’s website with a digital copy of the poster available for download.

As for Metro, I just searched metro.net for the word “pregnant” and didn’t find anything about policies governing pregnant riders — although of course there are notices on buses and trains asking riders to volunteer their seats to elderly and disabled patrons. So let’s poll this one:

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

#NextTrip

stevelandharris Big props to @metrolosangeles for letting loose bus realtime arrival on phones. Makes up for a lot and wipes out much of the rant section!

Juan_Matute Nextbus is @metrolosangeles‘s most significant advancement to attract choice riders since Metro Rapid.

NeelSodha NextTrip by Metro is the best thing ever! I want to stand at bus stops and give peeps their expected bus departure times #metrolosangeles

LovesToNomNom Using @metrolosangeles‘ NexTrip like it’s nobody’s bidness! Thank goodness for my iPhone :D

ct1963 @metrolosangeles Stop 12992 at 4:55 accurate to 30 seconds. Thx!!

krishaleanne this is like the answers to my prayers!! RT @LAist: When’s Your Bus Coming? @MetroLosAngeles Tests Mobile Info System http://bit.ly/icl9EK

kristencreag @metrolosangeles Nextrip has been amazing so far for my coworker and I. Very accurate.

Kythera Using #nextrip. It’s a little fast (108 eatbound arrived about 2 minutes after #nextrip indicated) but AWESOME! Kudos @metrolosangeles

UCLACommute @MetroLosAngeles, congratulations on your Nextrip Beta Launch. I used it last night; it works! http://bit.ly/gKSVl9

sunny_Menagerie @metrolosangeles thanks for updating the arrival times…so fun to sit here and wait a half hour…

RedEbbm @metrolosangeles should include metro rail in the nextrip predictions.

blinkie Hey @metrolosangeles the Nextrip mobile site looks useful, but why doesn’t it list light rail?

#fail

adamlarue @metrolosangeles Haven’t seen a fare inspector on the train at rush hour in months. Checking exit is useless. Hobos stay on.

grantquick @metrolosangeles this Blue line ride makes me never want to ride again. I might pass out from the smell. Does no one check fares anymore?

4foot13lori @metrolosangeles it better not take me two hours to get home..again. the 780 bus already is a no show for 7:05.

Snacob95 @metrolosangeles your website is funky. can’t get red line time tables.

SimonOh Sitting on @metrolosangeles Blue Line train holding at Anaheim Station due to debris in tracks, per the operator. It’s been 10 minutes now.

4foot13lori @metrolosangeles where’s my 704 bus? and why was the 4 ten minutes early?! and 2 mta workers take 4 seats. nice job.

MaryKnabben After being left by the bus, the next one is late!

Kythera Got to Slauson/Alviso @ 9:10am, next 108 didn’t get to Culver City Transit Ctr until 9:45. What’s wrong with this picture, @metrolosangeles?

seanivore Cool. Apparently looking at your phone while waiting for a bus is reason enough for the driver to not stop for me. @metrolosangeles

#win

ToffeeTurtles I love @metrolosangeles! It makes keeping our co. as sustainable as possible, possible! I take the bus to demo @WholeFoods3rdSt & @WFMWeho.

anamu Omg, love the 5:30 260 bus driver. Happily talks about the sunset, reminds us to buy the lotto, & wishes us fab evenings@metrolosangeles

plusMETRO Gas prices soaring, yet thanks to @metrolosangeles, I don’t have to worry. #GoMetro

MartinLewis The @metrolosangeles online trip planner is awesome! Well designed.

intellichick I’m a @metrolosangeles passholder: Every time gas prices go up, I shrug and say “Meh.”

NeelSodha On the bus #winning #tigerblood #metrolosangeles

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

#fail

supermonkeymag @metrolosangeles, what can b done about harbor fway station? it’s real noisy, urine stains, bird droppings, not enough lighting, unfriendly!

PBunches Remember that list of four things I usually smell on @metrolosangeles trains or buses… Add one more: smelly shoes/feet. *covering nose*

Curtypants LA’s subway system (@metrolosangeles) is a total joke. Pay for xfer’s?! & last train out cancelled after letting us buy tickets. Sweet. Thx!

Juan_Matute There are 9 @metrolosangeles 720s and 3 BBB 2s bunched between Bundy and Barrington. This indicates a bus only lane time savings of 30+ min

#win

joyfulxsigh friend’s commute schedule is delayed by the rain-traffic. my commute on @metrolosangeles is not only the same but I’m home earlier! woot!

ErinGoBORO I lucked out, my car is on top a downhill slope where I don’t have to move – all about @metrolosangeles this wknd!

kristencreag Taking @metrolosangeles to work on this cold morning, trying to treat LA as a city :)

cindymariej Wow. Waiting for a bus and ran into an old friend from WAY back who I’d lost touch with. Go @metrolosangeles #loveLA

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Why You Ride (or Don’t) Thursday roundup

Here are our selections this week:

Read the surveys, after the jump. 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 the Customer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.

#fail

unido1931 40min late to work! Thank u @metrolosangeles but no thank u! Much work still needs 2 b done 2 LA’s transportation 2 b taken serious!

reedmichaelsen @metrolosangeles Why on earth does every other SB 754 rapid on Vermont stop at Manchester, instead of the green line?! Makes no sense.

supermonkeymag 37th street station on the @metrolosangeles #silverline has to be the most un-used station in metro history, what a waste of metro funds!

CarlessValGirl This driver is driving all of 20 mph. I am so steamed. #metrolosangeles

thelittlefella @metrolosangeles There is a lot of redundancy in Metro’s bus lines. On-time is difficult with lines that span the region i.e. 460.

Waltarrrrr Thinks @MetroLosAngeles should offer crackers to go with all us sardines packed into 720 Bus.

#win

thelittlefella Just got off a train full of 3rd graders. Free transit for field trips is one of @metrolosangeles best programs.

ThunderTheft 3 cheers for @metrolosangeles for keeping me updated on the Blue Line delays this AM!! How did people navigate PT pre-Twitter? I shudder.

ThunderTheft @metrolosangeles have I ever told you how much I appreciate your updates? You guys are the best!!!!

supermonkeymag Caught @metrolink to burbank station, @metrolosangeles 164/1650 to @ikea, home delivery $44, metro bus 94 to #purpleline home #win

DaftElf @metrolosangeles #WhyIRide http://twitpic.com/41879c

tombleich @metrolosangeles I lost my wallet on the bus last wk. Just got it back via mail. A great person mailed it back anonymously. Bus riders rock!

stevelandharris @ExpoLine @metrolosangeles This will have to be the most beautiful scene in LA transit until trains are running on those tracks

kristencreag Taking @metrolosangeles today for a stress free friday…plus radiohead+intelligensia!

There are more tweets after the jump…. Continue reading


Why You Ride (or Don’t) Thursday roundup

Here are our selections this week:

Read the surveys, after the jump. Continue reading