Why You Ride: SF, Downtown L.A.

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: SF
Occupation: IT manager
Location: Downtown L.A.

Your Transit Routine:

How often do you take transit and for what purpose?

2 or 3 times a week.  For work and play.

Where are you typically traveling from and going to?

Downtown to Glendale.

What lines/routes do you take?

92, Red Line, Gold Line, Metrolink

How long does it typically take?

45-50 minutes.

Briefly, how would you describe your typical transit experience? Love it, deal with it, or hate it?

I love it!

On average, what do you spend each month on transportation?

$50 – $100

Why do you take transit?

Hate parking.  Love to bike, but use Metro for long gaps.

Other Transportation:

Do you use any other forms of alternative transportation?


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

No.  Sometimes I need to drive, but use my car less and less.

Your Perspective:

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

Real time info and TAP with cash purse.

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

More rail.

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

Better but lines like the 794 changed and made my commute longer.

How would you encourage Angelenos to use transit?

Charge market rates for parking.