I have worked for a couple of transportation companies. In my time, I have found routes I’ve fell in love with, and some routes I tried my damnedest to stay away from! Here’s my list of routes, that appeal to me for various reasons. Routes that I love to win on a bid, and just ride.
14 Crosstown (DDOT)
Going from East to West and back. It’s easy, you see some main streets that help us newbies learn the city, and has some good layovers.
493 Downtown L.A. Express (Foothill Transit)
This was the route that I learned the good and bad of Express Routes. I cut my teeth so to speak. The good was how quick you could potentially get to your ending destination, and have all the “me time” I wanted. The bad was there was usually traffic, and when it was bad you had to deal with angry passengers who let frustration get in the way of common sense, ask why they can’t to work on time.
25 Jefferson (DDOT)
The 25 Jeff! Look at the map… Basically a straight shot. You go through downtown, and you get to see the Detroit river on your way to the ‘burbs. Plus it’s only 25 mins long!
699 Downtown L.A. Express (Foothill Transit)
My favorite express route! Mostly freeway. The only real driving on the streets is when you reach downtown Los Angeles.
10 Airport Schedule (VTA)
A free route going through the airport. Need I say more?
34 – Graitoit (DDOT)
A mix of riding through the trenches, and seeing some sights. I would put it higher, but I don’t like the layovers.
282 El Monte Station to Puente Hills Mall (Foothill Transit)
Easy! It doesn’t have many turns, and on the weekend…. let’s just say you have plenty of time to get snacks.
286 – Brea Mall to Pomona (Foothill Transit)
Going from Pomona, to the mall in Orange County. With the same type of fun as the above on the weekend!
522 Palo Alto Transit Center to Eastridge Mall (VTA)
I know it’s a light weight long. But what I like about this is, it’s not the 22. It’s a rapid! Meaning I skip the majority of of the stops route 22 have. Cutting the route time in half. The 22 is 2 1/2 hours long one way. Almost 200 stops. You do the math.
498 – Woodward Reflex (DDOT)
Same thing as the above, but the Detroit version.