Why You Ride: Michelle Klein-Hass, San Fernando Valley

We’ve already received a tremendous response to our ‘Why You Ride (or Don’t Ride)‘ surveys so we’re going to go ahead and start posting the results.

Why You Ride (or Don't)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.

Want to share your story? Take the survey here if you ride transit regularly, or take this one if you don’t ride.

Who You Are:

Name: Michelle Klein-Hass
Occupation: Student
Location: San Fernando Valley

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

For just about everything.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

LA Valley College. The 902 line is absolutely awesome for that, I can take one bus to LAVC.

What lines/routes do you take?

902 if I can do it, 233 or 761 to the Orange Line if I can’t.

How long does it typically take?

Less than 1/2 hour on the 902, a bit more time if I have to take the 233 or 761 to Orange Line.

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?

$50 – $100

Why do you take transit?

I cannot drive. It’s not safe for me. I have neurological deficits left over from Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome and occasionally have lapses of consciousness. They are extremely brief but enough to make me dangerous behind the wheel.

Your Perspective:

If you could make one change to improve your transit experience, what would it be?

Make the 902 an all day bus on weekdays, and have a few run on the weekends. Some people actually do have classes at Valley on the weekends.

Given limited funds, how would you address L.A.’s transportation issues?

Double deck the 405 with a light rail line.

Do you think L.A. transit is better or worse since you started riding? What’s changed?

It’s good that you are rebuilding the old Pacific Electric system. I never got a chance to use it because it was all gone by the time I was born. Metro worked best, however, when it was under the federal consent decree. More frequent buses, less crowded buses, better all around.