‘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:
Location: Long Beach
Your Transportation Routine:
How often do you drive and for what purpose?
Where are you typically traveling from and going to?
To work in Costa Mesa from Long Beach.
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?
$300 – $500
Do you use any forms of alternative transportation?
None of these are feasible for regular use on my commute.
Why do you drive?
Inter-county travel is extremely poor in southern California. If I relied on public transit (LB Transit plus OCTA), it would probably take 2 hours each way to get to work. This assumes that transfers work perfectly. If I miss a transfer (not unlikely), it could easily add an hour each way.
Why can’t/don’t you take transit?
Buses are too infrequent.
Inter-agency transfers are too difficult.
Have you tried to use transit before? What was your experience?
Yes, for short trips. It’s great for getting to the Long Beach Airport, or to Downtown LA.
What could local transit agencies do to encourage you to take transit more often?
More frequent buses (departures every 15 minutes, rather than every hour).
More express travel for long distances.
Simpler inter-agency transfers.
More regional planning — why do you assume that all transit riders only stick to one county every day?
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?
I would ensure that nobody has to wait more than 30 minutes during normal business hours for the next bus or train.
A park-and-ride that allowed me to take an OCTA bus from Long Beach would be really fantastic.