For those of us on the Westside who would like to use the bus as David Lazarus suggests ("My week on the bus: Pirate songs and other thrills," Consumer Confidential, June 15), there is one major limitation: parking.
Unless you live within walking distance of Wilshire or Santa Monica boulevards, where the primary bus routes run, you will find that places to leave your car for the day are very limited as a result of residential permit parking, street cleaning restrictions and metered parking.
There are no park-and-ride lots on the Westside. City transportation planners, take this as your challenge.
Thanks to David Lazarus for revealing the best-kept secret about public transportation: You don't have to become a daily rider to realize big savings at the gas pump. As he points out, once or twice a week will put big bucks back in your pocket.
However, Lazarus is incorrect when he says Metro's online trip planner only includes Metro service. In fact, it includes all transit operators in L.A. County, plus that of all surrounding counties as well -- Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura.