Tips for First-Time Riders
Commuters enjoy the ease and convenience of public transportation, but it can take a little getting used to. Below are a few tips for first-time riders.
- Always plan ahead. Make sure you know the route and schedule of the train or bus you will be taking. If you’re riding rail, you may need to transfer from one train to another. Know ahead of time where you need to transfer.
- Leave yourself plenty of time. Plan on arriving at your transit stop at least five to 10 minutes before your scheduled departure time.
- Stand in the correct location. When riding a bus, make sure that you are on the correct side of the street and stand up as the bus approaches to signal to the driver that you are ready to board the bus.
- Use a commuter or express service if you want to save time. These services cost a bit more, but can get you to your destination faster. Just make sure your stop is included on the express route.
- Bring exact change for bus fares. You can usually purchase train tickets via vending machines, which provide change. Some machines also take debit and credit cards.
- Ride your bike. Most rail and bus services provide storage for bikes, or allow you to take your bike onboard. Double check your local transit website to make sure bikes are welcome. Find more about bikes on public transportation.
Remember, each public transit provider will have its own rules and regulations, so check with your local provider before riding for the first time: