‘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: Membership Consultant
Location: West L.A.
Your Transportation Routine:
How often do you drive and for what purpose?
Daily 20-30 miles on average mostly for commuting to work in Hollywood.
Where are you typically traveling from and going to?
West LA to Hollywood.
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?
I take the Red Line from Hollywood when I can to meetings and/or events at Universal, Hollywood and Vine and Downtown.
Why do you drive?
It is convenient, I also have to rely on my car over the transit schedule due to my job.
Why can’t/don’t you take transit?
Bus lines/schedules can be daunting to figure out and are over crowded as well. It also seems that my 45 (on average) drive to and from work would be lengthened by taking transit
Have you tried to use transit before? What was your experience?
Yes, I LOVE the subway (go Red Line!) and promote it as often as I can to people visiting Hollywood. Besides being accused by a woman of stealing her suit, I find it to be a great resource and great for people watching. I would add, it would be nice to see a little more security present.
What could local transit agencies do to encourage you to take transit more often?
Subway to the sea!!!
While I do require my car a lot for work, I could imagine that at least one day a week I could take the train to work. West L.A. is so disconnected from L.A. it is crazy! How about a line that runs from West L.A. through Hollywood and then on to Downtown??
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 for sure. Like it or not their is a stigma to bus riding and a romance to riding the rails. I would imagine that with increased access to rail would come increased ridership.
Rather than a carpool lane up the 405 there should have been a light rail through there. Time and time again, freeway expansion has been proven to be only a short term fix to traffic. Within a few years, the traffice will return and we will be discussing how to add another lane. Stop using this space for lanes that won’t help and start using it for rail!!!