More essential than personal trainers and trust funds in this county are our beloved cars. Bus passes, Google's walking directions, Metrolink–these funny words, what do they mean?
And yet the folks at Orange County Transportation Authority (bless their hearts) are taking on the noble job of encouraging local commuters to ditch their vehicles as part of the national Dump the Pump week. For the next couple days, they want you to see what it's like to live a car-free existence by either taking the bus or train, riding your bike or walking, telecommuting, or simply carpooling with a friend.
As a bit of incentive, they're giving out free continental breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Anaheim train station.
Some benefits of losing your wheels:
- No more paying upwards of $4 a gallon. Riding public transportation can save commuters an average of $8,691 a year, according to OCTA.
- No dealing with parking lot madness at places like Angels Stadium and the Honda Center. OCTA buses and Metrolink stop at many of OC's most popular destinations.
- No Carmageddon.
It's worth a try. Who knows? You may lose the road rage for good.