Transit Oriented Development Fails to Yield Results
I can relate. I live in one of the showcase transit oriented development villages in LA, the NoHo Arts District and until yesterday did not use the Red Line in the seven months I've lived here. I could use the Metro Orange Line to commute to my office in Sherman Oaks but have never done it. However I can say that the retail development clumped around finds me making more walking trips for tasks that required a drive when I lived in a suburban section of Sherman Oaks, so perhaps that is the key, growing more retail and business along the transit stops and not just housing.
In the meantime, its going to get more expensive to use that transit if you do get around to it - the Metro Day pass is going from $3 to $5, a 66% price increase. And the City of LA is getting around to taking a look at updating it's Commuter Express bus service for the first time in 22 years.