Transit Saturday: Plan with the BRU or Explore Torrance Transit with SO.CA.TA
The Bus Riders Union will have its monthly meeting at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (on Wilshire two blocks west of Vermont) with a light breakfast served at 9:30 a.m. followed by the meeting at 10 a.m. The agenda to no surprise indicates the main topic will be their campaign against Metro's impending fare increase: "what we need to do is have a deeper strategy conversation about what we are willing to do from here on out".
If you attend as a newbie you'll initially participate in an separate new member orientation session in which BRU organizers provide the basics of their positions and ways of doing business. My understanding from friends who have attended BRU meetings is after the orientation session is finished the new members join the main meeting in progress, which usually draws about 90 to 100 people.
The other transit activism activity on Saturday is Southern California Transit Advocates' first study tour of the year, exploring Torrance Transit.
As the SO.CA.TA website notes these study tours aren't just recreational. They also help us familiarize ourselves with transit service (frequency, hours of service, connections, etc.) locally and in adjacent areas. And our members who don't use transit daily get a dose of "seat of the pants" knowledge about transit issues.
The rendezvous point is Alameda Street south of César E. Chávez Avenue across from Union Station. At 9:30 a.m. we'll catch Torrance's route two as it travels south through downtown Los Angeles then proceeds to Torrance via the Harbor Freeway.
Regular fare for Torrance is $1 with a $1 surcharge for the buses that serve downtown L.A. Transfers are forty cents. And of course they do accept the EZ Pass. Otherwise having some dollar bills and change to pay fares seems advisable. Also bring some cash to buy lunch at the Del Amo Mall food court.
Here is the itinerary, prepared by SO.CA.TA member Paul Castillo:
take route two from Union Station at 9:30 a.m.
arrive at Del Amo Mall (Carson/Madrona) at 10:40 a.m.
walk to Line 3 stop on Carson St.
take route 3 departing at 10:55 a.m
arrive Redondo Beach Pier a 11:15 a.m.
take route 3 from Pier at 11:35 a.m.
arrive at Del Amo Mall at 11:50 a.m.
take route 9 from Del Amo Mall at 1 p.m.
take to end of route (Vermont/Lomita) arriving at 1:25 p.m.
take return trip arriving at Del Amo Mall at 1:50 p.m.
take route 3 from Del Amo Mall at 1:50 p.m.
go to end of route at Long Beach Transit Mall, arriving at 2:45 p.m.
take return trip departing 2:55 p.m. arriving a Del Amo Mall at 3:55 p.m.
take route 2 at Del Amo Mall at 4 p.m.
arrive at Union Station at 5:23 p.m.
All in all a busy day for transit activism, whichever activity you choose.