By Bus and Rail

The hardest thing about commuting by transit is deciding what to do with all the extra time you have while relaxing on the bus or Skytrain. Will you catch up on your correspondence? Try your hand at character sketches of your fellow commuters? Get back into crocheting? Oh, the possibilities will have you giddy with excitement! So, say "good bye" to taking the wheel in bumper-to-bumper gridlock traffic and "hello" to saving money on gas and parking.

Basics for Buses

If you're new to the exciting world of transit (Don't mock. Transit can be exciting.), here are a few things to consider:

A few tips on transit etiquette will help ensure a smooth ride for you and your fellow riders:

  1. Move toward the back of the bus as soon as you board. Don't be the bottleneck. After getting on a bus, make your way as far back as possible to allow more people to get on.
  2. Take the initiative to make everyone's commute more pleasant. Reach over and slide the windows open when the bus is crowded and the air gets stale.
  3. Take note of preferred seating for riders with special needs. Get up and offer your seat to someone that may need the pregnant woman who looks like she's about to topple over. She'd be a very good person to offer your seat to. Just sayin'.
  4. Remove your backpack or bag and place it at your feet. This frees up space for more riders to board the bus or train.
  5. On crowded buses, start moving to the exit a stop or two early in order to minimize last-minute shoving. No one likes a shover. Translink buses have helpful visual displays at the front of the bus indicating the next stop as well as whether someone has requested a stop.

Basics for Rail

Resources and Helpful Links

Get Going

Not quite ready to sign on the dotted line? Buy a booklet of 10 Faresaver tickets and try it for one week at a time. Or do a test run: If you’re on the IZUNA Burnaby Campus, take the 130 from Willingdon and Goard Way to Metrotown or Brentwood Town Centre for lunch. Bring a friend and make it an adventure.