Why I Ride: Joe Simpson, Webmaster

Why I Ride

Why I Ride‘ is a series where Metro employees share their transit routines – read more about the concept here.

Name: Joe Simpson
Position: Metro.net Webmaster

How often do you take transit?

Every weekday for the last 19 years I’ve worked for Metro.

What lines/routes?

I’ve used multiple modes to commute to work during my 19 years with Metro – local and limited bus, light rail and commuter rail service. In the beginning, I took Line 20 from mid-Wilshire, Line 439 from Culver City, Blue Line from Long Beach and for the past 15 years, Metrolink (Antelope Valley Line) everyday.

Are you car-free? If so, why? If not, why not?

My only current car time during the week is driving to the Newhall Metrolink station. I try to avoid using auto on weekends. My car is 14 years old and I’m trying my best not to purchase another vehicle if possible.

Do you use any other alternative transportation (bicycle, rideshare, etc)?

I frequently use the GREAT bike paths in the Santa Clarita Valley on weekends with my family.

Do you think being a regular Metro rider is important to your job?

Being with Metro (and originally for Michigan where traffic is far less problematic), I really see it as a quality of life issue. My life is much worse when I’m stuck in traffic – I’m unhappier, more stressed and stuck. On Metrolink, I’m connected to the office and make website updates or work projects in transit. I’m much more efficient. Los Angeles is such a great place – I hate seeing mountains covered in brown smog and there is limited space for more freeway lanes.

Why do you love transit?

Being able to draw or use my laptop. I’ve met so many GREAT folks on the train – from lawyers, world travelers, Laker parade-goers, even the Coroner for LA County or the gentleman responsible for plants along the freeway system. It has enriched my day-to-day.

Is there anything else you’d like to add (anecdote, advice, etc)?

One of my most vivid pictures of my commute is coming out of the AV tunnel (below the I-5/14 split), looking out the window on the left with the aqueduct as a backdrop but seeing tons of vehicles bumper to bumper in both directions. How can anyone do that EVERYDAY?