By Karla Garcia
One of the benefits of being a student is discounted or even free bus fare, with your student ID, of course! To make sure you get all the best out of your ride follow these transit tips:
- Stay aware of your surroundings. One of the most important things when traveling by transit is being cautious and respectful of the people around you. Don’t take up more space than you need, so people can sit in seats or stand safely. Stay watchful, so as not to miss your stop.
- Exit/Enter the bus safely. When entering or exiting the bus keep an eye on the cars, bikes, and people around you. Walk to the nearest crosswalk or intersection to get to your destination – do not cross mid-block even if that’s where the bus drops you off. Drivers do not have to stop for city transit buses, so keep your head up and scan your surroundings.
- Responsibility. When traveling you are expected to uphold the rules and expectations of the bus. This entails acting in a manner that shows your maturity and ability to handle such responsibility. Public transportation may seem intimidating, but I can assure you that it really is not. We are all just trying to get to where we need to be.
- Plan accordingly. Give yourself ample time to get to your destination. Buses run on a schedule, though, sometimes it may take longer due to unforeseen circumstances. Think ahead, determine your route prior to leaving and find at least one alternative route just in case you do miss your bus.
If you have yet to take a ride around your city on public transit, no worries. I was nervous too, but going with friends makes the experience all the better.
Karla Garcia is a student at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in International Relations and Global Studies. She is currently a freshman who has experience working with the UDS program as support staff, including as a team member for our UDS Symposium.