How to Use Public Transportation

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we're never gonna make it on time before YouTube it's guys oh yes we will that's because we're fast reliable public transportation oh okay whew that's a relief according to the American public transportation Association Americans took ten point four billion trips on public transportation in 2016 but if you've never relied on a bus subway or train or ferry to get you around it might seem kind of daunting so sit back and we'll take you on a high-speed chase to learn a few things you should know before trying to take public transportation for the first time every time I'm in a new city I get so freaked out by trying to get on the bus makes me extremely nervous okay I hope that this helps me number one routes and schedules in most industrialized countries public transportation runs on established routes and set schedules routes might be designated by numbers like bus number one or colors like the blue train each route will typically follow a set schedule that might change according to the time of day for instance some buses and trains might run more often during peak commuter hours in the morning and evening it may surprise you to learn that you have to know the schedule to get where you're going on time this makes a certain amount of sense it's your responsibility to get to the bus stop or train station a few minutes before it's scheduled to depart machines breakdown weather can be bad sometimes people are late it happens the thing about schedules is that you need to be on time even if the bus isn't number to learn the schedules and the routes in the dark days before smart phones you usually had to rely on printed signs and fold out paper maps to figure out what the bus schedule was gonna be these days most transit systems offer some kind of smartphone app unique to the area that will let you plug in your current location and your destination to show you the routes and schedules instantaneously smartphone apps also often send out alerts letting you know if there's been an accident and your bus will be late these alerts will always be 100% reliable because well technology but it's better than nothing even if your transit system doesn't have its own app bigger apps like Google Maps embark or traveler will probably cover the basics you can also look up the timetables on the website before you leave or do it the old-fashioned paper map way find your destination on the map figure out what line runs closest to it trace it back to the stop that's closest to you you may need to transfer lines at a transfer station or a shared stop in the middle and then check the arrival and departure times for each line you're taking number three get on the bus or train or ferry so of course you need to figure out where the stop is if you're in a busy city with a big transit system this can be confusing take a minute to consider which direction the bus you're taking is going and what side of the street that would be on that's an important tip I've made this mistake sometimes the stop you want isn't across the street from the one that's going in the opposite direction because of the way streets are laid out so try to look around a bit to see if there's a stop further up the way keep in mind that your stop might be inside of a building or underground as well it helps to double-check Google Maps or your transit app or a paper map to make sure that you're in the correct spot oh and make sure you're getting onto the correct bus or train sometimes one stop will be used by multiple lines so it can be easy to accidentally get into the wrong vehicle finally if you're super stuck it's okay to ask a friendly passerby or transit employee if they can point you in the right direction – which reminds me number four ask for help if you're confused plenty of transit systems have information booths at their transit centers where employees can show you the ropes or if you're just out somewhere waiting for a bus or train you might be able to approach a friendly singing passenger or transit employee and ask them how to get where you're going keep in mind it's not polite to hold up the bus driver for 10 minutes asking for detailed directions but it is a pretty normal part of transit to check with other people if you're not sure where you're going everyone had to learn the system at some point and if you ask politely chances are someone can help you out number five pay for your ride depending on where you are your transit system may need exact change for your ride which of course means you need to look up ahead of time and see how much the fares gonna be a lot of transit systems though have ticket booths or machines where you can use a card to buy your fare or get a rechargeable card or pass it's worth it to see if the system offers daily weekly or monthly unlimited ride passes they're usually a good deal number six other passengers and the thing about public transportation is that there's a good chance that you will be surrounded by a lot of people and you won't have all that much control over who you're sharing the space with the vast majority of people taking public transit are like you trying to get somewhere without a hassle but you can expect the occasional intrusive person or overly chatty stranger if you'd like to get where you're going without interacting with strangers that's okay your best defense is to wear headphones or earbuds and bring something to do like reading a book or watching a video on your phone unfortunately that doesn't mean that some people won't still try to invade your space and not awesome ways harassment is unfortunately commonly reported on many mass transit systems if someone's making you feel uncomfortable you can get up move to another seat and try to engage with a friendly bystander to help defuse the situation or distract the harasser you can also report the incident to the Transit Authority itself which helps organizations understand the extent of the problem and take steps to protect riders some organizations including the MTA in New York and the LA County Metro have forms on their websites where you can report incidents number 7 be polite to other passengers public transit might force you to sit or stand closer to strangers than you would like but it's part of the reason that transit systems are more affordable than taking a personal car when you're using public transport keep your hands knees and belongings to yourself avoid the man spread sometimes you'll get on the train and there'll be lots of seats and just put your bag on the seat next to you and then a few stops later suddenly there aren't a lot of seats take your bag off the seat says somebody can sit there I hate that people do that try to avoid having loud phone conversations listening to music without headphones eating smelling food or using strongly scented body products – you might love your tuna-melt cologne but that doesn't mean everyone else does number eight once you have reached your destination exit at your stop there will usually be signage or a map posted in the vehicle so follow along and keep track of where you are as you're moving some transit systems automatically stop at every stop others expect you to pull a little cord to let the driver know that you need to get off at that stop so they don't have to stop at a stop if nobody's gonna get off so figure out which one of those you are on otherwise the driver might just blow right past you stop as a side note if you're pulling a cord the bus you're on won't usually stop immediately it will have to find a suitable place to stop which may be up a few blocks from where you pulled the cord and some systems like fairies will announce on the loudspeakers when you've reached your destination which I assume is usually when you get to the land I I don't know a lot about fairies but congratulations you've made it to your destination if you've got tips on how to use public transportation leave them in the comments below and if you want to learn more about how to navigate being an adult in our modern world with Rachel and I subscribe to our channel at youtube.com slash learn how to adult like we're never gonna make it on time before YouTube explodes did stopped public say like a really cool though Americans took ten point four billion trips one time I asked for help at the DC Airport and the guy looked at me and said do I look like I work here oh no I thought he was just a guy like I was just asking a guy where the taxis were as a sign know if you're


33 Comments

Basic PokeBall · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Nice Video!

David Huber · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

In the United States (OK worldwide also applies) some systems are far less reliable than others. You can do well on systems in Boston, NYC, DC., Chicago, Atlanta., Los Angeles etc.. Even cities like Pittsburgh, Dallas, Minneapolis and Seattle have very good systems. Birmingham, Tampa, maybe not so much. Every city spends varying amounts on public transit. It is all a matter of demographics and priorities. I have lived/visited many places where it is sometimes far more advantegous to have a car. Overall Europe has far better public transit systems. I am not being critical of either. I love being on the open highway in my RAM Truck. Being stuck in traffic in that same comfortable ride during peak traffic…not so much. Thankfully I work second shift.

Kruizey · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

"avoid the manspread" guys manspread because they have balls I'ma girl btw

Reynaldo Acosta · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

My pet peeve as a motorized wheelchair user is that able-bodied people rush to get on the bus before the driver has a chance to deploy the ramp. The rules are to allow wheelchair users to board first, followed by users of other mobility assistive devices, such as canes and walkers, followed by those without these devices but who obviously have difficulties with walking. People who fit into these categories will likely need those front seats that are reserved for them.

Also, if you are able-bodied you need to exit through the rear door and let those with disabilities exit through the front doors.

Next, do not get on a bus if you're obviously intoxicated, or with any open containers of alcoholic beverages. Driver reserves the right to kick you off the bus, deny your boarding, and even ban you from ever riding their transit system from that point.

Another pet peeve is that when a passenger gets on a bus they should have their fare and/or their proper ID cards (those which justify their discount fares or free trip on the bus), or their transfers or multiple-ride passes ready. Quite often I see passengers who get on and then try to reach into their pockets, wallets or coin purse to dig out their fare or other payment mechanisms, causing unnecessary delay. Today's fair boxes have great technology which readily processes cash and fare cards seamlessly. Also, plan your trip carefully and in advance!

Finally, don`t use the bus system if you have bulky packages. The bus is not a truck and needs every space it has for sitting and standing passengers!

Matthew Jones · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

1. Board the bus, but don't pay. 2. Sit in the back like a cool kid 3. Play music out load

MsGJC07 · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

The hardest part about public transportation IMO is payment. Do they take cash only? Do I need to buy a transit card? Or a ticket? How do I buy a transit card? How much money should I put on my transit card? Will every bus I take this week accept the same transit card?

Christina Jackson · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Anyone else ride the public bus to school?

fenrirdies · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Manspread…done here

kam jeving · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

how bout be informative try not being funny your humor doesnt humor me

Andrew Poderis · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Number 5 is hard for people in philly lol. Oh boy the septa stories I hear

Halah B · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Transit app ftw

ordinary Oddball · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

"We're on fast, reliable, public transportation"
I've never been on a slower or less reliable method of getting from point A to point B than the bus system in my city.

Kevin DeLuna · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

So yes you have to develop some skills here

stecky87 · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

HAHAHAHAHA I don't know where YOU live, but public transport where I live is neither fast nor reliable

Katrina Eames · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Please let people get off of the bus/train/whatever before you get on

Racheli Levine · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

a great app for planning trips on public transportation: Moovit. works in MANY countries,. Also very user-friendly.

milkerfish · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

CityMapper is also a gr8 app

timmy 900 · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

this is very helpful thanks

timmy 900 · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

this is very helpful thank we

Wiseman · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

How to open tuna cans next.

awesomage1 · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

"Fast, reliable public transport" is something of an oxymoron where I live. One day Auckland Transport will become competent, but until then I guess I'll just stick with riding my bike :/

Winterkind0105 · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Not sure if a tip or just me ranting about pet peeves but
If you get off the next stop or maybe within the next three stops, let other passengers board first when it's crowded so you don't have to fight your way back out right away…

cadmium-ores · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

oh the CORD, jeez. I never knew about that when I first started public transiting and I saw it next to me and was internally panicking like DO I HAVE TO PULL THAT. DO I HAVE TO PULL THAT CORD. but then LUCKILY someone else was stopping at the same stop. xD

Archangelcleo · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

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Tal Sheynkman · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Are there seriously people who have made it all the way to adulthood without using public transport at least a few hundred times? What kind of backwoods wasteland do you have to live in that buses don't even go there? I'm blown away.
I mean, when you grow up and get your own car, then sure, but I'm sure most of us don't get driven around EVERYWHERE by our parents or whoever for like 20 years?

cowboy武士 · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Hello, I need a guide for being well literate, i mean im literate but i want to be some what professional level by self studing. I want to master writing, reading, novel writing. I will tell u my plan but itll be nice if u guys guide me if u can, my plan: reading lot of books, writing myself, perfecting my grammar, and building vocabulary. Thank you.

Paulee Monx · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

In Akureyri, Iceland, the local bus system can be used free of charge by anyone 🎉

Joe Previdi · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

There's another great app called Transit which works in many major cities including NYC, Philly, and Chicago! It is easy to use and has good live updates

Riss Y · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Be aware of elderly or disabled passengers! Usually transit systems have dedicated seats for them so don't sit in those, or if you are you should be ready to give up your seat if someone elderly or disabled comes by. Also if someone doesn't appear disabled and they are sitting in those seats, I would not hassle them about it as they could have a invisible disability.

crowlovescore · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

street cares can also have a speaker system where you can inform the driver of an incident happening exspecailly if you are underground and have no service and someone is telling you they would like to eat you after they pinched you

leafgreen92 · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Yes, finally this video topic! I don’t use public transportation but have felt weary about it ever since I had to use it on a trip to New York and failed to navigate correctly even once. (Had to rely on my group)

aytas23 · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

This is all well and good for more developed countries…but what about smaller, less developed nations like those of us in the Caribbean…public transport is VERY different here…no bus system smartphone apps either…

Kathryn Trojanowski · May 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

I like to track my bus ride on the GPS on Google maps if I'm going somewhere new to ensure I don't accidentally miss my stop

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