Yurithza Esparza’s journey from Boyle Heights to Cal State Northridge involves three buses and a train. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Over the last decade, both Los Angeles County’s sprawling Metro system and smaller lines have hemorrhaged bus riders as passengers have fled for more convenient options — mostly, driving.

Read Laura Nelson’s report on the decline in Metro’s rideship due in large part to a drop in the quality of bus service and how Metro can turn the tide by implementing dedicated bus lanes HERE