Welcome to the first post of my ridesharing blog! This space is designed to keep track of all the interesting people I encounter while transporting random strangers around the streets of Los Angeles.
When I arrived at the ping to pick up Travis, it was in the middle of a seemingly deserted street in downtown LA sometime in the afternoon. The street was devoid of businesses or storefronts, so I was questioning whether I was in the right spot. But within a minute of my arrival, my passenger side door opened and in stepped Travis, a fit 20-something male construction worker. I hadn’t noticed the stream of construction workers pouring out of a nearby construction site on the corner. I guess there were businesses here after all.
His destination was Union Station, and from there he was taking a train to his house in Riverside. I asked him if it’s expensive taking Lyft and the train to and from work everyday. He confided, “Not really. They only charge me for the train like twice a week…”
“Umm… how do you manage that?”
“Well, the LA Metro app is so efficient, if I see the person coming around to check passenger tickets, I can buy one before they get to me. It remembers your favorite destination address, so I can quickly swipe and purchase a ticket just like that.”
And we wonder why nobody uses mass transit in Los Angeles… or maybe they do, but we don’t know about it. Thanks for the lifehack Travis!