Riding the Bus
Riding the bus is easy when you follow these easy steps:
- Arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes early. Some bus stops have shelters and benches. All bus stops are marked by a sign that list all routes that stop at that location. Each bus stop sign also has a unique stop number, which can be used to track when the next bus is coming.
- Make sure you’re getting on the right bus. Look at the number and route name displayed on the headsign on the front of the bus to make sure it’s the correct bus.
- When the bus pulls up, step on board and pay your fare. Have exact change ready, or use the convenient Connect Card, or ZipPass app. When the bus approaches, look for the route name and number on the top front of the bus.
- Be sure to ask the bus operator for a transfer if you need to connect to another bus or train.
- One block before your destination, pull the overhead cord once to ring the bell, which also turns on the “request stop” light.
- Hold on to the rails and handles as you make your way to the exit. Exit through the rear door.
Bus Etiquette – Rules of the Road
Below are a few of the “Rules of the Road” when riding the bus:
Let others off the bus before you enter.
- Don’t block the doors. It makes it harder for your fellow passengers to enter and exit the bus.
- If you are in a seat designated for people with mobility issues (people with crutches, senior citizens, expectant mothers, someone who appears a little unsteady on their feet, etc.) and you don’t have one of these issues, please allow them to use the designated seats.
- Don’t eat or drink on the bus. Wrappers or other messes left behind make for an unpleasant ride for the next passenger.
- Don’t litter. No one wants to pick up after you, so please pick up after yourself.
- Wear headphones if you are listening to music…and please keep it low enough so it doesn’t bother the other passengers.
- It’s best to refrain from talking on the phone. After all, why would you want others to hear your conversation?
- Keep your language “Rated G”. There may be children or other folks around that may be offended by some language.
- Don’t put your feet on the seats. We want to keep all our vehicles clean for all riders.
- Do not cross in front of the bus after you exit the vehicle.