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Updated on July 26, 2017
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Melissa lives in Downtown Albuquerque. She loves sharing her local discoveries with fellow travelers and explorers.

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A Practical, General Guide to Riding Public Transportation in the U.S.

It's always a good idea to have an alternate form of transportation accessible for moments when your vehicle isn't available and neither are your family, friends or helpful co-workers.

I began riding school buses at the age of five years--it was the only way to get to kindergarten. I continued to ride them as needed throughout my school years.

During middle school my parents introduced me to public transportation and although I didn't ride the city bus without them at that age, I found it a great tool once I started college. I rode the Houston city bus to my college classes when my car was in the shop or unavailable.

Buses and Travel

I also use public transportation when I travel. Buses are typically inexpensive to utlitize and far more interesting than a taxi ride.

I am shocked and amazed at the reluctance and fear others display when they find out I ride the Albuquerque bus or use buses when I travel.

It appears that many people living in the U.S. have never stepped foot on public transportation. With the constant rise in food and gas prices, it would seem we need more alternatives for slashing our monthly expenses. Riding the bus during the week is one way to save some dough and still live your life.

This lens is meant to be a general guide to riding a bus and designed to quell the fear you may have about public transportation.

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Where to Begin

Every City Schedule is Different

First, you need to know that every city bus schedule and fee structure is different. However, once you get comfortable riding your city bus, riding one elsewhere will be easy to accomplish.

Second, you need to know where your transportation center is and how the system is laid out. Some systems operate from a single, central location and others may have several central areas where the buses converge and cross paths. This is important information if you need to cut across town going north/south when coming from an east/west direction or vice versa, or if you need to change buses to travel in a straight line.

Third, you need to find your city's bus schedule and begin to study it. Most cities have bus schedules online. The information is usually offered in layers such as the route numbers and names on one page and a separate document that shows each individual stop on another.

Fourth, you need to find out what the trip fees are. In Albuquerque it's $2 for an all day pass (you can get on and off the bus all you want all day long with the magnetic encoded card the driver gives you) or $1 each way. You can also buy monthly passes, but unless you are riding everyday, four to five days a week, that is usually not a good way to spend your transportation money.

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Your Next Step

  • Begin noticing where the bus stops are on the route you need to take.
  • Plan your route. Know where you will get on the bus and where you will get off the bus and see what routes on your city bus schedule will take you to your destination.
  • Some city's have phone apps that will help you plan a route.

Myth #1

People on the bus are scary.

Busted: I have seen incredible acts of kindness take place on public transportation. People offer assistance on buses that people in cars don't ever offer.

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Here's How It Works

  1. Arrive at your designated bus stop five to ten minutes before the scheduled arrival.
  2. Have your correct change or bus pass ready.
  3. When the bus arrives, you will enter the bus at the door nearest the driver. Wait for all departing passengers to exit if they are leaving from the door you are entering from. Be aware that wheelchair or handicapped passengers are given exit or entrance priority. This may include the lowering of an automatic plank for easier access. In this case, let the bus driver tell you when to board.
  4. There will be a change post next to the driver. Say hello to the driver and place your money in the appropriate slots. If you have a bus pass, swipe the pass through the appropriate slot or show it to the driver, which ever is required and then take a seat. If you are buying a day pass, wait for the pass to get generated and then remove it from the machine and take your seat.
  5. If you are riding one way, place your money into the change post and take a seat.
  6. Take note of where the "stop button" is located. Stop buttons can be mounted on poles or may be in other forms such as a pull rope along the top of the windows or a bar along the lower window frame that you push.
  7. Watch the marquee and the scenery outside for your stop and push or pull the stop mechanism before your stop but after the last stop. Many buses have a digital marquee that sits above the driver at the front of the bus. The marquee shows the time, date and the next stop. It can also show that a stop has been requested. Drivers may also shout out (or use a microphone) to tell passengers what stop is ahead.
  8. Exit the bus at the stop you have requested once the bus comes to a complete stop and the doors open. Some buses require you to push on the doors after the green light above the door has come on.

A Handy Tool to Have

Not all bus stops have shelters and you will need to be prepared to protect yourself from rain, wind or sun.

I like the big umbrellas that keep you well covered in the rain. Try a reflective, flat umbrella for sun protection

The clear ones make it easier to keep track of whether the bus is headed your way.

What to Expect on the Bus

Bus drivers are at work which means they get breaks every hour and we wait for them to finish their break time. This all happens within a schedule that includes bus times so no worries.

If the driver is running late, they may speed the trip up a bit by going faster. If you feel you are in danger at anytime, call the city transportation contact phone number and report the driver. You will need the route number and the bus number (usually printed inside the bus near the marquee or on the exterior of the bus both front and back.)

Some bus drivers may pull over for a minute or two or wait longer at a stop--this is usually because they are ahead of schedule and need to slow down. If you are on a bus when this happens, just sit tight and wait, you won't be delayed.

Myth #2

You could get held up on the bus and your things could get stolen.

Busted: Most public transportation departments have undercover police in place to prevent this, and they train their drivers to manage crazy behavior. Plus, it's been my experience that crowd power stops abuse on buses in many cases.

Carry a Cleanable Tote

I suggest carrying totes and bags that close, are easy to clean and are inexpensive to replace.

The bus may look clean but you will be amazed at how quickly a tote or jacket can get dirty if you don't wash it once a week.

I have bus clothes I wear that I immediately remove when I get home.

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Photo courtesy of garageino.

Get Some Practice - Plan a simple trip

Now you are ready to choose a day during the week and plan a simple get off, eat at a restaurant and get back on the bus to go home trip.

Personally, I would take a day off during the week, when you don't have to go to work or your office, and ride the bus. Not on a weekend day but during the week so that you get a real idea about what that feels like. Then do an errand close by or have lunch and pickup a return bus to go home.

Here is what a "bus stop button" can look like - Take a look at the photo above.

You could even just get on the bus and ride it for a mile, get off and return home by crossing the street and picking up the bus going back toward home.

You will be amazed at how good you feel after doing this once. There is a sense of accomplishment and confidence that comes with a successful bus ride.

If You Don't Want to Talk to Anyone - Try one of these

You aren't obligated to have conversations but you will find there are people that are lonely or like to hear themselves and just can't stop talking.

An iPod or similar item can be a life saver!

Myth #3

The people on the bus are poor and dirty. Really, someone looked right at me and said this after they found out I rode the bus. I am neither, btw.

Busted: Sometimes they are. But I am not sure why that would deter you from riding the bus.

Tips and Things to Remember

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Photo courtesy of mzacha.

Tips for Riding the Bus

  • Bus drivers do not give change. Have the correct change ready (no pennies, btw!)
  • Check your usual schedule for changes periodically. Sometimes transportation schedules change and the riders don't know either because the rider doesn't bother to check or the bus company hasn't updated their information online. It happens. It has happened to me. Usually the time changes are five or ten minutes different from the previous which is no big deal but if you are catching cross town buses and making route changes it can delay you.
  • Read all the signs on the bus you ride. Route changes or holidays schedules are often posted there.
  • Be aware of where your bags and purse are at all times. Don't leave your things unattended with your back turned.
  • Don't feel obligated to visit with someone sitting next to you. A smile and a nod works just fine.
  • Let the driver know if there are problems at the back of the bus. They often cannot see what is going on when the bus is crowded.
  • Don't be afraid to ask people to move, politely, if you need to get through the aisle or out a door.
  • Don't be afraid to shout at the driver if the back door is not open and you need to exit. The common phrase is "Back door!" and a quick "Thank You" once the door opens.
  • Keep your bus pass somewhere safe. If you misplace a day pass or monthly pass, you have to buy another or pay for a return trip, again!

Do You Ride Public Transportation Regularly?

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      HomeDecorKnight 5 years ago

      Yes and very useful guideline.

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      Very useful Lens about Public Transportation!

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      Nightlife-Author 5 years ago

      great effort and nice innovative lens

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      Lawrence Hebb 5 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      A few interesting things here. I take the Bus regularly and I drive one! I see the hassle people have with parking in the city and I'm stunned that they don't make more use of the Bus. It probably leaves from just outside your house! In most major cities there's a stop every two hundred yards.

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      OneNewVoice 5 years ago

      No. But I have taken a bus before. It seemed okay to me.

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      daniela12 5 years ago

      I ride public transportation when i go to downtown or school.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      No, but if I lived in an urban area where parking was an issue I would take public transportation. I would also take public transportation if I had to drive the same route everyday. I work close to home and have children who need rides to activities so I drive my mini van. Even so, I thought this lense was thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks Smartchica.

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      itravel2004 lm 5 years ago

      Good article, I will put it into my lens

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      CoolFoto 5 years ago

      No. but, I did ride 2 city buses during high school in Detroit, But, I would not ride a city bus in Detroit today.

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      BorderCollie LM 5 years ago

      who knew there was so much science behind the bus! haha. Great lense

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I used to. When I saw this, I thought of Weird Al's, "Another one rides the bus." ha! Blessed.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      This is a great lens! I am so surprised that you found so much to talk about with this. I love public transportation and I wish it was the preferred way to travel. A good bus ride can be relaxing, and it allows you time to write: I wonder how many great novels were penned on buses. Smart cities, especially in Europe take advantage of the fact that bus riders can see their beautiful city, some even have double decker buses. Your lens is thorough and you skillfully work in your product recommendations. The only thing I would add is that if we believe in public transportation we should let our public officials know. One example in the Bay area is the use of carpool lanes - which are most of the time left empty because it is hard to organize a carpool. For the same money we could add a big stretch of the BART (subway) line -maybe connect Marin County to San Francisco. There was a bus line taken away from where I am because of cuts, and now it is inconvenient. Public transportation really works when the public is involved. Squid Angel Blessed. (PS - please delete my first comment, my mouse got a mind of its own.)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is great information. More people should know how to ride a bus. I used to use public transportation in Denver for work and to ride the light rail downtown to avoid parking hassles and fees. It's great!

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @sarasentor lm: Glad to help!

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @catspyjamas: I think so too. It's just a way to get from A to B and back. I feel less stressed too.

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      catspyjamas 5 years ago

      Great lens! I ride the bus daily. It's a cheaper and more eco friendly way of getting around. I often run into that same attitude of people criticizing riding the bus. I don't understand it. You can see more if you're not worried about traffic and the money you save is a nice bonus.

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      sarasentor lm 5 years ago

      Very Helpful guide for all those who never travel bus in USA or those who are ready to go in the USA.

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      goldnumbat 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips!

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      I used to.

      Any learned quickly to be at bus top a few minutes early.

      Wish Orlando has more sheltered bus stops.

      I does rain a lot in the summer.

      Thanks for sharing this lens.

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      I live in a rural area, so public transportation is not available here. I have heard all my life about the dangers of riding buses. Though I have used bus travel from state to state, I haven't used public transportation. This is a great lens, since it gives pointers to those of us who have not had this experience. Congrats of the purple star and LOTD. Blessings!

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @Titia: Yes, a country built on oil consumption doesn't necessarily support public transportation.

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      tintukm 5 years ago

      Interesting tips I must say.Wonderful writing too.

      Well if I do get a chance to ride a bus some day then I will give it a shot and not back down. The other tips are handy too.

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      thisisthis48 5 years ago

      haha cool :)

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      Yes! You just post a very useful Lens!

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      Titia Geertman 5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Funny to read a lens about how one should ride a bus. In my country (The Netherlands) the bus is the most commonly used way for transportation, especially in the big cities. Lots of people in those cities don't own a car but always travel by bus or train.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great and interesting lens, all the right information for someone like me who doesn't live close to transit, so it's good to read in case i need to use it without any experience, thanks for sharing and congrats on LotD

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      raelcalu 5 years ago

      well it is obviously different in your place..and looks nice with all the route and stops..hope we could adapt such style but I doubt it...traffic in Manila is terrible because of the buses.

      Thanks for the share.

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      EbooksFreeWeekl1 5 years ago

      When you are not in a hurry, It actually makes for an interesting trip. I recommend not driving so much and taking the bus if you get the time. Besides, knowing how to might be good contingency planning.

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @grannysage: Yes, they do get breaks here but only if they are meeting their schedule. I fthey show up five minutes into their break they only get the five minutes left of their break.

      Thanks for the comment grannysage.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD. I have used Public Transportation as needed although. I really prefer to ride my bicycle whenever am not driving or walking.

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      HealthNuts LM 5 years ago

      Nice lens and good tip about the ipod. I frequently rode the bus to campus and saved time and money not having to park.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Very seldom, but my stepson uses his monthly Metro pass in Los Angeles and gets all over the place. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      Great info and lens. Congratulations on your LotD and purple star.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      I am a small town girl who moved to the big city and had absolutely no idea how to ride a bus. I managed to get one a bus to the mall but then couldn't figure out which one to take back. I was terrified. I think the tips you gave would have been extremely helpful. I did become a veteran bus rider though, especially when we had no car. My husband also has driven a city bus and laughed when I mentioned drivers getting a break. Not so with the company he worked for. Very good lens deserving of LOTD.

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @ecogranny: Lol, I haven't come across that yet but it doesn't surprise me. I have, however, sat down next to an older tiny woman who listens to her iPod and dances in her seat. I got a couple of sharp jabs in the ribs and had to move another seat.

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      Paula7928 5 years ago

      We don't have good public transportation where I live (Michigan) but I have used buses when I travel and found it to be a good low cost form of transportation. Great lens. Congratulatios on LOTD!

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      Ashly Rain 5 years ago

      Used to when I lived closer to the in the burbs, it's all car. Congrats on LOTD.

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      Congrats on lens of the day!

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      Asher Socrates 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Fantastic Job! Congratulations on making lens of the day.. Asher

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Just about every day. I wish I'd seen this page before I moved to a city with public transportation. Excellent tips! I would add just one: Always check the seat before you sit down. Occasionally, a child with dirty pants, or a person with poor hygiene has left a little puddle. Can't tell you how many times I've seen that!

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @JohnTannahill: LotD is a great ride better than a bus ride for sure!

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I'm like Squidoo_For_You and found it strange that anyone would need a practical guide on how to use public transport. Obviously though, there is a need and you've done a great job here - congrats on Purple Star and LotD which I think are well deserved. Having LotD is a good ride - better than the average bus ride.

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      It's quite normal in the UK for people to take buses and other public transport so I was really surprised to read that people in the US might be afraid of it.

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @Squidoo For You: You are correct there are many people here that live in towns without public transportation or sometimes the transportation doesn't come into their neighborhoods. But even in cities where bus transportation is available there are people who are victims of the car culture and have not learned that riding the bus is quite normal for everyone--wealthy or not.

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      Chris 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Living here in the UK most people use public transport and it is very strange for me to read a guide on getting the bus. Here if you told someone you didn't know how to use a bus they would laugh at you! Even some of the richest bankers working in the center of London use the bus or train to get to work because of the traffic, petrol (gas) prices and parking charges. I guess because of geography of the USA some places you can only move around with a car or there aren't any buses. Congrats on LotD!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens, congrate for LOTD..very informative, thank you for sharing

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @anonymous: Great way to reduce your footprint Phillyfreeze.

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @pawpaw911: Glad to assist pawpaw.

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @anonymous: What a great story, Tipi. Thanks for the congrats.

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      SootheCity 5 years ago

      I frequently ride the bus, so this lens was extremely helpful. Thanks for the info!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Years ago, my sister told me that she didn't know about riding the city bus and the developmentally disabled adults she worked with trained her in on all the ropes of successful bus ridership. You seem to have covered every stop here, congratulations on LotD honors!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I used to ride a bus and subway car to get to work in Washington DC. Now I live in Pennsylvania. This was a very detailed and helpful lens. Good work.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      No, but I used to ride all the time when I was a kid. I had kinda forgot how it worked. Thanks for the refresher, and enjoy LOTD....congratulations.

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      Earnlat 5 years ago

      Great article! I don't ride the public transportation much anymore, but when I lived in NYC and Wash., DC it was my favorite form of transport. While riding alone in the car is sometimes more convenient, the great conversations with fellow commuters was always fun.

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      Stress-Master 5 years ago

      I used to a lot. Great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have been riding a bus for over a decade and our system has a call center and recently upgraded website for schedule and are information. I purchase a monthly pass for $50 and this pass can be used during regular bus operating hours 7 days a week and on weekends.

      Not only have I saved thousands of dollars over the years, this is my way "going green" and not leaving a carbon footprint!

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @anonymous: That umbrella is a welcome friend!

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      shevans lm 5 years ago

      I ride public transportation almost daily in King and Pierce Counties in Washington, and you are right on! Great idea for a lens.

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      Computersloth 5 years ago

      I used to ride the bus and every other transportation that was offered when I was stationed in Turkey. It was the best way to get around, and I found the people overly friendly.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes. I do on occasion. But my teen boys do regularly. They also take light rail to 16th street mall near Denver all the time. Always took bus in Mexico too. Great lens. I always forget my umbrella:D!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I did for a while, years ago, in Tucson, when it worked very well for me. Most often, I've not lived where it was available... ;-)

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @athomemomblog: WooHoo! Sounds like a fun ride as long as you aren't sitting next to the chickens, that could get a little messy and noisy. :-) Do they charge you to ride?

      I think the car culture has a lot to do with folks not understanding public transportation, especially in the mid and western U.S.

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      Genesis Davies 5 years ago from Guatemala

      Great lens! It surprises me that people wouldn't know how to use the bus, but I suppose if you grow up with a car, it makes sense. I live in Guatemala and we take chicken buses here. The protocol is a bit different, but it's kind of fun! You just wave a bus down wherever you are in the street and climb aboard. They can fit up to 150 people in a bus meant for 60. :)

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      KittySmith 5 years ago

      LotD is well deserved! I think it is brilliant of you to make this lens. My daughter had to use buses to get to work last year when she visited me for the summer. Although I used Public Transpotation before, I have never rode the buses in my home area. Your tips are right on with what she had told me about using the bus system. I thin the best tip is to do a "fun run" first, that way, if you make a mistake, it won't cause a problem.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Not regularly as there is poor public transportation where I live now. But I don't mind a bus. I do it in other cities and other countries. I wish there was more public transportation.

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Very rarely do I use public transportation. It just takes too long to get around in my part of the city. A 15 to 20 minute car ride would take me over an hour. If I lived along the coastal strip where they run more frequently then I might, but out where I am the buses are useless. While in the USA recently I did catch a public bus a few times with my family back to my hotel. It saved paying huge fees to park our rental car while out for the day. The bus was so cheap and very convenient. Perfectly safe too. Congrats on LOTD.

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @anonymous: I bet he can tell some stories. I have watched people pull all kinds of shenanigans to get a free ride, lol.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @MJ Martin: Thanks for teaching your kids to ride the bus.

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @anonymous: You are welcome.

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @cashberta: It really isn't scary, at all.

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks Susan.

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @Heidi Vincent: Thanks!

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @poldepc lm: Thanks!

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @mhiweb: Thanks!

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      mhiweb 5 years ago

      Congrats for being LOTD.

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      congrats on yr LOTD

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations on winning the Lens of The Day (LOTD)!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I rode the bus all the time as a kid and have done so as an adult when my car was in the shop. I've never had a problem on the bus. My husband is a bus driver, though, and some of the stories he tells. . .All in all, riding the bus is safe. Many, many people do it, not just the poor people.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I grew up riding the old "46" bus then the "W" bus in Philadelphia, Never really had any problems with it. Congratulations on getting LoTD!

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      riding a bus is so much "fun" where I live:)

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I grew up riding the bus and didn't own a car until I was into my 20s. Great tips here! Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      GirlHarleyWriter 5 years ago

      I was in a position a few years ago where I didn't have a car and had to use the bus system. It's really not bad if you live in an area where they run frequently. My teenage son and I used it for about a year. We met some unique people, saved a ton of money and reduced our carbon footprint. At that point, a day pass in our area was $1.50 and you could ride all that you wanted.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I rode the public bus to school a lot when I was growing up. It was also my transportation to shopping and the movies when my parents were at work in the summer. I haven't been on a bus (except at airports or private tours) in a long time.

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      cashberta 5 years ago

      I like your lens. Riding a bus is not that scary.

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      Where I live now, you really need a car to get around, but in the big cities I've lived in, a car was a liability and public transportation was the way to go. My favorite commuter bus was the double-decker I took to work in London, but I've ridden subways lots of places, too.

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      I don't take the public trans, but I grew up taking the school bus! Thanks for this really informative lens.

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      TK2012 LM 5 years ago

      What an interesting idea for a lens, great job! These are some really helpful tips.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Informative and amusing- thank you for making me smile :-)

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      I recently gave up driving - too much impact on environment, money etc - happy to ride the bus

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

      I too rode school buses, for 10 of the 12 years. When I lived and worked in the cities, buses where my transportation. When I moved to a new place, I took the bus to find my way around my new neighborhood. Alas, I don't travel buses as much anymore. But I love them, glad they are there, know how to use them, and taught my kids to. Wonderful lens. I love all your detail, and instruction. Congratulations on LOTD! Riding the buses even saved my life a couple of times. I, like you, find it a wonderful way to go.

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      treehousebrando1 5 years ago

      Interesting. I never road a public bus, only a school bus.

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @Dressage Husband: Nice to know it triggered some good memories. I agree, the best way to see the UK is on the double deckers, I enthusiastically rode those in Scotland not too long ago.

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      Matie 5 years ago

      Bus and public transportation is highly underrated :) Beautiful and accurate lens

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I went to school by public bus everyday for 7 years. but have not used them since. Your lens brought back memories, and this is one of the best ways to see London (UK) if anyone ever visits. Particularly the top floor of the double deckers!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Some good advice and suggestions. I have riden the bus system, and this is helpful for those who may need to do it on a regular basis.

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @robertzimmerman2: Sometimes the bus is not the best way to get around, especially when you have things to haul or some folks really can't handle the "togetherness" of a bus ride.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @l-may: That's exactly why I wrote it L-May. I don't like not understanding the basics of something and try to learn as much as I can before trying something new.