We Commute to Work: Q&A with Metrolink Riders

We caught up with several current Metrolink riders to ask them about their experiences aboard Metrolink as their ride to work. From theme park employees to office personnel, our riders take the train for a myriad of reasons and are motivated by different factors. Check out the Q&A below!

What is your primary reason for taking Metrolink?

“My primary reason for taking Metrolink is that it saves me time and gas, the wear and tear on my car and it’s better for the environment by helping cut down on gas emissions.” -Melody S., Senior Library Assistant (Fullerton to L.A. Union Station)

“It’s faster and it matches my schedule.” -Alberto B. (Palmdale to Sylmar/San Fernando)

“To avoid driving in traffic and stress that comes with that.” -Merced R., Engineering Designer (San Bernardino Depot to L.A. Union Station)

“My primary reason for taking Metrolink is rest. I work a 9/80 schedule. At the end of the day I’d rather sleep in the train than sit two to three hours of traffic heading back home to San Bernardino.” -Liza P., Insurance Analyst (San Bernardino Depot to L.A. Union Station)

“I primarily take Metrolink to avoid sitting in traffic on the 91 freeway.” -Stephanie L., Theme Park Attractions Operator (Riverside – La Sierra to Fullerton)

“I travel to my work at LA from Tustin Station via the Orange County Line and enjoy it a lot. Lots of time to read books and watch movies. It also gives me the opportunity to do some work during my one-hour trip. All of this is impossible when I drive to LA and get into the downtown traffic. Thank you Metrolink.” -Murat A., Senior HR Manager (Tustin to L.A. Union Station)

“I take Metrolink for the speed and comfort and to save money. I also feel I am contributing to the environment by using public transportation.” -Paul M., Actor (Burbank – Downtown to Chatsworth)

Tell us about your commute.

“I live in Anaheim. I drive to the Fullerton Station, take the train into Union Station (DTLA) and then take a shuttle service to my building.” – Melody S., Senior Library Assistant

“I get a ride to Acton or Palmdale station. I take the AV Line to Sylmar/San Fernando Station. From there it’s only two minutes’ walk to my work.” -Alberto B.

“I drive about 24 miles to the San Bernardino Depot station, board the San Bernardino Line and ride to L.A. Union Station, transfer to Metro and exit at the first stop, Grand Park.  I then walk about a mile to my office. On return trip, I take the DASH to L.A. Union Station.” -Merced R., Engineering Designer

“My drive to the San Bernardino Depot or Rialto Station is five minutes since I live in the middle between the two stations. I usually get dropped off and picked up by my spouse or son. From L.A. Union Station, I catch the Metro B (Red) or D (Purple) Line to Pershing Square.  From Pershing Square, I walk a half-block to work. I have connected to the DASH from L.A. Union Station, too, but prefer the subway as it has less stops than the DASH buses.” -Liza P., Insurance Analyst

“I drive from my home to Riverside – La Sierra, then take a 91/Perris Valley train to Fullerton where I connect to OCTA route 43 or 543 south towards Costa Mesa, and get off at my work; alternatively, I can take an IEOC Line train to Anaheim Canyon and take Anaheim Resort Transit route 17 to work. Sometimes the return trip is an OC Line train to connect to an IEOC train in Orange.” -Stephanie L., Theme Park Attractions Operator

“I drive from Beaumont to the Moreno Valley/March Field Station. I get on the 701 train to Fullerton. Depending on the arrival time, I’ll take the 43 or 47 OCTA Bus to Katella Ave in Anaheim.” -Tracy B., Theme Park Transportation & Parking Employee

“I drive to Tustin Station and park my car. Sometimes my son or my wife drops me off if they need to use the car throughout the day. I take the train to L.A. Union Station. Previously, I was taking the Metro G (Gold) Line to go to Little Tokyo Station, but since the station is closed, I either walk to my work (about 15 minutes) or take the bus to Little Tokyo. On the way back, I either walk to L.A. Union Station or take the bus, commute from there to Tustin Station, and then drive home or take the bus home to the Veneto stop.” -Murat A., Senior HR Manager

“I typically walk a half mile from my apartment to the train station. I make a round-trip using Metrolink, but sometimes I have to return using another mode of public transit late at night. Metrolink often makes up only one leg of my daily commute, and I use buses or the Metro rail, and occasionally my bicycle or rideshare to complete my commute.” -Paul M., Actor

What do you do during your Metrolink commute?

            “On the ride into work I normally put my makeup on (if I haven’t already done so at home!) while listening to music and/or catching up with my coworker/girlfriend, Daisy since she takes the same line. On the ride home I will listen to music, read a book, write in my journal, catch up with Daisy and/or watch a baseball or basketball game (if my teams are playing).” -Melody S., Senior Library Assistant (Fullerton to L.A. Union Station)

            “I spend most of my time sleeping!” -Alberto B. (Palmdale to Sylmar/San Fernando)

            “In the morning I sleep. On the ride back I check work emails, sometimes do work, but mostly rest.” -Merced R., Engineering Designer (San Bernardino Depot to L.A. Union Station)

            “During my commute I sleep. I try to get as much sleep during my 75-minute ride since I catch the 301 or 303 trains running at 4 a.m. to get to work at 6 a.m.” -Liza P., Insurance Analyst (San Bernardino Depot to L.A. Union Station)

            “I do cross stitch embroidery on my commute as well as listen to audiobooks and podcasts.” -Stephanie L., Theme Park Attractions Operator (Riverside – La Sierra to Fullerton)

            “I listen to audiobooks, read books or watch something on my iPhone.” -Tracy B., Theme Park Transportation & Parking Employee (Moreno Valley/March Field to Fullerton)

            “I do work, read, watch movies, sleep or talk to a friend (when I meet one).” -Murat A., Senior HR Manager (Tustin to L.A. Union Station)

            “I listen to music on Spotify, take a nap, or occasionally talk to friends and family on the phone.” -Kevin M., Human Resources Manager (San Bernardino Depot to L.A. Union Station)

            “I read books during my commute. I may also check mail on my smartphone.” -Paul M., Actor (Burbank – Downtown to Chatsworth)

How has taking the train made a positive impact on your life?

“Taking the train has made a positive impact on me by allowing me time for myself without any distractions (for the most part). I’m able to do some meditation and have some self-reflection time. I don’t have to worry about driving or traffic and can enjoy MY quiet time.” -Melody S., Senior Library Assistant (Fullerton to L.A. Union Station)

“I save on gas. Plus, we have only one car right now, so my girl can keep the car all day long!” -Alberto B. (Palmdale to Sylmar/San Fernando)

“I don’t mind long drives – it’s the sitting in the traffic that I do mind. The train has helped me avoid sitting in hours of traffic.” -Merced R., Engineering Designer (San Bernardino Depot to L.A. Union Station)

“I love taking the train and meeting new people from everywhere. I’ve made new friends and love interacting with the conductors and engineers. I don’t lose sleep since I’m able to nap on the ride in and out of LA. I don’t have to sit in traffic. Plus, taking the train saves me money on gas and wear and tear on my vehicles.” -Liza P., Insurance Analyst (San Bernardino Depot to L.A. Union Station)

“Taking the train to and from work allows me to decompress instead of being tense in traffic, so by the time I get to work, I am in a better mental state. And when I get home, I can just relax. Traffic stresses me out, so by not sitting in traffic, I don’t have as much stress. Also, I spend less on gas and maintenance on my car.” -Stephanie L., Theme Park Attractions Operator (Riverside – La Sierra to Fullerton)

“Taking the train greatly reduces my stress because I DON’T have to drive from Beaumont to Anaheim.” -Tracy B., Theme Park Transportation & Parking Employee (Moreno Valley/March Field to Fullerton)

“Less stress, less time on the road, it gets me from A to B, and all I have to do is sit and enjoy the ride.” -Ama W., Staff Assistant (Fontana to L.A. Union Station)

“The train has had a very positive impact on me since I don’t worry about traffic. Mentally and physically, I feel relaxed when I go home.” -Murat A., Senior HR Manager (Tustin to L.A. Union Station)

“It saves time, gas, and wear and tear on my vehicles from driving. One less car on the road is better for the environment. At one point, several people from the same jobsite rode with me to the office (which was fun).” -Kevin M., Human Resources Manager (San Bernardino Depot to L.A. Union Station)

“Taking the train has made a positive impact on my life mostly financially because I save on the cost of gasoline, vehicle maintenance and car insurance. It also gives me credibility as an environmentalist. Though I can afford a luxury car, I choose to utilize public transport instead of driving. It makes me a healthier individual.” -Paul M., Actor (Burbank – Downtown to Chatsworth)

Why should other Southern Californians take the train to school/work?

            “I believe others should take the train because it gives you time for yourself, a chance to make new friends, saves time and gas on your commute and is overall better for the environment (less cars on the road).” -Melody S., Senior Library Assistant (Fullerton to L.A. Union Station)

            “It’s cheaper for students to take the train rather than drive every day.” -Alberto B. (Palmdale to Sylmar/San Fernando)

            “Taking the train means less stress and less time sitting in traffic. No need to worry about road rage or gas. Plus, we can help out the earth! With all these wildfires burning in California, we don’t need to worsen the air quality. Climate control is a huge issue and I would love for my children and grandchildren to experience what a wonderful world we have.” -Liza P., Insurance Analyst (San Bernardino Depot to L.A. Union Station)

             “Other Southern Californians should take the train because it allows time to relax and not worry about the traffic. I find that I am much happier not sitting in traffic.” -Stephanie L., Theme Park Attractions Operator (Riverside – La Sierra to Fullerton)

            “It reduces stress and the wear and tear on cars from driving a lot of miles.” -Tracy B., Theme Park Transportation & Parking Employee (Moreno Valley/March Field to Fullerton)

            “To avoid traffic and spend more time on doing something else such as reading, watching movies, studying or doing work while commuting. However, they need to compare the gas expenses and time before commuting.” -Murat A., Senior HR Manager (Tustin to L.A. Union Station)

            “It’s convenient, very clean, train staff are always very professional, travel is safe, and, in my experience, the train is almost always on time.” -Kevin M., Human Resources Manager (San Bernardino Depot to L.A. Union Station)

            “Taking the train is quick and easy. It saves you money and is good for the environment. It also frees up time to focus on other things as you don’t need to keep your eyes on the road.” -Paul M., Actor (Burbank – Downtown to Chatsworth)

            “It’s much less expensive than owning a car.” -Jeffrey S., Small Business Owner (Fullerton to Oceanside)

Do you feel safe on public transportation?

            “During the past year and half, I have felt safe while on the train. For the most part, everyone maintains their six feet apart while keeping their nose/mouth covered. The amount of folks on the train is not nearly what it used to be, and I have found myself at times sitting alone in my area of the train car.” -Melody S., Senior Library Assistant (Fullerton to L.A. Union Station)

            “The train is 100% safe.” -Alberto B. (Palmdale to Sylmar/San Fernando)

            “I feel relatively safe. I find that I feel most at ease on the train versus on buses.” -Stephanie L., Theme Park Attractions Operator (Riverside – La Sierra to Fullerton)

            “Yes, I definitely feel safe on public transportation!” -Tracy B., Theme Park Transportation & Parking Employee (Moreno Valley/March Field to Fullerton)

            “Yes! Between the officers that ride the train, conductors and safety officers that board to check the train, I feel safe.” -Ama W., Staff Assistant (Fontana to L.A. Union Station)

            “I always feel safe and comfortable on Metrolink. I’ve never had a problem with fellow passengers or the employees.” -Paul M., Actor (Burbank – Downtown to Chatsworth)

Why not drive to school/work?

            “I prefer to take the train as opposed to driving because it cuts down my commute time by more than 50%. It’s not fun sitting in over an hour’s worth of traffic when I can enjoy a 35 to 40-minute train ride and avoid the headache.” -Melody S., Senior Library Assistant (Fullerton to L.A. Union Station)

            “There’s too much traffic! I hate traffic.” -Alberto B. (Palmdale to Sylmar/San Fernando)

            “My workplace offers vanpools, and I took them for a while, but the comfort and stress-free ride of no traffic is the best answer for me.” -Merced R., Engineering Designer (San Bernardino Depot to L.A. Union Station)

            “I have driven to work, but the drive back home is not a good one. Driving back to San Bernardino at 3:30 or 4 p.m. weekday traffic is not ‘me time.’ I’ve driven home in two to three hours, and I was exhausted when I got home. I couldn’t help my son with his homework nor was I able to cook dinner for my family. That’s why I take Metrolink.” -Liza P., Insurance Analyst (San Bernardino Depot to L.A. Union Station)

            “Anytime I don’t have to worry about getting from point A to point B is a relief. By taking the train to work, I can relax and not worry about the traffic. Unless I use the 91 express lanes, it takes the exact same amount of time for me to drive to work as it would to take public transit. My employer also gives good incentives to take a clean air commute.” -Stephanie L., Theme Park Attractions Operator (Riverside – La Sierra to Fullerton)

            “I’d rather relax and let someone else do the driving so I can do things I enjoy doing (reading, doing puzzles, watching tv!).” -Tracy B., Theme Park Transportation & Parking Employee (Moreno Valley/March Field to Fullerton)

            “Due to the distance, it would take me three hours each way. Whereas taking the train (even with transfers to Metro rail and walking) is exactly two hours. With Metrolink, the stress is reduced since I’m not driving. I’m able to arrive at work refreshed and ready to take on the day. You can’t sleep and drive at the same time (well…you can, but your fellow drivers would NOT appreciate it!).” -Kevin M., Human Resources Manager (San Bernardino Depot to L.A. Union Station)

            “I save money by using public transportation instead of driving. It enables me to focus on other business too, even if it’s just reading. I feel I see and do more and am more flexible on public transportation. It gives me more exercise and lowers my carbon footprint. I don’t add to LA’s notorious traffic either.” -Paul M., Actor (Burbank – Downtown to Chatsworth)

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  1. Thank you so much, Iva! We appreciate it 🙂 ^BH

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