I know it sounds a little silly but I think this sentence sounds really cool. “I rode the bus to work today.” I’ve done it once before actually but now that I’m a ‘veteran’ (ha) I thought I would share my wisdom.
Use the trip planner if your bus system has one, its amazing and it knows what its talking about.
Write down your route (in your phone to save paper)
If possible sit on an inside seat to leave room for the next person.
Try not to talk on your phone if you can help it.
Bring a book (its a great time to read if you don’t get motion sick)
If your system offers a rechargeable pass, get one it is much simpler. The ones on our system don’t expire so they are good for infrequent travelers like me.
When you’re ready to get off the bus, just pull the cord above the window to signal the driver. Signal about a block before your stop.
There are a few down sides for me however and this is why I don’t ride more often. If I work at 7:00 AM, which I do 95% of the time, the buses in my area are a lot less frequent and the express isn’t running yet. That means I have to get on the bus at 5:35 instead of leaving my house at 6:25. The other downfall for me is the cost. Since I drive a Prius and my commute is only 13 miles the average cost for me to drive to work is $28.18/month. If I rode the bus ant the cheapest rate (which I can’t always) it would be $56.00 /month.
Here is one last thing to think about in the world of buses and being green:
|You’ll reduce your carbon footprint by 5.4 lbs. by choosing transit|
|11.5||lbs. CO2 produced by driving alone|
|–||6.2||lbs. CO2 produced by riding transit|
|=||5.4||lbs. CO2 saved!|