Add Mariel Garza to the corps of Daily News staffers who are switching to the MTA. Her plan, disclosed on her blog, is to leave her car parked for the entire month of June. Health emergencies are an exception.
I've only just begun this morning, so it's hard to say how it will go. But if my frustrating experiences getting a bus pass was any indication, it's going to be a long month. Turns out that many of the places that sell the regular MTA monthly passes, don't sell the pricier EZ Pass, which is good on MTA and LA DOT buses, as well as a bunch of regional bus lines. After futilely driving around to places that sell passes on Wednesday morning, I gave in and went directly to the source -- the MTA HQ downtown -- and bought my pass.
And, I've already discovered there's a bus version of road rage. I felt a twinge of it on this morning's drive thanks to the personal weirdness of another passenger. I won't get into. Suffice to day after this morning's experience, I will be packing my Walkman.
In re: LAPD blog v. Garza: She also posts that the alleged factual error was not that at all.