How to Ride BC Transit

 

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How do I know which bus I need?

  • See the system map, and the find potential routes near your starting point and destination. 
  • Bus routes are identified by number and name. Each bus route has a published schedule showing a detailed map and times of service. 
  • If the route numbers for your starting point and destination are the same, you have a direct route on one bus. If the numbers are not the same, you will have to transfer to another bus to complete your trip.  
  • Get the bus schedules you need to find specific route information.  

How do I read the bus schedule?

 1) Map your route:How to Read

  • Look at the bus schedule map first.  Find where you will begin and end your trip. 
  • The heavy black line on the bus schedule is the bus route.  Bus stops are typically found where you see side streets.  Block letters are time-point markers:  They match the letters in the time table and show you when and where the bus departs these locations along the route.
  • Trace your route. If you see the letters are going in alphabetical order (A, B, C) your direction is outbound. If the letters are going in reverse alphabetical order (C, B, A), your direction is inbound.

2) Look at the timetable:

  • Choose Monday-Friday, Saturday or Sunday service.
  • Most timetables are divided between outbound and inbound.  Remember your direction. (A,B,C for outbound, C,B,A for inbound).  
  • Time-point markers (A, B, C) are found in the column heading and show you times the bus leaves at certain points along the route.  Time-point markers are shown on the map.
  • If you need to arrive at your destination at a certain time, start with your destination arrival time, and work your way back in reverse order to your starting point.  

Am I going inbound or outbound?

Trace your route. If you see the letters are going in alphabetical order (A, B, C), you are going outbound. If you see the letters going in reverse alphabetical order (C, B, A), you are going inbound.

If you have to be at a certain place at a certain time, we suggest you find your destination arrival time first, and work your way back to find when you need to get on the bus.

What happens at the bus stop?

  • Arrive at your bus stop at least 5 minutes before the bus is due to pick you up.
  • When the bus comes, be sure the sign on the bus matches the route you want.
  • As the bus approaches, signal your intent to ride. Wave a lighted device or mirror during early morning and night travel.
  • Wait for others to exit, then board via the front door.

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How do I pay my fare?fare box

  • When you board, insert money in the farebox or use your bus pass.
  • We accept US currency only - both bills and coins.  
  • Read more about how to use the fare box ►more info

How do I exit the bus?

  • Watch for your bus stop.
  • Listen for any driver instructions.
  • Pull the yellow cord or push the yellow touch strip to alert the driver you want to get off.
  • Exit via the rear doors unless instructed differently by the driver.
  • For your safety: Let the bus drive off then cross the street. Vehicles may attempt to pass the bus and not see you crossing the roadway.  Please cross behind the bus.   

How do I use a transfer ticket?

  • Transfer tickets may be issued to complete your trip if you pay cash or swipe a 1, 2 or 12 ride pass.
  • 1 Day, 7 Day and 31 Day and other unlimited use pass holders do not need a transfer ticket.
  • You may not use a transfer ticket at non-designated transfer points. Transfer locations are identified on each schedule and on the system map.
  • You may not transfer to another bus on the same route, whether it’s the same or opposite direction.

Are buses accessible for persons with disabilities?

  • Our buses are 100% accessible.
  • Any passenger, with or without a mobility aide, has the right to request that the Coach Operator lower the kneeler or ramp.
  • Drivers are required to announce arrival at major bus stops along the route.
  • Service animals are welcome.

Do you have an example of using the bus?

Here is an example of someone living on Nanticoke Ave in Endicott and wanting to arrive at the Broome County Health Department by 10:00AM on a weekday morning. The Health Department is near the corner of Clinton St and Front St in 

Binghamton. Using the system map , we see that route 8 goes by the Health Department, and route 35 serves Nanticoke Ave, on Main St in Endicott. The common transfer point is the BC Junction.

Begin with with the 8 Front St schedule. A bus leaves the BC Junction at 9:50 AM, and arrives at SUNY Broome at 10:05 AM. We see it's a short ride to the Health Department from the BC Junction. We know we have to be at the BC Junction by 9:50 AM.

On the route 35 map, trace your route to the BC Junction. The block letters are going in reverse alphabetical order. You are going inbound. A bus arrives here from Endicott at 9:25AM. Reading in reverse order, we see a bus leaves the Glendale Technology Park at 8:30 AM. We estimate the bus will arrive at Nanticoke Ave at about 8:33AM.

Our plan will go as follows:

  • Board route 35 at 8:33AM
  • Arrive at BC Junction at 9:25AM
  • Board route 8 at 9:50AM
  • Arrive at the Health Department at approximately 9:55AM.

BC Transit recommends:

  • Wearing stable, secure footwear. Appropriate footwear will help you to maintain good balance and traction as you board, ride, and disembark the bus. Walking may be required as part of your trip.
  • Being ready as the bus approaches. Have your fare ready. Wheeled carts or strollers must be folded.
  • Make your intentions to ride visible to the driver.
  • Finding a seat. We encourage you to be seated while the bus is in motion; however, on busy routes, you may need to stand. As a courtesy, seating preference is given to the elderly, pregnant woman, and persons with disabilities.
  • Knowing your route and bus stops before you ride. Contact our information line if you need additional help.
  • Being observant, watch for your destination and listen to driver instructions.
  • Taking the route with fewest transfers if you are new to the system.
  • Please review our Guidelines and Rules to learn more about taking our buses.
  • If you have small children, consider using a small easy to collapse stroller. All wheeled carts and strollers must be folded and small enough to fit between your legs or under the seat while the bus is moving.

What are some rules I should know?

  • Reserve seats for the elderly, pregnant women and those with physical disabilities.
  • Sharing of 31 day passes with others is strictly prohibited. One pass is allowed per person.
  • No eating, drinking or smoking on the bus.
  • Strollers and other wheeled objects must be folded.
  • Service animals and pets in cages are allowed.
  • Items you bring on the bus cannot occupy a seat or obstruct the aisle.
  • You may not put hands, body parts, or objects out the window of the bus at any time.
  • No hazardous material, including fuel, automobile type batteries, explosives, nor weapons.
  • No loud, harassing, or disruptive behavior.
  • Never approach a bus while it is moving, wait until it stops before attempting to get on or off.
  • BC Transit reserves the right to remove and/ or deny service to any passenger who poses a threat to the safety of themselves or others.
  • Our complete policy manual can be found at any of our offices, or www.ridebctransit.com.

Do you provide travel training?

Yes we do. Contact our Mobility Manager at 607.763.4926 or send us an email.