These questions are designed to address some common concerns about using public transportation.
Question: I’ve never used public transit before – what should I do?
Answer: It’s really very easy. People of all ages and abilities use public transportation on a daily basis. Get the bus schedule. This is usually available online, or at the library, or you can call your local transit system. Figure out exactly where you need to go to catch the bus. Maybe you could even watch it go past the stop you will be using a day or two before you ride. You can also check out the other end of your trip, to see how close you will arrive to your job, school, or other destination. The first time you ride the bus, choose a sunny weekday when you can either arrive a little late, or ride an earlier bus, in case you were confused by the schedule or the map. Arrival times may sometimes vary by 2-5 minutes, so be patient. When you see the bus, stand at the curb and raise your arm. Check with the bus operator to make sure this is the correct vehicle. Place the exact change in the farebox and enjoy your ride. Remember to push or pull on the bell strap a block or so before you need to get off to let the driver know to stop.
Question: How do I contact my local transit provider?
Answer: Several ways. You can go to the links section of this website and click on the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) website where all transit providers and their websites are listed by state. Or, you can contact the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s Transit Programs Division at (405) 521-2584.
Question: I am an employer, how does better public transportation help me and my employees?
Answer: Commuting is expensive with the combined toll of gas and wear and tear on the vehicle. If your employees can save money by traveling on transit, and on parking fees, they will have more money left from their paycheck. Also, you are guaranteed they have a reliable form of transportation every day. Help them pay for a bus pass for a month or two. It is tax deductable for you and not counted as income for your employee. Transit also makes it easier or people with disablities to get to work.
Question: My parents can no longer drive – can public transportation help them?
Answer: Absolutely. Aside from the regular buses, many communities have a van that will come to the home of older residents to take them shopping or on some other trips. Not daily, but often enough to help. Also, look into the discount cab fare programs. Call your transit provider for details.
Question: What if someone representing the APT calls me?
Answer: Chance are that matter will be reflected in this website under the “News” topics. They will be seeking your supportand we hope you will.
If you have any questions about the validity of their comments or whether they are authorized by APT, please contact us. As a grassroots organization working to improve public transportation, some people involved are a little zealous, but well-intentioned. Feel free to contact us directly to confirm any information or to report any discourteous behavior from someone claiming to represent the APT.