‘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.
Who You Are:
Occupation: Business owner
Your Transportation Routine:
How often do you drive and for what purpose?
Almost everyday, mostly for work.
Where are you typically traveling from and going to?
House to work and vice-versa.
How many vehicles do you or your family have?
How long does your commute typically take?
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?
$100 – $300
Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?
Why do you drive?
Convenient and fast.
Why can’t/don’t you take transit?
Lately when I am on the road, bus drivers (some, not all) are careless. They run the red lights and don’t follow the traffic. I’d rather be safe in my own car than with someone driving carelessly.
Have you tried to use transit before? What was your experience?
Yes. The experience was not good. I tried it just to see if I would like it. I asked the driver where to get off, but he forgot to let me know. He was kind of annoyed that I asked too.
What could local transit agencies do to encourage you to take transit more often?
I would put a sign saying “hows my driving” with a phone number, so I can complain about the driver. Customer service sucks.
How do you feel about buses?
I probably wouldn’t ride a bus.
How do you feel about rail?
I’d ride rail if it there was a route that served my needs.
Given limited funds, how would you address L.A.’s transportation issues?
More rail lines, clean ones.