‘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.
Who You Are:
Occupation: Government employee
Location: L.A. County (Unincorporated)
Your Transit Routine:
How often do you take transit and for what purpose?
I ride the Metro bus line Monday through Friday, weekly, to and from work. Unless the bus is too late, then I drive.
Where are you typically traveling from and going to?
Imperial Hwy/Western Ave to Broadway Ave/Pico Blvd and back.
What lines/routes do you take?
Mornings: From Imperial/Western, the 757 or 207, to Western/MLK, then 740 or 40/42A, to Broadway/Pico. The bus line varies depending on the bus driver. Some drivers seem to be later than late, and I catch the buses earlier than I need too. I can’t be late to work. As a result, I drive more than I would like.
Afternoons: From Broadway/Pico, the 745, to the Green Line station. From there I walk 2 miles home because the Imperial bus, #120, takes too long and I can mostly beat it walking to Imperial/Western.
How long does it typically take?
Morning, if drivers arrives at Imperial/Western which is the first stop going North, 40+ minutes, including wait time. Afternoon, since I only catch one bus, 25+ minutes. I walk the rest.
Briefly, how would you describe your typical transit 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?
$100 – $300
Why do you take transit?
To save money on gas, downtown parking fees, repairs, car insurance and to cut gas emissions on the earth. But, I drive more than I would like to so my savings are not as much as they should be. My stress, I feel, has increased because I believe there is no reason to be up to 2-8 minutes late to the first stop after the bus leaves the Crenshaw Station to Imperial/Western. Driver #9445 is always 2 to 8 minutes late to Imperial/Western (the first stop) going North to the Hollywood Station. It’s sad. America’s Best is a joke. I now take the bus before his to get to work extra early.