Task: How To Ride the Bus in Kansas City
- Identify your current location and also the address of where you want to go.
- Search for the appropriate route and what bus stop to get off at.
- Note: You may have to transfer to another bus at some point, depending on the location. If this is so, remember to ask the bus driver for a transfer card. A transfer card is free, and allows you to go on another bus free of charge for two hours.
- Find the bus schedule and times
- Note: Plan to arrive at the bus stop 5-10 minutes earlier than the bus' arrival time because sometimes the bus is ahead of schedule.
- Steps 2 and 3 can be easily done with Google Maps:
- Go to Google.com/Maps
- Input your starting and desired location
- Click on Directions, and then click on the icon that looks like a bus. This should tell you what bus to get on, where to get off, and the estimated amount of time it will take. To learn more about certain routes in-depth, go to http://www.kcata.org/maps_schedules. All this information is also available at each Max bus stop.
- Prepare the appropriate amount of money for the fare, there and back.
- Note: Regular fare is usually $1.50. However, it is also $3.00 for certain bus services. There is also reduced fare ($0.75) for students from 12-18, for the elderly over 65 years old, and for people with disabilities. Check kcata.org for the appropriate amount for you.
- Walk to the appropriate bus stop. Make sure you allot 5-10 extra minutes in case the bus is ahead of schedule. Also make sure you are at the correct side of the street because the bus route often goes in both directions.
- Note: If you have a bike, you may attach the bike to the front of the bus. Make sure to tell the bus driver this before you board.
- Note: If you miss the bus, know that another one comes every 9-30 minutes depending on the day and time.
- Watch for the bus and its route number/name and take out your card or money to pay.
- Note: Sometimes multiple buses of different route numbers and services may stop at the same bus stop. Make sure to stand up as the desired bus nears the stop in order to signal to the bus driver that you are getting on that particular bus.
- If there are many people getting on the bus, wait in line
- Note: People inside may exit where people are entering. Let the people inside come out first before stepping into the bus.
- Insert card or cash into the machine.
- Note: The bus driver does not carry change. You may use a $20 bill, but the change will be given in the form of a card that works like a debit card.
- Find a seat and sit down.
- Note: The front seats are usually reserved for the handicapped and people with disabilities. If all the other seats in the bus are full, it is okay to sit in these seats. Know that you are obligated to get up and give up your seat in the front
- Before reaching your destination, signal to the bus driver to stop
- You can do this by either pulling the cord along the windows, pushing the button near the back exit doorway that says "Stop," or asking the driver personally to let you off at a certain stop.
- Walk the rest of the way from the bus stop to the desired location.
- Benefits for riding bus (very brief)
- Introduce necessary resources to have on-hand
- bus routes/schedules
- correct fare
- Walk through of the instructions, step by step, with examples
- Tips will intercept the video at appropriate times
- Arrive at destination
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