Passengers say the news Expo Line commute from Santa Monica to Downtown is no faster than driving, and a lack of station parking makes switching from road to rail impractical for a daily commute.
But others say there’s more to riding Metro than just commuting time, including a more relaxing ride and social interaction not possible from behind a steering wheel.
With voters set to decide on a $120 billion ballot measure in November to continue Metro’s expansion, is light rail worth the cost if it can’t make daily commuting faster, but maybe just a bit more convenient? Are there enough benefits to “going Metro” to outweigh a comparable commute time? And what can Metro do to shorten commute times, or make daily commuting by public transit more appealing?
Megan McCarty, KPCC commuting and mobility reporter