1. If you are not fortunate enough to live within walking distance of a public transit stop or station you will need to either use your automobile to drive to the nearest park and ride lot or ride a bicycle to the nearest station. Bicycles are typically allowed to be carried onto busses, subways, light rail vehicles, etc. Carpooling is a great alternative for those who find it unfeasable to drive to their nearest transit stop or station. Carpooling is effectively a type of public transportation, but one that is operated privately by you or someone else who's destination happens to be the same vicinity or travels along a route that includes the destination of one of the carpool riders. You can organize a carpool simply by letting your friends and co-workers know that you would be willing to help out by offering a carpool on select days or even every day. Many cities also help larger carpooling groups by offering vans, etc.
  2. If you have arrived at a transit stop or station in an automobile there will be a parking deck or lot available to park your vehicle. These are typically free or offered at a highly reduced rate over other parking decks or lots. If arriving by bicycle you can sometimes chain and lock it up to a bicycle rack or you may be able to transport the bicycle on the bus, subway, etc. as is often the case.
  3. Tickets are required for most forms of public transportations. These can be acquired in several different ways. Most cities offer monthly, weekly, or daily passes that can be used for an unlimited amount and employers will often help cover the cost of some or all of these passes. Transit stations will also have ticket vending machines available so that you can purchase single use passes and sometimes even the longer duration passes can be purchased at these locations. Monthly, weekly, and daily passes can usually be ordered from the city's website, by calling the local transit authority, or sometimes by visiting select money exchange locations (this location typically offers money wire transfer such as Western Union, etc.).
  4. Once a ticket or pass has been purchased proceeding to the correct train/bus for your destination is the next step. Maps of the local transit system are typically available at stations or by contacting the local transit authority.
  5. Once onboard be aware of your destination stop (take note of the nearest stop listed on the transit map) since you will be responsible for getting off at your stop. On busses there is typically a long wire/cable hanging along the windows that when pulled downwards notifies the driver with a *ding* that a rider has requested to get off at the next stop. Sometimes the bus will not stop at the next stop if no one has requested to stop and no one is waiting to board at the stop. On subways (heavy rail), light rail, and commuter rail lines the train will stop at every station to allow riders to get off or board.
  6. When you have reached your destination it may be required for you to transfer to another mode of public transit or to simply transfer to another bus or train in order to ultimately get you to your final destination. In this case most single use tickets allow for a transfer or two within the system (even between different types of transit) without incurring extra costs.