1. Visit MetroTransit.org; use their "Plan a Trip" feature to find out what busses will take you where you are going.
2. There are several fare options, so know before you ride! Fares are explained on the MetroTransit website here. If you don't want to worry about it, bring $2 in exact change, bring $2.50 if it is rush hour (M-F 6-9a, 3-6:30p).
3. Or watch this video made by Metro Transit about paying your fare.
4. Head out to the bus stop a few minutes before it is scheduled to come. If it is running late, the NexTrip feature of the MetroTransit app will tell you. There are also other transit apps out there.
5. When the bus comes, straight ahead by the driver will be where you can put dollars and coins (remember they don't give change); the driver will then press a button and to the right of the dollar collection a little paper transfer will appear. Grab it, it is good for 2.5 hours! If you want to use it again, you place it in the slot it came out of when you next board the bus (it goes in, and comes back out, so grab it when it comes back out).
6. If you bought a pass on the MetroTransit app, open it in the app and show your screen to the driver. The pass will be good for 2.5 hours.
7. If you bought or have a GoCard or MetroPass (a plastic card you received from work or in the mail at home that you can refill online), you can just touch it to the small plastic box to your right just as you step on the bus. It should beep once and flash a big green or yellow "GO" at you. You have boarded, and your transfer is embedded on the card for if you use it again in the next 2.5 hours.
8. When you sit on the bus, remember that the front collection of seats are for people who need to sit, so avoid those areas if you are able. Take up one seat, and enjoy your ride!
9. When you are a block before your stop, pull the yellow cord or press the red button by the back door. The bus will stop. Exit out the back door if you can: wait for the green light to turn on above the back door, then press the door open. It should swing open on its own, but sometimes it doesn't and you have to push. You can always go out the front if you need to.
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