‘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:
Your Transportation Routine:
How often do you drive and for what purpose?
Monday through Friday to work.
2-3 times a week to meet up with my running club.
Occasionally at other times to friends’ homes or shopping.
Where are you typically traveling from and going to?
Commute to Glendale 5 days a week.
Once a week to the Rose Bowl.
Once a week to Griffith Park.
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
Why do you drive?
Why can’t/don’t you take transit?
It takes around 4 times as long to use transit on my daily commute (Pasadena to Glendale) as it does to drive. I’d have a 20-minute walk to get to a Rapid Bus, 30 minutes or so on the bus to Glendale and then another 10 minute walk from the bus stop to my office.
There’s a commuter express 549 bus that is way more convenient for me route-wise, but last time I checked the last morning bus leaves Pasadena before 8:00am (I don’t have to be at work that early) and it only runs every 30 minutes max.
Have you tried to use transit before? What was your experience?
Yes, I use it for weekend excursions mostly. I actually love taking Metro rail when it’s convenient.
What could local transit agencies do to encourage you to take transit more often?
More frequent buses.
How do you feel about buses?
I’d ride a bus if there was a route that served my needs.
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 or dedicated bus lanes: it’s faster and less reliant on traffic-free streets to be effective.