5 Tips for Using the Metro Bus

By Katie Cummins on October 7, 2015

1) Move to the back!

This one may seem like a no-brainer to you, but you don’t realize how many people don’t this! I know moving to the back of the bus sucks, and it gets more cramped when you’re standing shoulder to shoulder with someone else. But you won’t be on the bus for very long, and I promise you that the people who are able to get on because you moved back will be immensely grateful.If you leave a lot of space between you and the person in front or in back of you, it doesn’t allow for many new people to get on the bus, and for some people this is the only way home! Some buses do not come by as regularly as others, so it is especially important for these people to be able to get home in a timely manner.

 2) Give up your seat for an elderly or disabled person

This is also one of those tips that seems like it should be pretty self-explanatory, there’s even a sign that tells you this as you get on the bus! Unfortunately, I still see people not giving up their seats to the elderly, disabled, or pregnant. You may be tired, but these are the people that the seats were meant for. So please be courteous and give up your seat as directed. Even if you are not in the seats that are labeled as ones meant for the people previously mentioned, you should still give up your seat if you see someone more in need of it than you.

 3) Don’t take up two seats when you don’t have to

Seriously people, there’s enough room for everyone! Or at least a lot more people when you don’t take up an extra seat for your bag. It’s fine when there’s nobody on the bus, but when people need to sit down and you have lots of bags either put them on your lap or the floor.

 4) Wait to get on the bus until everybody that needs to get off has gotten off

I know we’re all in a rush to go somewhere, and some of us accidentally sleep in and come late to class. But letting the people on the bus get off first before we board is super important. Not only does it make getting on the bus faster, since you don’t have to move against the flow of traffic, but it’ll make things a lot easier and safer for the people getting off and the bus driver.

 5) Thank the bus driver!

This one may be the last on the list, but that by no means makes it the least important. The bus drivers work hard to get you to where you need to go, and more often than not they will stop for you if you’re running for the bus or give you a pass if you forget your ID. The least you can do is thank them for driving you around. It literally will take three seconds out of you day; even if you’re late for class you can still say it as you’re getting off of the bus. The bus driver will appreciate it, and hopefully others will see you as an example and start doing it as well!



By Katie Cummins

Uloop Writer
My name is Katie and I am a senior at UCSC. I am majoring in creative writing and hope to be a technical writer and an author after I graduate. I love to play the guitar and read as well as binge watch shows on Netflix and pet cats.

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