Riding the Bus at Night: What to know before you go

2021-05-20T10:23:26-07:00| Categories: Blog| Tags: |

Riding the bus is a great way to get around. It’s safe, affordable, efficient, and better for the environment. As with any travel, when heading out at night, taking a few extra precautions can help keep your trip safe and enjoyable. Here are a few tips to follow when riding at night.

  • Know Your Schedule: Don't get to a stop too early. Try using the rideRTC app to get information on real-time bus arrivals, departures and crowding. It also includes the RTC Transit Watch, an easy way for riders to communicate suspicious activity.
  • Be situationally aware: Wear only one headphone, be aware of your surroundings, and if something doesn’t seem right, alert the driver or security.
  • Check In: Call or text someone with your current location and ETA every once in a while so they know where you were most recently and when to expect you to arrive.
  • Take a Direct Route: If possible, take a single route to your destination.
  • Charge Your Phone Before You Go: A fully charged battery can make a difference if an emergency occurs; and especially if you have your transit pass on your phone.
  • Get on and off in well-lit areas. The RTC has more than 1,400 bus shelters with enhanced lighting that creates a safer environment and increases visibility from the street.
  • Be Seen: Your ride will likely include a walk to or from your bus stop. Wear reflective items so that vehicles can easily see you.

Want to learn more about how we’re continually working to keep your ride safe?  Visit rtcsnv.com.


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