@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:

Kythera Stood at Slauson/Alviso waiting on the westbound 108 from 9:10 to 9:26. Not looking like a good morning… #metrolosangeles

Quyntin @metrolosangeles do your job, be on time. thnX a bundles

cindymariej 96 bus @metrolosangeles just cut off 3 lanes of traffic at Rowena/Fletcher to make a left turn #311

CarlessValGirl #metrolosangeles, I need to be honest w/ you. The reason I’ve not complained about service lately is because I’ve been riding my bicycle.

ActOut Why does it have to be announced on the @metrolosangeles bus “Stop requested” and to use rear exit, but not what the next stop is? Grr! #fb

CoasterMatt Once again, at the mercy of @metrolosangeles and it’s wonderful system. I wonder if the drivers paychecks arrive as sporadically as the bus?

Grahas @metrolosangeles UGH! That does not go far enough west. it should go to VA and beyond. The city of Los Angeles will never get anything right

dhunter682 @metrolosangeles Please work to reduce the stop-and-go operation of the Red line – it’s very unpleasant.

GayTownKTown @metrolosangeles recommends purple line sans Crenshaw – sad day :-(

kapope @metrolosangeles, the 108 into the Marina (which is scheduled every 3 hours on weekdays) is late again.

Kythera @metrolosangeles All three of these guys are still in the net. It’s been an awfully long time… http://twitpic.com/2xtdwe

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Why You Don’t Ride: C.B., Venice

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: C.B.
Occupation: Self employed
Location: Venice

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

We don’t unless we have to travel distances.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Exploring parts of LA

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

One.

How long does your commute typically take?

Work at home – but would love to explore the city without driving.

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?

Less than $50

Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?

We walk everywhere within a 5 mile area!!

Why do you drive?

Unfortunately , L.A. is so spread out with poor express bus service.  The Expo Line will be interesting.

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Why You Ride: Fernando R, Norwalk

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: Fernando R
Occupation: Accounting Technician
Location: Norwalk

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

I take it 7 days a week. I use it 5 days a week for work and I use it on weekends for pleasure.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

During the week I take Metro from Norwalk to Carson and on weekends I take it to Long Beach, Hollywood, West Hollywood, North Hollywood and now Santa Monica.

What lines/routes do you take?

During the week, I take the green line from Norwalk and transfer at the Avalon Station to take #53 to Carson.

Weekends, I take the Green Line to the Blue Line to the Red Line or #460 to the Red Line.  I also take #4 to Weho or Santa Monica from the Red Line depending where I’m going.

How long does it typically take?

To work about 45 mins.  On weekends an hour to two depending where I’m going.

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?

$50 – $100

Why do you take transit?

I take because it’s cheaper than gas and because I don’t have to worry about drinking and driving on weekends.

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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:

loveandhatela @metrolosangeles #MTA u let a bus leave the yard without any working air conditioning? that is just mean- i #hate saunas fyi metro 66 #9418

GraphikDeziner Major @metrolosangeles #Fail on the Redline comin down today. It was the 405 meets subway stop & go 50 times. 35mins 2 h/h + nausea & no a/c

SimonOh @metrolosangeles Transit TV onboard buses are very annoying.

ghostgirl13 Sometimes I really do hate @metrolosangeles. Trains are running late & now the rapid bus is 10 minutes late.

Dianasauries Sometimes I want to stop using @metrolosangeles when they can’t keep stations w/a basic level of sanitation. Gross. #notworthit #gettingsick.

kapope @metrolosangeles, I wish the 108 ran more regularly in the morning (from Marina).

afrikantraveler @metrolosangeles is killing me right bow. 1 bus in 30 min that was stuffed and unboardable. No chance of getting to class in time now.

gbrey @metrolosangeles unhappy 733 w/plenty standing rm passed us on Fairfax/Venice. Ever heard of telling folks to move 2 the back 2 make room?!

Props:

trekntravel @metrolosangeles thank you for the redline alert tonight as it did more to explain problem than your station monitors.

RobertMoranLA I am riding on the Foothill Transit Silver Streak and laughing at all the people who are stuck in their cars in the rain. #metrolosangeles.

falling_icarus @metrolosangeles its rainy days like this, when the frwys are a mess, that I am glad I take the train in to LA.

Kythera Today was an excellent transit day! :D #metrolosangeles

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Why You Don't Ride: M.M., Granada 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: M.M.
Occupation: Physicist
Location: Granada Hills

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

I drive five to six days per week to get to and from work.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

From Granada Hills to Pasadena and back.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

Two.

How long does your commute typically take?

35 minutes each way.

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?

Nope!

Why do you drive?

Convenient, fast.

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Why You Ride: Jose, Compton

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: Jose
Occupation: Student
Location: Compton

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

I take the Blue line to get to school and sometimes for entertainment purposes.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

From Compton to Long Beach.
Compton to Los Angeles.
Compton to West L.A or Hollywood.
Compton to the Valley.

What lines/routes do you take?

The Blue Line. Sometimes the Red Line and Lines 202 or 125.

How long does it typically take?

An hour to an hour and one quarter.

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?

Help the environment, save some money and reduce stress.

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Why You Don't Ride: Alan, El Sereno

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: Alan
Occupation: IT
Location: El Sereno

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

Every day. Weekdays for work, Sundays for church and everywhere else in between.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

El Sereno to Arcadia for work, and El Sereno to La Puente for church.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

3 in my family.

How long does your commute typically take?

20-30 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?

None.

Why do you drive?

Work purposes and the convenience factor.

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Why You Ride: Andrew D, San Fernando 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: Andrew D
Occupation: Sales
Location: San Fernando Valley

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

Most days. I commute by bike and bus.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Home and work.

What lines/routes do you take?

Line 169.

How long does it typically take?

30 minutes.

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?

$300 – $500

Why do you take transit?

We are now a one car family and I’m happy to use transit and my bike.

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@MetroLosAngles 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:

afrikantraveler @metrolosangeles is killing me right bow. 1 bus in 30 min that was stuffed and unboardable. No chance of getting to class in time now

sunny_Menagerie @metrolosangeles we should get refunds on our passes when the metro makes us late to work…bus has been mia for 15 mins #slitmywrist

QAScorpio WHAT IS WITH @METROLOSANGELES BUSES 2NITE? ALL BUSES OUTTA EL MONTE R LATE!

Kythera I REALLY miss the days when the 232 left LAX at 9:55 instead of 10:08. Sigh… #metrolosangeles

WhipMahHurr @metrolosangeles whichever bus driver you have on the 212 route that just passed Hollywood/Orange just passed me up standing there! Rude.

PirateErin Worst choo choo driver ever @metrolosangeles #redline #toomanyquickstops #randommidtunnelstops #nauseous

chasingwillow @metrolosangeles You should know that the Blue Line bus bridge is a screaming #fail Going from 7th&Metro to Washington takes an hour

SevenPhoto Do the bus drivers have control of the volume of this nonsense???? I’m getting a headache, I can hear it even my ipod @metrolosangeles

anyonebutgil @metrolosangeles police stopping traffic just north of wilshire and alvarado. #200 bus having to detour around westlake ave. argh. delays.

PirateErin Ridin on the @metrolosangeles DAMN!! I feel like a sardine on in a small can #rushhour #claustrophobia

Kythera This week’s installment of Adventures in Laundryland begins with our heroine waiting for…a late bus! Dun dun dunnn! #metrolosangeles

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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.

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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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