Original Article Credit toIN NEWS for LAist
Like every Angeleno ever, Allen Prom has hated on this city’s soul-crushing traffic. But he’s also done something that maybe a lot of us only fantasize about doing: he quit his job in favor of a shorter commute.
Prom grew up in South Dakota, where “our idea of traffic was being stuck behind a tractor.” After he moved to L.A. five years ago to marry his longtime, long-distance girlfriend, he knew “it was crazy to be in traffic for two hours of the day, stuck on the 101 or the 405.”
But he did it anyway, for three long years commuting from his home in Reseda to his job as a kitchen supervisor at the University of Southern California in downtown L.A. Eventually, he just couldn’t take it anymore.
Turns out, Prom isn’t alone. A lot of people in LA are leaving their jobs based on how long it takes to get there: according to a new survey from the carpool app, Scoop, 24 percent of them. Scoop’s chief executive, Rob Sadow, said it was the highest percentage of any metropolitan area in the United States. The national average is 17 percent, based on the Scoop survey of 7,000 people in 16 major metropolitan areas.