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How to Ride Metro Bus

An extensive network of over 165 bus routes serves the county. Fare can be paid using cash (exact change) or a TAP card.  Metro's fleet offers different types of services:

  • Local buses stop around every two blocks and are painted orange
  • Rapid buses are faster buses with fewer stops only at major intersections and are painted red
  • Express buses travel on routes on freeways for longer distances with fewer stops and has a higher premium.
  • Orange and Silver Lines are bus rapid transit lines (BRT) that run on dedicated busways and require payment by TAP card.

How to Ride Metro Bus

1. Catch the bus

  • Arrive 10 minutes early and wait away from the curb but somewhere where the operator can see you.
  • As bus approaches, wave for it to stop
  • check the head sign above windshield for route number and destination to ensure its your bus

2. Boarding the bus

  • Wait for bus to make a complete stop
  • Have your money or TAP card ready
  • Take a seat or use handrails/handholds

3. Enjoy the Ride

4. Exiting the Bus

  • Watch and listen for your stop.
  • About one block before your destination, press the STOP button or pull the yellow cord
  • Exit through the rear door and make sure you have all your belongings.

Riding Tips & Safety

  • Never run after or next to a moving bus.
  • Watch for oncoming buses in both directions.
  • Let riders in wheelchairs or with disabilities board and or exit first.
  • Be ready to exit when you arrive at your stops.
  • Step away from bus after exiting.
  • If riding with a bike, make sure you let the Operator know you will be taking your bike from the front rack.
  • Use our Trip Planner in advance to plan your trip.
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