Why You Ride: J.E., East San Gabriel Valley

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Who You Are:

Name: J.E.
Occupation: College student
Location: East San Gabriel Valley

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

Commuting to school, visiting places west of the San Gabriel Valley for recreation.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

My commute is Azusa to UCLA.  Sometimes I visit places like Downtown L.A., Chinatown, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, etc. just to walk around somewhere interesting.

What lines/routes do you take?

Foothill Transit 492. Metro 190, 720, 920, 761, Silver Line, Purple Line, Red Line and more.

How long does it typically take?

Commuting to and from UCLA takes 2.5 to 3 hours one way, but in evening rush hour this is sometimes comparable to taking a car.  Just getting from East San Gabriel Valley to the eastern terminus of the Silver Line at El Monte Station takes about 45 minutes – add on time to that if I intend to go anywhere in the city of L.A.

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?

My home in a mobile home park has only one parking space which is occupied by my mother’s car, so I need my own way of getting around if I need to go far, or somewhere that I can’t share a ride with her.

L.A. traffic is terrible enough that when going to the Westside (by the way: to many San Gabriel Valley people, that means anywhere west of Downtown L.A.), transit and car are often comparable in terms of time.

UCLA vanpools do not fit my schedule since their last return trip leaves campus too early in the afternoon, and housing options in Westwood are extremely expensive compared to living out here.

I also value the environment and believe that more people should try to take transit and cut their consumption in general.

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Why You Don't Ride: Wade Gasque, Santa Monica

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Who You Are:

Name: Wade Gasque
Occupation: Writer
Location: Santa Monica

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

Drive to and from work in Santa Monica every day. Drive east to Downtown, Hollywood, etc. maybe once or twice a week for work related meetings and for play.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

See above.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

2

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?

$50 – $100

Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?

I bike in Santa Monica. I take the Big Blue Bus occasionally.

Why do you drive?

Convenient. Buses going east take too long and aren’t always reliable.

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Why You Ride: SMH, San Fernando Valley

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Who You Are:

Name: SMH
Occupation: Mac Tech
Location: San Fernando Valley

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

Everyday. My job is only 3 stops away on the Rapid line by my house.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Getty Center.

What lines/routes do you take?

Rapid 761.

How long does it typically take?

15-20 minutes, same amount of time as driving.

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?

It’s cheaper and less stressful also downright more convenient.

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Why You Don't Ride: Bob, West Hollywood

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Who You Are:

Name: Bob
Occupation: Writer
Location: West Hollywood

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

Almost every day for business, errands, or pleasure.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

West Hollywood to Downtown or the Westside.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

One.

How long does your commute typically take?

Depends on the time of day. From 30-60 minutes. Sometimes longer if there is an accident or road construction.

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?

Less than $50

Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?

No.

Why do you drive?

Sometimes I need to arrive by a specific time and the bus is unreliable in this regard.

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Why You Ride: JIM, South Pasadena

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Who You Are:

Name: JIM
Occupation: Research Analyst
Location: South Pasadena

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

I take transit everyday to and from work. I also ride on the weekends to Dodger games, Downtown destinations and other stops off the Gold Line. I often ride Metro buses to run errands during lunch.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

My most common route is from Mission Station in South Pasadena to Union Station via the Gold Line.

What lines/routes do you take?

Gold Line, Bus routes in Downtown LA, DASH B, D and F, and Dodger Stadium Express.

How long does it typically take?

My regular route takes approximately 15 minutes station to station. Including walking my commute is about 25 minutes.

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?

$300 – $500

Why do you take transit?

I take transit because I’m tired of driving, it allows me to do something other than drive during my commute and I enjoy the people watching.

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Why You Ride: Brian M., Echo Park

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Who You Are:

Name: Brian M.
Occupation: Graduate Student
Location: Echo Park

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

2-4 times per week to work.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Echo Park to UCLA.

What lines/routes do you take?

2 or 302.

How long does it typically take?

1.5 hours door to door.

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?

To save money and to reduce my environmental impact. I also take the bus when it is raining or too hot to ride my bicycle.

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Why You Don't Ride: Nathan, Venice

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Who You Are:

Name: Nathan
Occupation: Film Industry
Location: Venice

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

I split my time driving or biking/public transit depending on how late I think I might be working or visiting friends across town into the night.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Work and to see friends in Hollywood and Orange County.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?

I have one car which runs great, but I’m itching for reasons to get rid of (mostly for the financial benefit as I’d love to put my money elsewhere).

How long does your commute typically take?

By car 20 minutes. By bike or bus 1 hour.

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?

$300 – $500

Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?

Bike and bus. I joined car share and am experimenting living without owning a car.

Why do you drive?

I’ve learned I can deal with public transit going slower, there are other things I can do. I mostly drive because I don’t really like waiting for the bus after dark. Most stops are desolate and poorly lit, so mostly its about convenience and security at night.

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