Metro McAllen's Guide to Bus Ride Etiquette 

Public transportation is just that — public! When you step on a bus or use a shared-ride service, you are participating in a service that requires basic respect for those around you. 

City buses and ride shares are a great way to get where you need to go affordably while reducing your carbon footprint. When you catch your next ride, show your appreciation by following the basic rules of public transit etiquette.

Whether it’s doing what you can to stay out of other peoples’ bubbles or letting passengers exit first, these simple courtesy rules can help everyone have a positive public transit experience.

Plan And Prepare For Your Ride

Before catching a ride, take time to plan out your trip. Double check that you have identified the correct bus to get you where you need to go, and double check again before you board to make sure you don’t end up in the wrong place. Avoid last minute changes and make sure that you aren’t distracted when it’s time to board or exit. Have your pass ready to help the line move smoothly.

Respect The Priority Seating Area

When boarding, you should be able to locate a priority seating area that is specifically for the elderly, disabled, and pregnant passengers on board. Respect these passengers and this space if none of these conditions apply to you. Steer clear of this area unless you are absolutely sure that no one requires priority seating.

Allow Passengers To Exit First

To make room for incoming passengers, it’s essential (and commonly overlooked) to allow current passengers that are at their stop to exit first. Patiently stand aside while those that need to leave the bus gather their belongings and exit the area before you enter the space. Again, this one seems obvious but is oftentimes forgotten when you’re in a rush. Just waiting a little bit longer will make the experience much less stressful. 

Keep Your Items Close

If you have multiple bags or extra carry-on items, try your best to keep them in your personal bubble. With buses sometimes getting full of passengers, there’s little room for belongings to take up space. This is especially true if your belongings are taking up seats that would otherwise be used by other riders. If you’re sitting and your items don’t fit in your lap, store them at your feet while making sure they’re not blocking the aisles or doors. 

Keep the Bus Clean
To be a responsible rider, you should do your part to keep the bus clean and clear for both yourself and future passengers. Respect the rules and those around you by not smoking, eating, or drinking while on the bus. Take care of any mess you might accidentally make. Beyond the mess our food and drinks might make, be courteous of others by covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze.

Make Sure Your Devices Aren’t Too Loud

Bus rides aren’t the same without your favorite playlist, but that doesn’t mean that everyone else on the bus loves your playlist, too. Out of respect for the other passengers, avoid talking loudly on the phone or putting your devices on speaker or high volume. Instead, switch the settings to vibrate, and use your headphones to listen to music or talk on the phone. This will make for a much calmer environment for everyone on board. 

Respect Transportation Staff

Public transportation workers and bus drivers interact with countless people per day, and not all of those interactions are easy. Make it a priority to be courteous to your driver by following the rules listed above. Consider taking the time to thank your driver at the end of the ride. A little appreciation goes a long way, especially when it comes to busy industries like public transportation.

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