We just knew Southern Californians couldn't resist the charms of public transport.
Los Angeles Times reporter Christiana Sciaudone filed a piece called "Friendships Forged On the Rails" in the 10/11/04 edition about bonding amongst commuters aboard Southern California commuter trains. Folks stuck on the train are conversing with their neighbors, throwing potlucks and planning vacations together.
Another point in favor of mass transit. When's the last time someone had a pot luck on the 405 during gridlock?