|A look at the first pick up and another at the last one of the event.|
|A panoramic look at the bus stop (the lights in the center of the pic) as the Sun was coming up... about 90 mins into the event.|
Top reasons for taking public transit included:
- Avoiding traffic
- Less stress
- Saving wear and tear on their cars
- Camaraderie among the regular riders
Most people that I asked about their top reasons for taking public transit mentioned how avoiding the stress of driving was top of their list.
One man, that makes the commute to UCI, mentioned how he uses the ride home to unwind from his day at work. He views driving to still be working, and he prefers to be done working once he's off the clock. He either watches movies, listens to books on tape, etc and when he gets home he's ready for family time.
|12 year commuter CeCe and Bridgette Moore before the 4:26am pick up.|
Another of the many hats that Mayor Pro-Tem Bridgette Moore wears is being a Board Member of RTA. In the picture above, she poses with daily rider CeCe who was been taking public transit to work in OC for the last 12 years.
As for me, I only commute one day a week these days, and it's over Ortega Highway where there is no public transit, but if I worked in LA or OC I can see the advantages of taking this route to work if you have a regular five day a week job and you're not a fan of the 91.
On my driving day I no longer can just leave at 6:00am and be there at 7:00am. What used to be an hour commute has morphed into at least 90 mins (on a good day) if I leave at 6:00am. So, to avoid the mess, I have to leave at 4:45am and then since I'm way to early to start work, I end up parked for an hour.
|The coffee and donut station as supplied by Wolfee Donuts.|
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“Fresh popcorn is near impossible to resist, second only to fresh doughnuts.” ― Shannon Wiersbitzky
Tip of the day from Wildomar Rap: When your hands are cold before the sun has risen, discard the paper cup sleeve on your coffee and let it heat up your hands...if you're wearing gloves that is.