Abandoning New Light Rail Line For Old Car

Delays, inconvenience and inefficient service force LA Times reporter to abandon use of Pasadena Gold Line.
July 28, 2004, 10am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"For seven long years, I commuted from the Westside to downtown Los Angeles, serving time in that gulag of concrete, the Santa Monica Freeway. Then last summer I moved to Pasadena. The Gold Line had just debuted, and I believed riding light rail might be a nice alternative to driving to work. I would read the paper, sip coffee and gleefully thumb my nose at people stuck in traffic. The result of this nine-month experiment in mass transit: My round-trip commute from Pasadena by car of about 50 minutes ballooned to 100 minutes by train. I didn't sip coffee — which isn't allowed on the train — and for reasons I'll soon explain, I rarely read the paper. And, I'm back to driving solo to work."

Thanks to Stephen Finnegan

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Published on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 in The Los Angeles Times
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