First-Time Users Guide

Ride Guide
Riding is stress-free and enjoyable when you know bus basics. Check out these tips for new riders!

Step 1: Get Connected with Bus Information
Local transit agencies have their routes online or have a customer service representative who can help you find the bus you need. Pierce Transit offers an online Trip Planner. You can also call (253) 581-8000 for Pierce Transit information.

Step 2: Head to the Bus Stop
Head to the bus stop. Not sure where to find the nearest stop? As long as you have an address, the Trip Planner will help you find it. You can even specify how far you’re willing to walk or bicycle.

Did you know most park and rides lots also have bike lockers and bike racks? Or you can load your bike on the front of the bus, and use it again when you get off. Consider linking your commute, by using multiple smart options. 

Step 3 Board the Bus
As a bus approaches, stand by the bus stop pole. Check the sign on the bus to be sure it is the one you want. If it is your bus, kindly signal to the operator that you want to board. If not, wave it by.  

Step 4: Pay Your Fare
Have exact fare or a bus pass ready when you board – remember, the bus driver does not carry change. The new ORCA Card (One Regional Card for All) makes using buses throughout the Puget Sound area a breeze.

Step 5: Arrive at Your Destination

Getting-on-and-off-the-bus_Pull-stop-cordPush the strip or pull the cord to let the driver know that you want to get off the bus about one block before you reach your stop. If you’re not sure when to pull the cord or aren’t familiar with the stop you’re headed to, let the driver know in advance where you’d like to get off.  

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Prepared by Pierce Transit, this guide will help you plan for, pay and ride your next bus.