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They want to ride L.A. transit. This is what’s stopping them

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To the editor: Though I’ve a automobile, I used to be a daily Metro commuter pre-pandemic, taking the Gold Line and Pink Line downtown for work. I most well-liked going Metro each to keep away from the stress of driving, and to cut back my local weather affect. (“With crime up and ridership down, Metro struggles to move homeless people off trains,” April 1)

As soon as COVID-19 hit, my job turned distant, and I switched to driving all over the place else to keep away from the virus. Now that I’m vaccinated, nonetheless, I’m much less involved about COVID than the ballooning local weather disaster. If we’re to keep away from local weather catastrophe, extra Angelenos should make a behavior of utilizing public transit, and I need to prepared the ground.

However within the occasions I’ve taken the Metro this 12 months, I’ve typically felt unsafe in a approach I didn’t earlier than 2020. The trains appear eerily empty and erratic conduct appears extra frequent.

Metro must discover a strategy to make the trains really feel protected once more, and our metropolis as an entire must discover a strategy to finish this housing disaster and get unhoused riders the assist they want.

Marjorie Hunt, Los Angeles

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To the editor: I’m glad that Metrolink is adding more trains, however its schedules should not useful for individuals who dwell in Los Angeles and have to commute elsewhere.

For instance, it’s not possible to take a prepare from Los Angeles to Ventura and arrive earlier than 8 a.m. It’s likewise not possible to take a prepare from Ventura to Los Angeles round 5 p.m.

Metrolink’s schedule doesn’t appear to grasp that not everyone seems to be commuting towards Los Angeles within the morning — and for many people, it’s fairly the alternative.

Jamie Shepherd, Los Angeles