Why You Don't Ride: John, Monrovia

Why You Ride (or Don't)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: John
Occupation: Teacher
Location: Monrovia

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

Every day for work during the daytime, at night I drive to various destinations for social activities.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Monday through Friday to and from work, evenings to various social destinations downtown, weekends round trip to La Verne.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

One, just for me.

How long does your commute typically take?

30 minutes against traffic.

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?

$50 – $100

Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?

I use a road bike for long distance recreational riding.  I carpool when possible for social destinations over 10 miles away.  I sometimes ride the Gold Line when I have a destination near Union Station, but the connection to the Red Line is supremely inconvenient with the walk and wait time making a transfer to get one stop closer to downtown ridiculous.  If I’m not dressed to nicely, It’s almost faster to walk to Fourth and Main.

Why do you drive?

Even when my drive is with traffic it is faster than Metro.  It took me three hours to get from USC to Redondo Beach waterfront using rail and buses on a Saturday!  Why would I sacrifice speed and flexibility just to use Metro?  It should be one or the other.  Driving should be more flexible, and rail should be faster.  Since buses compete on the same grid as cars, they’re doomed to fail on both counts.

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Why You Ride: Derek, Eagle Rock and Fullerton

Why You Ride (or Don't)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: Derek
Occupation: Student/Intern
Location: Eagle Rock, Los Angeles/Fullerton, Orange County

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

3 days a week to downtown Los Angeles for my internship.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

To Union Station from either Eagle Rock, Los Angeles or Fullerton, CA.

What lines/routes do you take?

Gold Line (park and ride), Metrolink

How long does it typically take?

15 min on the Gold Line, 45 on Metrolink

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?

$100 – $300

Why do you take transit?

Save time from traffic, save gas money, help the environment.

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Why You Don't Ride: Gregory E. Kay, Los Angeles

Why You Ride (or Don't)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: Gregory E. Kay
Occupation: Designer
Location: Los Angeles

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

Every day, for work and pleasure.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

From my house to work, to the grocery store, to the subway station (to get to school).

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

1

How long does your commute typically take?

10 minutes

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?

$100 – $300

Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?

I ride my bike when it is safe.

Why do you drive?

I drive because I often transport bulky materials.  When I am not transporting bulky materials, I usually need to be somewhere in a reasonable amount of time.  A two hour bus ride each way is not reasonable.

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Why You Ride: K, Windsor Hills

Why You Ride (or Don't)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: K
Occupation: Quality Assurance Tester
Location: Windsor Hills

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

Every day, to get to and from work, or to get wherever I need to go on the weekends.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

From Windsor Hills to El Segundo, or from Windsor Hills to Santa Monica.

What lines/routes do you take?

Metro 108, Culver City 6, Metro 232, Torrance 8

How long does it typically take?

On a good day, it takes about an hour for me to travel the eight miles from my home to my office, and vice versa.

Briefly, how would you describe your typical transit experience? Love it, deal with it, or hate it?

I deal with it.

On average, what do you spend each month on transportation?

Less than $50

Why do you take transit?

No other options. Even if I did not have a phobia about driving, I cannot afford a car.

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Why You Don't Ride: Carol, Westwood

Why You Ride (or Don't)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:

Name: Carol
Occupation: Retired
Location: Westwood

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

I drive locally – to the grocery store, hardware store, Westside Pavillion, Century City, fabric shop, into the Village for lunch, to Beverly Hills for shopping and doctor appts. I also go to the Pacific Paliasides, Santa Monica and Malibu to visit friends.

I take friends to Hollywood for shows and museums and up to the Hollywood Sign. I go when and where I want.

All places where there is no adequate Metro transportation without transferring many times.  And Metro is not planning any easy solution in the future.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

My home that is located within 300 feet of a bus stop that will take me to Santa Clarita or downtown Los Angeles but nothing in between.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

I have one vehicle.

How long does your commute typically take?

Less than 10 minutes by car.  It could take up to an hour or longer by Metro.

Briefly, how would you describe your typical driving experience? Love it, deal with it, or hate it?

I love it!

On average, what do you spend each month on transportation?

$50 – $100

Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?

To old to learn how to ride a bicycle. No one has the same schedule or destination that I have.

Why do you drive?

Convenient, fast and comfortable – also safe if driving late at night.

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Why You Ride: John Moss, Santa Monica

Why You Ride (or Don't)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: John Moss
Occupation: Unemployed
Location: Santa Monica

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

Daily. For job hunting, medical appointments, social outings, shopping – pretty much everything.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Between Hollywood and Santa Monica. Occasionally other parts of the county.

What lines/routes do you take?

Metro: 704, 4, 720, 920, 217, 780, Red Line, 305, 2

Santa Monica Big Blue Bus: 1, 5, 10

How long does it typically take?

30-45 minutes depending on traffic.

Briefly, how would you describe your typical transit experience? Love it, deal with it, or hate it?

I deal with it.

On average, what do you spend each month on transportation?

$50 – $100

Why do you take transit?

Don’t have a car, and even if I did, driving in LA is too stressful. It’s far cheaper to take transit, and despite its flaws, it gets me where I need to go.

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Why You Don't Ride: Joel, Hyde Park

Why You Ride (or Don't)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: Joel
Occupation: Librarian
Location: Hyde Park (near LAX)

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

On the weekends and evenings, for visiting, groceries or other errands.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Store, Home Depot, market, friends and events.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

1

How long does your commute typically take?

20 minutes, by bicycle.

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?

$100 – $300

Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?

I ride a bicycle to work.

Why do you drive?

Usually transporting people, groceries, tools, or purchases.  I often drive to Topanga, which is not served by public transit

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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.

Rants:

gbrey @metrolosangeles have to stop taking Westbound Olympic buses (28/728) always late, can never trust the schedule!

jmossinca @metrolosangeles It really stinks that, come December, Line 920 is being eliminated. So much for RAPID transit. #metrofail

tykejohnson @metrolosangeles Construction during rush hour on an east/west arterial road. Keep on failing la. #728 #olympicfail

CarlessValGirl Bus 165… can’t you ever arrive on-time? Six minutes makes a difference. I’ll likely miss my connection again… #metrolosangeles

FredCamino oh boy, @MetroLosAngeles 2 late night fail… calling taxi

thebusbench And who does #Metrolosangeles think they are 2% use their product & they call critiques of the service rants, so disrespectful.

@thebusbench, no disrespect intended. Sometimes Metro service gets on all our nerves and we vent on Twitter. As you can see, I’m even guilty of a rant this week.

But hey, if anyone else is upset by the use of the word rant, let us know the comments – if there’s significant response we’ll change it to something less offensive.

Compliments:

nbrunskill Thanks @metrolosangeles for getting me to Union Station so easily. So fun passing jammed traffic riding the green line and the silver line.

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Why You Ride: John Y., San Gabriel Valley

Why You Ride (or Don't)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: John Y.
Occupation: Law Clerk
Location: San Gabriel Valley

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

Monday through Friday to get to work and back.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

I board at El Monte Station and travel to the Civic Center in downtown Los Angeles.

What lines/routes do you take?

I take the Metro Silver Line.

How long does it typically take?

Excluding time spent waiting for the bus, it takes between 15 minutes (on good days) to 25 minutes to reach my destination.

Briefly, how would you describe your typical transit experience? Love it, deal with it, or hate it?

I deal with it.

On average, what do you spend each month on transportation?

$100 – $300

Why do you take transit?

It cuts down on gas use (helps the environment and our nation’s trade imbalance) and reduces the stress of sitting through rush hour traffic. Plus, if I do manage to grab a seat, I can read for the duration of my commute.

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Why You Don't Ride: Derek, Palos Verdes

Why You Ride (or Don't)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: Derek
Occupation: Student
Location: Palos Verdes

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

I’m in my car several times a day, for any purpose that requires me to leave my home. There is nothing besides an elementary school within a mile (walking distance) from my house.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Everywhere. I have work close to home as well as another job in Hollywood. Most of my friends live on the Westside or in the San Gabriel valley – neither of which are adequately served by transit.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

I have one, each of my parents also have one – so three for our household.

How long does your commute typically take?

It takes me 5 minutes to get to my one job and over an hour to reach my other one.

Briefly, how would you describe your typical driving experience? Love it, deal with it, or hate it?

I hate it. There has to be a better way.

On average, what do you spend each month on transportation?

More than $500

Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?

I take transit whenever available. I wish I lived in the Central City region and could just get rid of my car altogether.

Why do you drive?

There is no comparable alternative where I live. My parents chose twenty years ago to live a completely auto-dependent lifestyle.

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