Riding the bus isn’t only for high schoolers

The bus – some people think it is scary. That’s only because they don’t know how to use it.

Just last weekend my roommate and I were going to go to the mall. I said, “Hey, let’s use the bus.” She looked at me like I had three heads. She has never ridden on a city bus. I showed her how, and with her new knowledge she will be using the bus system like a pro.

This summer I took the Erie Metro Transit Authority to get home from work. It did take me a while to get used to it. My first few times were a bit scary. I didn’t know if I was on the right bus; I doubted myself and I didn’t know anyone. I felt really alone.

The best thing to do is plan your route. Look on a map, call the EMTA, make sure you have the right bus. The buses come every half hour so make sure you have plenty of time to spare if you miss your bus. Take a friend with you if you’re not sure.

I never knew that it mattered which side of the road you stood on. Yes, it really does matter. If you get on the wrong side you will be dropped off across the street.

Taking the bus is not the end of the world; just take a deep breath and try not to get too frustrated.

Bus maps and schedules are everywhere. Look up the bus stops in the Waldron Campus Center or on the Internet.

Don’t be afraid to ask. There are nice people out there. Not everyone is out to get you.

Plan your route. Yeah, it’s fun to go on crazy adventures but you don’t want to be lost.

And most importantly, the bus is free: a college student’s favorite word. Just remember to bring your Gannon University ID.

Still not sure?

Gannon provides another way of transportation: the Knight Rider. It is also free for all students and staff of Gannon with a Gannon ID. You can jump on the Knight Rider at the Carneval Athletic Pavilion, Waldron Center and Morosky Center. If you just flag down the driver, you can also get on at any intersection along the route.

The BayLiner Trolley is free to everyone. In the summer, my sister takes the trolley from the library to the Eight Great Tuesdays concert series every week. I know from personal experience that this is a valuable resource. This free trolley operates Monday through Friday from 6:10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This service begins at the bayfront  and runs to the intersection of 14th and State streets.

For more information such as route details and times, visit www.ride-the-e.com.


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