‘Why I Ride‘ is a series where Metro employees share their transit routines – read more about the concept here.
Name: Jody Litvak
Position: Community Relations Manager
How often do you take transit?
It depends. My job requires me to be out in the community and sometimes I just have to drive if I’ve got a lot of back to back meetings. But I’m especially grumpy if I have to drive more than 2 days a week.
You mean until the subway is built? That’s an interesting question since they just discontinued what had been my regular Commuter Express bus. I’m experimenting with a different Commuter Express route which takes a bit longer. But, I live near UCLA so I actually have a lot of options coming from downtown. I can also take the Metro Purple Line and transfer to Metro’s 720/920 on Wilshire to Westwood Village. I can find a way to get home from there.
Are you car-free? If so, why? If not, why not?
Let’s just say not yet. It’s something to aspire to.
Do you use any other alternative transportation (bicycle, rideshare, etc)?
I should walk more but that’s really about fitness.
Do you think being a regular Metro rider is important to your job?
Of course. It informs what I do every single day.
Why do you love transit?
I’m about to have two kids in college so saving money is my top reason at the moment. But I think my time on transit is usually more productive than when I’m driving.
Is there anything else you’d like to add (anecdote, advice, etc)?
Here is a story about my husband who is not a transit guy. One day, out of the blue, after our oldest left for college, he commented that perhaps we really only needed one car since I take transit so often and we’re not far from the Zip Car locations at UCLA. First, I looked closely to make sure he hadn’t been abducted by aliens. Then I realized that there may be hope for him yet.
Categories: Employees, Inside Metro, Metro Lifestyle