Transit systems protocol are very similar, such as:
- Children under age 6 travel on the bus at no charge
- Adults over age 65 ride at a reduced (usually ½ of adult) fare
- Youth (age 6 to 18) ride at a reduced fare
- Buses pick up and drop off passengers only at designated stops
- Most buses have bike racks (on the front of the bus)
- Buses are handicap accessible and can accommodate walkers and wheelchairs
- Front seats in the bus are reserved for wheelchairs, strollers, disabled or elderly passengers.
- Cell phone use is discouraged on the bus and MP-3 or other audio players should be kept at a level that only user can hear
- Exact change is needed.
- It is OK to bring a cup with a lid onto the bus but eating food is not allowed.
Each bus system provides trip-planning assistance on their websites : see links in Transportation Resources
While taking a bus, here are some helpful hints:
- Don’t be afraid to ask the driver or fellow travelers questions: about how to get specific places, the best transfer points, where to catch the returning bus, or when your stop is coming up.
- Go to your community’s transit website to learn details and updates on fares, routes, schedules, etc.
- Carry several single dollar bills and quarters for bus fare (if you don’t have an ORCA card, see below)
- If you use more than one transit system, GET AN ORCA CARD! This an e-purse which takes the place of needing exact change. It also recognizes when you “transfer” to another bus or system. For more information, see www.ORCAcard. Once you receive the card, you can register and “load” your card online using a credit card.