In October 2016, I watched my car lease company come and drive my vehicle away. No, I hadn’t defaulted on payments. I’d decided to go #CarFree in Los Angeles—a crazy (though admirable) move, according to most Angelenos I meet. A fellow geek gifted me a Transit Access Pass (TAP) and explained how the interconnected train, light rail, subway and bus system worked. The pass sported a 1939 vintage photograph of Union Station’s ticket hall, the location for the police station in the original Blade Runner, so I was sold. I’ve tested a bunch of mobility apps since then and am currently sticking with Google Maps since it now has live bus/train times. I’ve lived in cities with mass transit before—including London and NYC—and traveled widely. I even enjoyed getting lost on the Milan Metro and being hustled onto the platform by someone shouting through a megaphone in Beijing. In Los Angeles, going carless is not always as smooth a journey as one might hope. But that’s what ride-hailing apps are for. And as the city builds the Metro Purple Line Extension to connect east and west LA ahead of the 2028 Summer Olympics, it’s getting easier and easier. My monthly… Read full this story
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