During the month of January 2020, Go Glendale assisted the City of Glendale in conducting Average Vehicle Ridership (AVR) surveys at seven properties in Downtown Glendale. Residents and employees of the properties recorded their trips for the week of January 13 to January 17, 2020. Go Glendale analyzed these trips to determine these properties’ overall AVR and breakdown of commute modes in order to better understand the travel patterns of the commuters in Downtown Glendale. The results are summarized in this blog post.
Average Vehicle Ridership is the ratio of number of employee or resident trips to the number of vehicle trips.
We ranked the seven properties according to their AVR, with #1 being the highest and #7 being the lowest.
#1- Hyatt Place
#3- AMLI Lex on Orange
With an average of 69% drive-alone trips and 1.35 AVR, we have a long way to go to make Downtown Glendale more sustainable.
Commuters of Glendale Series: Featuring Matt Basora
Glendale commuters come
in all kinds. People bike, walk, scoot, carpool, vanpool and take
transit. This series is
intended to share the stories of commuters who demonstrate it’s possible to get
to work without driving alone!
For our first post this new year we are featuring Matt Basora who takes the bus to West LA from Glendale every single workday! Let’s see what he has to say about his experience on the transit system and what motivated him to make the shift.
1. Where do you generally commute to?
Although I hail from Glendale, I work waaaaaay out there in
2. How do you get to work on a typical day?
I take advantage of one of the many bus lines that pick me up
near my home in Glendale and then transfer to light rail once I’m either in Downtown
LA (to the E [Expo] line) or in
Hollywood (to the B [Red] line). What I love
about the transit system is there is always more than one way to get from Point
A to Point B.
3.What is the best part of your commute?
I love the feeling of zipping through rush hour without the
headache of stop-and-go traffic. And when you have a commute as long as
mine, that white-knuckled stress fest takes its toll after a while. With
public transportation, I pop on a podcast and relax until I get to my
destination. (We always appreciate a relaxing commute, don’t we?)
4.What/who compelled you to begin commuting this
Driving back and forth across the metropolitan area was wreaking havoc on both my car and my attitude. Having spent a lot of time up north and back east, I had relied on the bus/rail system to get around but was reluctant to try it down here. I tried it on a whim, fearing the worst but it ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
5.Do you have any interesting commute stories you’d
like to share?
I’ve met so many fascinating people in my ride back and forth
to work that I never would have encountered if it wasn’t for public
transport. It really reiterates just how much of a melting pot of different
backgrounds we have in the southland.
6.Are there any commuting tips that you’d like to
share with the people working near you?
Be mindful of when express service ends for the day, so you don’t
end up waiting longer than you’d like to get where you’re going.
Otherwise, take a day to get to know your city. With free transfers within a
two-hour window, there’s so much to see and a million ways to see it.
We agree, Matt. You will find all the updated Bus and Rail
Have a great commute
you’d like to post? We’re collecting stories about commuters who carpool,
vanpool, bike, walk, scoot or take transit on a typical workday. At Go
Glendale, we love to share these stories. Please reach out to us at email@example.com to be featured in our Commuters of
New Year, New Commute
Did you know you can save money, burn calories, help the environment AND improve your health ALL by changing the way you commute?
NoHo to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project: Upcoming Community Workshops
LA Metro is hosting a series of Bus Rapid Transit workshops to share the community’s vision for a BRT. Reserve your spot here!
Join the Glendale Community Workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 from 6-8 pm at Glendale Central Library, 222 E Harvard St., Glendale, CA 91205.
Public and stakeholder engagement will continue throughout the environmental review process to solicit valuable feedback to further inform and define the project.
Hey, Join the group! Get $2 rides to/from work!
Check out this new promotion for sharing the ride. Waze Carpool is offering $2 rides for Glendale Commuters from August 12th to October 31st if you join the Glendale Carpoolers Group.
Waze Carpool is an app from Waze that matches riders with drivers who are traveling along the same routes. It’s a quick and affordable option for getting to and from Glendale. Download the Waze carpool app available in the Google Play or App Store. You can also share the link: http://bit.ly/GlendaleCarpoolers.
As always, please feel free to reach out to Go Glendale with any questions at (818) 543-7641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips for Establishing Telework and Managing Remote Workers
We wanted to provide you with best practices on working from home policies as many employees are now working from home, some for the first time, to protect the health of their workforce and their operations. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has gripped the globe. Government and health officials are urging calm and caution.
Here are a few
tips as you mobilize your continuity of operations plan to enable your
workforce to work from home for an extended period of time:
Technology – The right technology is
critical for employees to work from home effectively. Assess equipment and
technology readiness including hardware, software, collaboration tools, and
Policies – Your organization should have
an official telework policy and eligible employees should be working under a
signed telework agreement. Review your policy and agreement documents to ensure
they are up to date.
Troubleshoot – Identify problematic areas that can
cripple work productivity in a telework environment and assemble a task team to
assist with resolution.
Home, aka Teleworking, is a work arrangement that allows an employee to perform
work at an approved alternative worksite.
Why have a telework program?
There are many
benefits for employers, including: increased productivity, cost savings and
improved employee retention, support for more diverse candidates and access to
more talent, and assistance with their Employee Commute Reduction Programs.
And there are benefits for employees in terms of improved work-life balance, increased levels of flexibility, and saving time and money on their commutes. Our community and region profits, too, in the form of reduced emissions and cleaner air. Check out this map below showing a comparison of March 2019 and March 2020 and read more here.
If you need
assistance with your telework program, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us
at Go Glendale. We are here to help! Additionally, you’ll find a list of
Telework Resources below.
Glendale commuters come in all kinds. People bike, walk,
bus, scoot, carpool, vanpool and drive. This series is intended to share the
stories of commuters who demonstrate it’s possible to get to work without
This month we are featuring Anneliese Hanson who takes the
bus to Downtown Glendale every single workday! She works with Cigna located at
400 N. Brand Blvd in Downtown Glendale. Here is what she has to say about her
What is the best part about your commute?
I love putting on my headphones, relaxing and letting
someone else do the driving!
What/Who compelled you to begin commuting this way?
I am from Chicago, where using transit is the norm. I find
that driving to work is stressful and doesn’t let me start my day on the ‘right
foot’. I like knowing that I am helping lessen road congestion and helping the
environment, while saving a TON of money on gas and car maintenance. I have
only filled up once this month!
Do you have any interesting commute stories you’d like to
The buses here are so much cleaner and newer than other
cities! And the drivers & passengers are well-behaved too.
Are there any commuting tips that you’d like to share
with people working near you?
Have a great commute you’d like to post? We’re collecting stories about commuters who carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, scoot or take transit on the typical workday. At Go Glendale, we love to share these stories. Please reach out to us at email@example.com to be featured in our Commuters of Glendale series.
Glendale Beeline Wants to Hear From You!
The City is inviting community input on recommended services changes to the Glendale Beeline. Members of the public are welcome to participate in any or all of the meetings at Glendale City Hall (613 E. Broadway). Visit www.GlendaleBeeline.com for details.
The Beeline is reimagining the bus network
to create more customer-focused routes, faster and more reliable travel times,
and less waiting at bus stops.
A survey was conducted earlier this year,
and the results of this survey have now been synthesized in the Transit Route
Analysis – a comprehensive vision of how Beeline can adapt to growth in
Downtown urban density and extended commute times to both school and
Watch the July 22nd Transportation and
Parking Commission meeting here
to see the project team present the finding and results from the analysis. Click here for
the presentation and click
here for more information.
Based on the finding and initial public input, the team presented the draft recommendations for near-term and mid-term services changes to the Transportation and Parking Commission on September 23rd, 2019 at 6 pm at Glendale City Hall for a public hearing on a proposed implementation plan that prioritizes the service changes within the available funding resources. Click here to know more.
Glendale City Council is then tentatively scheduled to consider the recommended Beeline service changes in November.
Please provide your input on the proposed changes!
By phone at 818-548-3960 Mon-Thu 7:30am-5:30pm, Fri 8am-5pm
In writing to Beeline, 633 E. Broadway, Room 305, Glendale, CA 91206
Go Glendale Commute Series
Glendale commuters come in all kinds.
People bike, walk, bus, scoot, carpool, vanpool and drive. This series is
intended to share the stories of commuters who demonstrate it’s possible to get
to work without driving alone!
This month we’re featuring Jeslette
Verzosa, an amazing bicycle commuter from Adventist Health Glendale! Jeslette
Versoza and her husband are passionate bikers who bike to work twice a week. She
shares her commute story from Pacoima to Glendale- a 13-mile bike ride!
How do you get to work on a typical day?
I work varied start hours. Whenever I
start my shift at 5:30 am or anytime before 7:00 am, I drive from Pacoima to
Glendale. On most Wednesdays & Thursdays when my husband bikes to work, I
ride my bike with him. We part ways at Glenoaks and Olive St. and I continue my
freedom ride to Glendale via Glenoaks [Blvd].
What is the best part of your commute?
I love riding my bicycle as it gives me
freedom from traffic, gives me Vitamin D along the way. I enjoy the exercise
before my work starts. It gives me adrenaline. Now, coffee is optional. 😊
What/Who compelled you to begin commuting
I have witnessed my husband [biking] to work before. I have co-workers riding bikes from Santa Clarita to Glendale & I see them when I drive the streets of Glenoaks. I love the bike paths and bike friendly signs. My workplace encourages healthy lifestyle. I love the 3 feet law between cyclists & cars.
Are there any interesting commute stories
you’d like to share?
I showed up to work the first time last year with my bike
helmet and [sweaty] cycling clothes. They were all surprised. I told them,
“It’s been 13 miles”. They said, “Round trip? Not bad”. I answered, “No, one
way only. 30 miles at the end of the day.” They answered, “What?!”
Well, we were surprised, too!
Are there any commuting tips you’d like
to share with people working near you?
Streets are safe in Los Angeles. We have
to use safety measures too like [bike] lights, helmet, [and] visible clothing.
Join clubs or read about road signs & courtesy. Biking is cheaper than gas.
Have a great commute you’d like to post?
We’re collecting stories about commuters who carpool, vanpool, bike, walk,
scoot or take transit on the typical workday. At Go Glendale, we love to share
these stories. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be
featured in our Commuters of Glendale series.
Bike and Walk to work day 2019
We would like to thank everyone who stopped by our pit-stop and making Bike & Walk to Work Day a success! We braved the rain and made it to work. we hope you enjoyed being there! Happy Bike Month! To learn more about such Bike Month events visit https://www.metro.net/riding/bike-month/
Bike & Walk to Work Day is around the corner! Go Glendale will be hosting a pitstop in the courtyard of 400 N Brand on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 7 am to 10 am. Join us for giveaways, snacks, and refreshments! We will be there rain or shine to support you!
More than 80% of bike commuters say they feel healthier and less stressed. Probably because they’re getting exercise, saving money, and doing something good for the environment. Be one of those people!