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.
In honor of I Love Transit Week (inspired by Vancouver’s Buzzer Blog) we asked you to tell us why you love transit, and to append your tweets with #ilovetransit.
We got an overwhelming response – it seems like the stereotype of car crazy Angeleno might be changing.
Many people said that transit makes their lives less stressful and more productive:
annavalls @metrolosangeles #Ilovetransit because I can get to my destination stress free and get some work or reading in!
baconqurlyq Any day I’m not dodging bad drivers is a great day. #ilovetransit
QAScorpio @metrolosangeles #ilovetransit bcause no more finding a place 2 park or paying 2 park woo hoo
skrooz #ilovetransit coz I can sleep while I ride the Metro instead dozing off driving in traffic, not that I would do that, coz that would be bad.
LAwithoutacar #ilovetransit is great because i can read during my commute (when i’m not people watching!)
mscmwilliams #ilovetransit because I don’t have to drive the Traffic they call the 105.. Go Metro..
GarMar88 #ilovetransit because I can study, review for exams, do homework, and read for my college classes on my commute. #metrola #foothilltransit
Others love transit because it’s a great way to experience the city:
BridgeThink @MetroLosAngeles Can’t experience LA by staying in ur car. That’s why #ilovetransit Bring us more buses and more trains. We’ll ride em!
sabillonLA #ilovetransit because is the only way to experience the real LA.
_agilebeast #ilovetransit because it let’s me explore Los Angeles
Some ride to save money:
frankyhernandez #ilovetransit because its a great way to save money on personal needs than on your vehicle. just need drivers who can SEE RIDERS!
Others for their health:
BridgeThink #ilovetransit bcs it’s healthier for your body and mind = space for your legs and thoughts!
skunge @metrolosangeles #ilovetransit because it saves my car from wear and tear and I get some exercise (walking) mixed in along my route.
Here’s one of my favorites, some ride just to confound the status quo:
superjanna #ilovetransit because going car-less in LA is sometimes inspiring, often befuddling to others
There’s plenty more after the jump.
Some other various reasons:
MNCaraan @metrolosangeles #ilovetransit because it takes me where i go
sunny_Menagerie@metrolosangeles #ilovetransit bc of all the crazy people i see on a daily basis from the valley to santa monica
haygurl @metrolosangeles #ilovetransit because it’s (usu.) air conditioned even on those hot summer days…
soulbarn @metrolosangeles #ilovetransit asks why? OK: I celebrate/appreciate/adore LA Metro, often in spite of LA Metro: http://bit.ly/ilovetransit
JeffC1956 I take the @metrolosangeles halfway to work and then drive the rest; boss says I therefore have a “hybrid” #ilovetransit
L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe loves transit after learning how to drive a bus:
DonKnabe In case you missed it, check out video of me learning to drive a @metrolosangeles bus! http://bit.ly/anWoF3 #ilovetransit
And of course, riding transit gives you time to think about the future of your career:
McInuit I can catch up on podcasts and hatch my plans for world domination #ilovetransit
Some used the #ilovetransit tag to air out a few grievances with transit, which is perfectly okay. Transit, especially in L.A., can sometimes be hard to love:
eugeniedfranval @metrolosangeles what if you don’t? with rising bus fees for riders and cutting service to poor areas? what about that? #ilovetransit
BridgeThink @MetroLosAngeles We love transit but we need MORE. 1.5 hrs to go 5 miles = YIKES! Old news? Oh well… MORE please! We luv it #ilovetransit
haioson After today, I think that a crying baby on a bus can be just as bad as a crying baby on a plane #ilovetransit
And finally, here’s string of tweets heavy on the sarcasm, which I have to admit are kind of funny:
gxl2 #ilovetransit because nothing makes my mornings better than listening to the insane ramblings of homeless people.
gxl2 #ilovetransit because there is no greater feeling than seeing a bus driver ignore your stop and making you late.
gxl2 #ilovetransit because I’d rather be stuck in traffic inside a loud, hot and crowded bus instead of my spacious vehicle with working AC.
Don’t forget, we’re celebrating all week, so if you think of a reason you love transit – add #ilovetransit to your tweets. If we get a lot more we may just a supplemental Twitter roundup.