Why You Ride: A.T., Pasadena

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: A.T.
Occupation: Planner (not Metro)
Location: Pasadena

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

Daily commute. Often at lunch time. Also, for entertainment.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Pasadena to downtown (commute). Downtown Dash to various places for lunch. Pasadena to Hollywood area. Occasionally take a Metro bus to Boyle Heights to visit in-laws.

What lines/routes do you take?

Gold Line, Red Line, Dash, various Metro buses, occasionally the Orange Line and Commuter Express 437.

How long does it typically take?

Depends on the route. Usually less than an hour for my morning commute.

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’m turning into Ed Begley Jr. in terms of avoiding owning or driving a car.

At first it was a cost saving measure, but when I combined bicycling and transit, much of L.A. became completely available without needing a car.

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Why You Don't Ride: Cathy Cole, Van Nuys

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Who You Are:

Name: Cathy Cole
Occupation: Census field rep
Location: Van Nuys

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

I need to drive to call on the people that I survey for my job 10 days each month. I also drive to do grocery shopping, etc.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

From West Van Nuys all over the San Fernando Valley.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

1

How long does your commute typically take?

10 to 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?

$50 – $100

Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?

I ride the bus and subways sometimes.

Why do you drive?

I need a car for my job. The buses don’t run often enough to get where I need to be.

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Why You Ride: Jesse Tovar, San Gabriel Valley

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Who You Are:

Name: Jesse Tovar
Occupation: Student and traveler
Location: San Gabriel Valley

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

Four days a week during a semester at the Los Angeles Community College District schools. I have to get to school from South Arcadia, so Metro is the way to go.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

My house in Mayflower Village (Monrovia, Arcadia, Irwindale, Duarte, and Temple City wrapped into one) to Los Angeles City College.

What lines/routes do you take?

Monday/Wednesday: 78 to Red Line or 704 at Union Station. It’s a short walk from Santa Monica/Vermont to the school’s main entrance.
Tuesday/Thursday: 270 or Foothill Transit 494 (if I have extra money and/or if it comes first) to El Monte Station where I catch the Silver Line or Foothill Transit 481 (if I caught the 494) or Silver Streak (if it’s ready to leave before Metro Silver Line) to Red Line at 1st/Hill to Santa Monica/Vemont.

During the semester, I mix it up by riding numerous Metro Local, Rapid, and Express Lines like the 30′s, 40′s, 439, 450 to name a few. Seriously, I think I’ve ridden every single Metro Bus and Rail Line!

How long does it typically take?

Monday/Wednesday: Close to an hour and a half if I got on Red Line. Over an hour and a half taking the 704.
Tuesday/Thursday: If I get the 5:51am 270 down to El Monte Station, I’ll be there by 7am the latest. Same result if I take the 10 instead at 1st/Hill to Melrose/Vermont, and it’s also a short walk from L.A.C.C.

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?

Save money since I like to eat at expensive places when I’m in L.A. and shop at low-budget places, saving me more money. Also to save the environment, that sounds heavenly! Long after I have my license, I’ll still ride Metro and Foothill any day because I don’t have to worry about parking as that slows down everyone’s day.

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Why You Don't Ride: J, Long Beach

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Who You Are:

Name: J
Occupation: Engineer
Location: Long Beach

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

Everyday, for work and pleasure.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Long Beach to Alhambra for work.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

1

How long does your commute typically take?

30 minutes in the morning, 1 hour in the evenings.

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?

Bicycle, use transit when feasible.

Why do you drive?

Transit takes at least 2 hours to get to work – not worth the extra time (service just isn’t convenient when I need to be at work at around 6:30am).

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Why You Ride:Mike, Torrance

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Who You Are:

Name: Mike
Occupation: Coordinator
Location: Torrance

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

I take transit 5 days/week to and from work.  And 1 day on the weekend for leisure/fun.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Work: Torrance to Carson
Weekend: Artesia Transit Center to anywhere in L.A. County

What lines/routes do you take?

Option 1: MAX 3 to Metro 344 to Metro 130
Option 2: MAX 3 to Torrance 6
Option 3: Torrance 5 to Torrance 6
Option 4: Torrance 6
Weekend: Silver Line to Subway/Rail/Bus/Orange Line

How long does it typically take?

Trips to and from work take about 1 hour each way.  Driving usually takes 30 minutes each way, but rather take transit instead.  Weekend trips can take up to 2.5 hours each way, but enjoy the ride and consider it a day trip.

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?

Reduce stress from having to deal with drivers on the road rushing to get to and from work.  I can relax on the bus and catch up on some reading or pay some bills.

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Why You Don't Ride: Nirad, Downtown L.A.

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Who You Are:

Name: Nirad
Occupation: Web Designer
Location: Downtown L.A. (Historic Core)

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

2-3 times per week. I work from home, but I use the car to run errands, get groceries, go out to eat, etc.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

I have no typical route. But usually I am going from Downtown L.A. to somewhere west or north of here.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

1 car for 2 people.

How long does your commute typically take?

No commute. I work from home and my wife walks to work.

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?

No. It is too dangerous to bike in this city.

Why do you drive?

Convenient, comfortable and fast. It goes where I need to, I can transport groceries and other things. It’s safe at night.

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Why You Ride: Vicente A., San Fernando Valley

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Who You Are:

Name: Vicente A.
Occupation: Student
Location: San Fernando Valley

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

I take transit several times a week-for school, work, or entertainment.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

I travel from my apartment to work and back or to school and back home or to go somewhere fun (Hollywood, the beach, Universal Studios, Downtown LA, etc).

What lines/routes do you take?

I commonly use the 168 or the 167 to get to work and the 158 to the 234 to get to school. I use the Red Line several times a month to get to Hollywood or Downtown.

How long does it typically take?

To work it’s as little as 15 minutes and to school about half an hour.

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 transit for a combination of saving money, saving the environment, maintaining a more active lifestyle (incorporating walking into my commute) and not dealing with parking or traffic.

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Why You Don't Ride: Alison K, Santa Monica

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Who You Are:

Name: Alison K
Occupation: Planner
Location: Santa Monica

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

I drive rarely – just to go to the grocery store, drive carpool to the high school or go to meetings out of Santa Monica.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

I bike all over Santa Monica, day and night, weekend and weekday, for fun and for work.  When I need to go further, I usually drive to USC, Downtown L.A., LAX or Malibu.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

Two cars for four drivers.

How long does your commute typically take?

I work from a home office.

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?

Bicycle to meetings, library, movies, church. Carpool to school, meetings in Downtown L.A. or further. Walk to doctor, stores, park, friends.

Why do you drive?

To take two to four people more than five miles, going out at night, to buy groceries or other bulky items.  We drive very short distances and only a few times a week.

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Why You Ride: Reed R. Blanton, Melrose District

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Who You Are:

Name: Reed R. Blanton
Occupation: Server
Location: Melrose District

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

Up to six days a week for work, gym, food, shopping, and pleasure.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Typically from home to work.

What lines/routes do you take?

217, 780, Red Line to North Hollywood, 224, and 165.

How long does it typically take?

On a good day only forty five minutes. On an average day, anywhere from one hour to an hour and a half.

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?

For all the reasons everyone should ride public transit. It really does save money. Imagine, seventy five dollars a month gets you on any Metro transit, even some non-Metro transit. Add up the cost of gas, vehicle insurance, financing costs, plus vehicle repairs, add the stress of driving in the L.A. Metro area, why wouldn’t anyone want to ride public transit?

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Why You Don't Ride: Tim, West L.A.

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Who You Are:

Name: Tim
Occupation: Membership Consultant
Location: West L.A.

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

Daily 20-30 miles on average mostly for commuting to work in Hollywood.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

West LA to Hollywood.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

1

How long does your commute typically take?

45-60 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 take the Red Line from Hollywood when I can to meetings and/or events at Universal, Hollywood and Vine and Downtown.

Why do you drive?

It is convenient, I also have to rely on my car over the transit schedule due to my job.

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