- Get to the bus stop early. The bus driver's goal is to be on time. Arrive early or you could be late.
- Stand slightly to one side to let people exiting the bus get off before you try to board.
- Have your bus fare ready. Also have the correct change as bus drivers do not make change.
- Lower your cost and the need to carry change with the purchase of a bus pass.
- Clearly show your pass to the driver for no hassle fare.
- If you need a transfer ask for one when you pay your fare.
- Remain alert and brace yourself when a bus is slowing down or turning.
- If you’re able bodied avoid sitting in the priority seating. Save it for senior citizens and disabled passengers.
- Pack light. Do not carry too many packages; always leave one hand free to grasp railings.
- Plan your route. If you have to switch buses, figure out your bus route before you leave home.
- Pull the bell cord to alert the driver that you want to get off at the next stop.
- Remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop. Exit through the rear door whenever possible.
- If the connection time between your transfer is close ask driver for assistance in making connection.
- After disembarking the vehicle never cross the street in front of the bus unless you are at a green traffic light.
Jan 23, 2009
Tips for riding the bus
DRT has a number of passenger tips on their web page. This is a list that I have compiled. As always, it's from a bus driver's point of view.