Welcome to L A Commuter

June 14, 2013 in Car Pool Lanes, Diamond Lanes, driving less, Gridlock Solutions, Road Rage, Taking the Pledge, The 405 Freeway, Welcome, Your Ideas

We want to thank all of you that have supported L A Commuter for over the past year and welcome you and all new visitors to the new site.  Over the next weeks and months, L A Commuter will offer suggestions, tips, and  legislation that will improve your daily commute.  We welcome your ideas and your input.



P.T. Barnum Said…“Without promotion something terrible happens… Nothing!”

June 18, 2013 in driving less, Nothing without Promotion, Taking the Pledge

The percentage of smokers in the US has declined over the last 4 decades from 42% to 20%.  The decline is even greater in urban areas of the country.  Without a doubt, an improvement in everyone’s daily lives.  This decrease can be attributed to three things.  The announcement in the mid sixties of the medical risks,  Laws prohibiting media advertising and the use of this horrible habit in public places, but most of all, the promotion against it on TV and in movies.  Promotion has brought us to a point where even our President must hide his habit behind closed doors.  People are creatures of habit and that habit ends only when they told, over and over again, it’s bad. Read the rest of this entry →

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall…Who’s at fault?, it’s Y’all

June 18, 2013 in Gulf oil spill, Oil consumption, Whose fault is the Gulf oil spil

en-ti-tle-ment [noun]  The fact of having a right to something: It’s my entitlement to drive my car anytime, anywhere I want, with no regards for the affect it has on my city, state, nation or the planet.

Imagine for the moment, you make a batch of Christmas cookies.  Through the morning, your kids eat them all. Then they go over to a neighbbor’s house to play with their kids.  Their mom made a batch of cookies too, and your children eat them up and then they go to another neighbors house, eat their cookies and so on.  When you confront them and ask why they would eat all the cookies, they say “They were there and I wanted them.  What’s wrong with that?”.  I would bet, your not very proud of your children right then. Read the rest of this entry →

The Commuter Express is Great, But Where do I Park?

June 18, 2013 in Commuter Express Line, Mass Transit, Measure R

The Commuter bus system in Los Angeles is a very useful means of transportation.  They can get you from all parts of the city to downtown Los Angeles in a fraction of the time driving does and without the stress of keeping your eye on the road.  You can get from Venice to downtown in forty minuntes, Woodland Hills to downtown in about 80 minutes, or Sylmar to Downtown in about an hour.  With just your Ipod and a good book, the time flies by, or you can catch up with work projects, make business calls, or just close your eyes.  Now, doesn’t that sound like a great alternative?  On the surface, yes, but once again, the ball is dropped by our beloved city officials. Read the rest of this entry →

Carpool Lanes..If Your Going to Do It, Do It Right

June 18, 2013 in Car Pool Lanes, Carrot and Stick, Commuter Pain Index, Gridlock Solutions

I’m throwing my hands in the air.  Even Zorro couldn’t win this one!  When will government see (or do they really care) that carpool lanes are not the best bang for their buck?  It always seems that when government is confronted with a problem, they keep throwing money at bad ideas.  It’s like throwing salt into a bland stew, but this is not stew.  It’s a wound on our community and we all know what happens when you throw salt on a wound.  Since fighting this seems to no longer be an option, can we please make a few simple changes to the rules. Read the rest of this entry →

More or Less, Less is More…Random Examples

June 18, 2013 in Gridlock Solutions, Less is more

Three short stories that more or less proves a point.  That is, more or less, less is more. Read the rest of this entry →

At the Crossroads of Futility

June 18, 2013 in Mass Transit

I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
Asked the Lord above for mercy, save me if you please.

I just went to Metro’s trip planner and set it for “Agoura to Santa Monica, Monday, arriving at 8:30 Am.”  To go by car, in a normal Monday morning gridlock, takes 45 mins to an hour depending on the route I choose.  The distance is between 26 and 30 miles at a driver cost (as calculated by the Autoclub) of about $18.  So, lets see what Metro can do to get me there. Read the rest of this entry →

“No Solution for the 405 Gridlock”… The Experts have Spoken

June 17, 2013 in Car Pool Lanes, Diamond Lanes, Gridlock Solutions, Measure R, The 405 Freeway

Recently, I had an off the record conversation with a former Los Angeles elected official.  We talked about how revenue from an increase in the gas tax might be used to create solutions to the 405 gridlock.  I offered several solutions, he offered obstacles to everyone of my suggestions.  In the end, he admitted that “there is NO solution for the gridlock on the 405.” Read the rest of this entry →

Lemmings Lament

June 17, 2013 in Car Pool Lanes, Diamond Lanes, Mass Transit, Road Rage, The 405 Freeway

Lemmings became notoriously famous because of unsubstantiated myths that they commit mass suicide when they migrate, and although science has proven this to be a myth, there are times when the 405 freeway looks like thousands of Lemmings migrating to their death.  To make matters worse, last Saturday, construction on a wider bridge needed for the north bound diamond lane began.  For the next two years (at least that’s what they say), the Sunset Blvd. bridge over the 405 will be just two lanes each way.  There’ll be detours in every direction and don’t be surprised if one car goes over the edge of the bridge, the rest will follow. Read the rest of this entry →

The Carrot, the Stick, and Gridlock Solutions…Part 3

June 17, 2013 in Carrot and Stick, Gas tax, Gridlock Solutions

In Part two of  ”The Carrot, the Stick, and Gridlock Solutions, I said:

“Now at first, all this may sound good to you, but then the questions come to mind:

1. What about the poor?
2. What about the costs to businesses?
3. How do we control the spending so it can benefit the people?”

Let me answer these questions by taking them one at a time: Read the rest of this entry →

The Carrot, the Stick and Gridlock Solutions…Part 2

June 17, 2013 in Carrot and Stick, Gas tax, Gridlock Solutions

Although British Petroleum’s recent disaster in the Gulf of Mexico raises questions about the safety of America’s self sufficiency in oil, the bigger question is our insatiable thirst for the black gold.  We have become a society with no self-restraints in our driving habits and even worst, we demand rather than appreciate the right to drive where ever, when ever we want.  The result is what you experience every day on the freeways of Los Angeles. Read the rest of this entry →