Why You Don’t Ride: Tova, San Gabriel Valley

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.

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Who You Are:

Name: Tova
Occupation: PCO
Location: San Gabriel Valley

Your Transportation Routine:

How often do you drive and for what purpose?

Everyday. To get to work, church, and any place for errands.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

My house in Mayflower Village to my church in Little Miami, Azusa.

How many vehicles do you or your family have?


How long does your commute typically take?

To my job: 8 mins

To my church: 12 minutes via the 210 Freeway; 30 minutes when there’s traffic on the 210, resulting me to take side streets that get me there within 17 minutes.

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?

I used to when I went to high school such as a skateboard or bicycle.

Why do you drive?

Convenient – because I get to leave in my time and not on someone else’s schedule.

Your Perspective:

Have you tried to use transit before? What was your experience?

I used to use Foothill Transit when I was in school. It was okay. If I missed the 270 on Myrtle, I’d walk an entire mile to my house.

What could local transit agencies do to encourage you to take transit more often?

Free rides, “specials”. I don’t know what else.

How do you feel about buses?

I probably wouldn’t ride a bus.

How do you feel about rail?

I probably wouldn’t ride rail.

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

No answer provided.