The thought of using public transit can be overwhelming for someone who is not familiar with riding a bus or a train. How do I take a Somerset County bus? Where does it stop? What does it cost? Knowing how to use the local transit network gives individuals the confidence to travel to meet with friends, go to doctor appointments, conduct daily errands or get to work without needing to rely on family or friends.
RideWise staff can help individuals gain greater independence by teaching them how to use the buses or trains that operate in and around Somerset County through our TransitConnect program. Participants will learn how to:
- Read and understand bus and/or train schedules
- Plan a trip
- Get to and from the transit stop
- Signal a bus
- Ride a specific route
- Pay fares and purchase tickets and passes
- Board and de-board
- Use mobile apps to locate the bus or pay for bus/train fare
- Prepare for the unexpected
- Ride safely and confidently
Somerset County residents 18 years and older are eligible to participate in TransitConnect training. Individuals under 18 must have a parent or guardian accompany them. This training is free-of-charge, but participants are required to pay their bus or train fare during the training. The fare will depend on the trip length.
Travel training is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. To make an appointment with a travel trainer, contact RideWise at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908-704-1011.