Public Transit Wins again.

This morning I had to get to Anaheim from Laguna Niguel and my wife needed the car to get to work. By using google and a little planning, I determined that I could leave my morning meeting which got out at 8am, ride the bike to the bus stop at Crown Valley and Niguel road, take the bus to Crown Valley and Forbes Road, then ride the bike to the Metrolonk Station. Giving myself some extra time I planned to get the 8:35 bus and catch the 9:14 Metrolink to Orange, then ride the bike into Anaheim to meet my friend Jeff to work on bikes. Both the OCTA buses and the Metrolink trains have bike racks available to store a bike during the trip if needed.

Bike Storage on Metrolink

Bike Storage on Metrolink

As luck would have it, I cought the 8:05 bus and the 8:25 train, and made it to Anaheim by 8:55. I am not sure I could have done better in a car. I know I saved myself some stress by relaxing on the train, and the combined bus/train fare was $8.75, which isn’t bad at all. In case some of the readers haven’t noticed, gas prices are on the way up again. (elections are over, seems to be a trend)
For those of you that have not tried the public transportation in Orange County lately, I highly recommend it. One can car less if they plan properly.

2 Comments so far

  1. Train-ing Wheels | Orange County Metblogs (pingback) on January 17th, 2009 @ 4:01 pm

    […] As some of you know, I was born and raised in the valley. Most of the time in Burbank. My family all still lives up there. I’ve made the drive there and back more often then I care to remember over the last 7 years. Yesterday I decided to give Metrolink a try. This isn’t my first time, mind you. I mentioned in Will’s post over on the LA Metblog that I attempted this once, but I got on the wrong train out of Orange and started heading towards Corona. Luckily we stopped at the Anaheim Hills station, but since the gap between trains is stupid long, I had to cab it home from there. Well after taking a closer look at the schedule I managed all the right trains this time, and it was awesome! Through the magic of my Twitter I learned that fellow OC Metblogger Jeff was also going to taking the train. I hoped to see him so I’d have someone to chat with, but we never saw each other. You can read about his train encounter here. […]

  2. Dave Share (daveshare) on January 18th, 2009 @ 9:45 pm

    Now THAT’S what I call a pingback! All but got my pictures in there!

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