I wrote a couple weeks ago about the cuts to Metro due to the state proposition funds going to freeways. And now the first of the changes are up on the Metro site. Good news: there may be a Rapid bus soon on Santa Monica Boulevard. Bad news…well, it’s going to depend on who’s affected. The complete list is here, along with a list of where the hearings are for the public to submit their input.
I’ve actually started taking the bus more since moving to SiFi. There is one nonstop bus that gets me to work, and it’s way more efficient than the bus changes I had to take to get to Beverly Hills from Venice Beach. So now, I walk two blocks up to Beverly Blvd., catch the 14, and hop off across the street from work. It only takes fifteen minutes longer than driving would, and I don’t get home all twitchy from having to fight traffic. Plus, instead of spending ninety minutes a day commuting to the office in my car, unable to do anything BUT drive, I can catch up on reading (like the magazines I subscribe to and forget to read) or my TIVO’d programs (I transfer them to my video-playing MP3 player). It’s really gaining time to read & watch TV, instead of losing an extra half hour a day getting to work. I highly recommend trying it where possible – provided that you don’t live on a route that’s being cut.