I do, I really do. I used to car pool to the Metro every morning and take the Metro to work. 30 minutes door to door. Now I’m working about 17 miles from my house and the last two days I’ve averaged about an hour and a half commute. ONE WAY. Everyone says you have to “find your own way” when fighting LA traffic, but every time I get off the expressways I end up losing my way and spending even more time in the car.
With the new job, I don’t have much free time right now, so I decided to dust off this old draft on the LA Metro that I wrote when I was still car-less and Metro commuting to work. I didn’t make any edits to reflect my new locked-in-my-car-for-3-hours-a-day state.
Los Angeles has a Metro. No, really, LA has a subway and light rail system. It’s definitely not a comprehensive system, but it takes me to and from work and saves me the costs and hassle of driving. I still need to buy or lease a car, this definitely being a driving city and all, but due to finances and the fact I haven’t regularly driven since 2004, I’m trying to avoid it for as long as possible. So, until I can avoid it no longer, the Metro is just fine by me.
The train doesn’t take you everywhere you might want to go. It doesn’t go very west at all – nothing to WeHo, Century City, Beverly Hills, or the beach. But, the gold line that’s walking distance from us takes you north to Pasadena or south to Chinatown, Downtown, and Little Tokyo. The purple line takes you to K-town and the red line to Hollywood. There are two others, but they go pretty south and I’m not sure yet if I’d have an occasion to take them.
Given the fact I’ve never even heard LA had a metro system and no one I know rides it, I thought it was going to be some dinky little Detroit People Mover type situation. Untrue. It’s a legit train and people really take it. Train comes every 10 minutes, which is a lot longer than the 3 minutes it took in DC during peak hours, but still much better than the 20 minutes during non-peak hours.
The only super odd thing is how you pay to ride…