On my last trip to Thailand I took public transportation to get to one desired destination to another and it was liberating. I wasn’t tied down to the responsibility of a car, worried about parking or frustrated with traffic. I was able to get exercise by walking, rest in the metro, and the only thing I worried about was getting off at the correct stop. Exploring a city with the locals is the best way to be truly immersed in the culture of a new place.
In Southern California, the main mode of transportation is a car. And for many of us who live or work in Los Angeles, we know what it feels like to be stuck in traffic. How many hours do we actually spend in a car traveling from one place to another? The United States General Assembly reported Americans spent an average of 38 hours of the year in the car. What’s worse is that Angelenos were reported to spend an average of 90 hours in the car stuck in traffic. That’s more than 3 and a half days in your car!
This number infuriates me. Actually, just thinking about traffic infuriates me. So to relieve the unwanted and unnecessary stress I take a train from time to time.
If you have an hour or two to spare, taking a train is pretty relaxing and fun for these reasons:
- You don’t have to deal with traffic!
- There are quiet cars with desks –> You can use the time in the car to be productive which means NO TIME IS WASTED
- You can read that book you’ve been meaning to read on the train
- The staff is helpful and friendly
- You save gas, time and you are stress free!
- You can catch up on sleep
- You can enjoy the view instead of watching out for crazy people on the roadNext time you decide to go somewhere consider taking the train next time. It will be an experience in itself.
On weekends you can buy the weekend ticket that allows you to go anywhere and back for only $10. This includes unlimited rides to and from multiple destinations on Saturday and Sunday. For more information click here.
If you’re a student you can receive discounts on ticket prices for any day of the week.
For train routes you can look here.
Tell me where you went the last time you rode in a train!