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How Can I Safely Use Public Transportation?

Public transportation is a convenience to some, a way to get from point A to point B without having to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle dealing with the tedious aggravation of traffic. Other folks utilize public transportation because they have to. On a public transportation trip, you will encounter all different people, all just trying to get to their destination. While hoping on a bus and getting off may seem pretty easy, there are some things you should keep in mind and ways you can prepare for your bus ride.

Know Where You’re Going

Depending on what city you’re in, you may be able to take just one bus (or train or subway) to get to where you are going. Familiarize yourself with where you’re going. If you have to get off on a stop to connect with another ride, make sure you are in a well-lit area waiting on your next leg of your commute. Most cities have websites for their public transportation where you can put in your starting location and your destination and it will map your trip for you. If you are fully dependent on public transportation, pay attention to the local news every morning in case of logistical problems with the buses.

Avoid Overly Crowded Buses

Often times buses can get overcrowded, especially if it’s during peak commuting hours. While it can be tempting to just go ahead and get on the bus that’s already full of people, you should wait for the next bus. Overcrowding is easier for thieves to take advantage of. Buses that are full of people are also at risk for injuries. People can get pushed and shoved while commuters are getting on and off. The majority of the responsibility for crowd control lies with the driver, as overcrowding and then crashing can result in some pretty devastating injuries. However, you can take it upon yourself to plan your route well before you need to be at your destination, so you can take a different bus if need be.

Adjustments

It is up to drivers (first and foremost) to show proof to their superiors how crowded routes are. Routes should be changing with population shifts. Demographics need to be evaluated yearly. Some routes need to go into areas hourly, busier routes every 30 minutes with the busiest territories of the city seeing a bus come through every 15 minutes during the height of traffic.Public transportation is responsible for your physical safety. They are responsible to create a space where you can get to and from your destination promptly. A person should never have to call into work because there was no room on the bus to get them there.

Public transportation is a necessity for some, and if this is you, take the time to plan for your safety during your ride and be sure that you are optimizing the logistics offered by your transit system to plan your trip.

Now that you’ve mastered public transportation, check out some upcoming IFCS events or learn more about community programs and services.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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