In Los Angeles, riding the bus has a negative social stigma to it. That's because a lot of people in LA are shallow and go about with too much mousse in their hair. The bus is the best form of public transportation that LA has. (Our subway goes, like, two places.) Riding the bus can be a pleasant way to avoid driving in hectic LA traffic, and it can be a way to save money and cut down on carbon emissions anywhere. Less carbon emissions lead to reduced smog and reduced climate change. Here are some tips.
1. Bring a Book
You don't have to drive. Use your commute time to learn about France, the economy or the dubious adventures of Abner Snopes.
2. Get to the Bus Stop Early
The buses run on a strict schedule, and if they were to stop for every lackadaisical lollygagger the buses would get nowhere. Arrive early or you will be late.
3. Be Mindful of the Handicapped Seats
The elderly and the physically challenged need those seats. If you sit in one of these seats, be prepared to give it up as soon as someone who really needs it boards.
4. Have Correct Change
Bus drivers aren't running a charity. They won't break a twenty and they won't loan you a quarter. Bus companies are having a heck of a time staying in business with rising gas prices and low commuter turnout. Give the bus company a break and bring correct change.
5. Plan Your Route
If you have to switch buses, figure out your bus route from home. Use the internet. The bus drivers may not be knowledgeable of other routes. Also, if you travel far enough you might even switch bus companies.