You first must determine what bus route and time you would like to travel. View our transit schedules for more information.View Transit Schedules
After checking the schedule and locating your route and the times you want to travel, stand at the bus stop. BARTA bus stops are marked with posted bus stop signs. If there is not a posted bus stop near the area in which you want to board along a route, go to the nearest intersection and wait on the same side of the street in which the bus is traveling. Always try to be at the bus stop several minutes early.
Read the bus destination signs before boarding. BARTA buses are marked with both the names and numbers of the route they serve. They are located at the front of the bus, as well as to the left of the front door.
Stand where the driver can see you. If you’re inside a bus shelter, step outside once you see your bus approaching. Otherwise, it is helpful to wave at the driver as the bus approaches to indicate that you would like to board the bus.
Have your children ready to board and your stroller folded before the bus pulls up.
Please wait to get on the bus until all riders wishing to get off have done so. If several riders are getting on the same bus, please form a line to speed boarding.
If you find it difficult to step up into the bus, ask the driver to lower the bus for you. Our buses have a special “kneeling” feature which lowers the first step to curb level. The bus is also equipped with a ramp that can lower to assist in boarding for anyone who needs this feature.
Have the exact fare, your BARTA Pass, or your Ten Trip Ticket ready when you board. Stopping to count change or find your pass or ticket can delay other riders who are waiting to get on or off the bus.
If you are purchasing a One Day Anywhere Pass onboard the bus, YOU MUST TELL THE DRIVER BEFORE YOU INSERT THE MONEY INTO THE FAREBOX!
If, while traveling on the route, you have passed out of the base zone, a zone fare should be deposited in the farebox upon leaving the bus.View Fares
If you plan on changing buses to complete your trip, pay your transfer fare, along with your base fare, when you board your first bus and ask the driver for a transfer. BARTA Pass holders do not need to purchase transfers.
Passengers transferring to another bus must take the first bus available for the transfer. A transfer may not be used to make a return trip or to continue a trip on the same route or in the same direction. When you change buses, insert the transfer into the farebox in the second bus.
Drivers are required to announce stops and identify routes. If you need the driver to call your stop, just ask when you board.
When you approach your destination, remember to pull the chime cord located above the window area, about one block before your bus stop. If another passenger has rung the bell, a sign will light up behind the driver stating, “stop requested”. It is not necessary to ring the bell again.
Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before deboarding.
When the route is busy, please use the rear doors to exit the vehicle.