Angelenos cite travel time, safety concerns in reluctance to use public transport despite rising gas prices

Public transport is definitely an option for anyone who is tired of spending their hard-earned cash on high gas prices.

“I find it convenient,” said one runner. “I don’t need to pay for gas. I don’t need to pay for parking.”

Jocelyn Vallecillos feels the same. She takes the subway every day from Los Angeles to Santa Monica and lately she says it’s busier.

“I noticed a lot more passengers getting on the bus and it’s more hectic because you’re trying to get in and out,” Vallecillos said.

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Meanwhile, at a Shell gas station in West Los Angeles, Crystal Emerson is paying $6.49 a gallon for premium gasoline. However, she will not consider taking the metro.

“No, because of where I live, it would take two and a half hours to get to work. So I have to bite the bullet no matter how much it’s going to cost,” Emerson said.

Public transit is not an easy sell for many Angelenos. We asked people if they would be willing to consider public transport. Almost all refused, saying they lived too far away and public transport would take too long.

For others, security is a big concern. Metro has released its latest crime stats which show 13 sex crime and harassment hotlines during the month of January.

However, for everyday riders like Shane Smith, serious problems are rare.

“There are a lot of homeless people on it. Most of the homeless people behave well, there are some who behave badly and the trains get dirty but I don’t mind that. I’m saving money”, did he declare.

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