Take the Bus

If you are in an area with convenient bus service, taking the bus can’t be beat.  It is generally one of the lowest cost forms of transportation - a benefit to any budget.  It can also significantly lower your climate emissions, by 80% or more, over driving a car.

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Annual Savings
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Energy and water savings

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  • Save money on car fuel and maintenance
  • Reduce congestion on the road
  • Reduce carbon emissions and air pollution

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Overview

The Action
I (or we) will take the bus and reduce our driving miles.
Is this action for me?
If you drive a vehicle, this action is for you!
When and Who?
This action can be done anytime by anyone.
How long will it take?
Quick - it's easy to check schedules and get started!
What is the cost?
around $1-3 per trip depending on your local routes and fares.

Benefits

  • Save money on car fuel and maintenance

  • Reduce congestion on the road

  • Reduce carbon emissions and air pollution

Resources

Programs

Find Carpool & Rideshare Programs with 511

Information

Find out about shuttle services for seniors and people with disabilities.

View a list of Public Transit options in San Leandro.

Bay Area clean air commute options brought to you by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District

The Basics

Good bus service does not exist in many areas, but this is changing. More and more companies are offering bus service to employees for commuting, and many communities are looking to expand bus service as part of sustainability plans. Check out the bus service options in your community and consider taking the bus!

Checklist

Plan your route
Arrive early
Get an app and check on delays
Get a bus pass
Bring a book, headphones or just relax

Check schedules and plan ahead

The first step - check out the bus routes and figure out which one will get you where you need to go.  There may be only one bus service in your community, or there may be multiple services.  You can generally find the bus schedule online or at any bus stop.  Sometimes the information is also available on a smartphone app, including alerts for delays and real time arrival times.

In addition to pickup times, check for destination times to make sure you will arrive when needed.  If the bus stop is not within walking distance, taking a bike to the bus stop is an option.  Most buses accommodate passengers with bikes.  You might have to place your bike on a rack.  Using the bike rack can be tricky; check the website for more information on how to use the bus rack before your trip.

Most buses also accommodate disabled riders and wheelchairs. Check with the bus company for more information on how to use this service.  Finally, check on the fares.  If you are only taking the bus occasionally, you will probably want to pay for each ride.  In this case, check to make sure you have the correct change.  If you will be riding regularly, the best investment is a bus pass!

Get a bus pass

If you plan to ride the bus often, getting a bus pass can save a lot of money.  This is also much more convenient and saves time scrambling for change or being caught without the right fare.  Many companies will pay for bus passes for employees, and many bus passes also give discounts for the elderly or disabled.  Check your pass for other options -- it might work with other local public transport systems as well.

On the bus

Before you board the bus, check the sign on the bus to make sure you are getting on the right bus.  Once you are on the bus, keep watch to make sure you know where you are and don’t miss your stop.  If you’re not sure, don’t be afraid to ask the bus driver or other passengers for help identifying your stop.

Usually there is a cord to pull or button to push to request a stop.  Push this early enough to give the driver time to stop.  Keep your belongings close to you to make sure you don’t forget them or have them picked up by other riders.  If you like to listen to music on the bus, think about keeping one earbud in and one out so you can hear any directions from the bus driver in case of an emergency.

Relax, read a book and enjoy the ride!

Taking the bus has other perks - time to catch up on reading a good book, extra time to check your email or just time to relax and listen to some music.  Just think of all the things you could do with the extra time and the peace of not dealing with traffic.  And, it makes a difference.  Studies estimate that if public transportation services were cancelled nationwide and people rode in private vehicles instead, urban areas would have suffered an additional 541 million hours of delay and consumed 340 million more gallons of fuel in 2005.  Enjoy the ride and know you are not only saving money and time, but helping to protect our future!