Written by: Katherine Nocera
Hello everyone! I feel that we’ve known each other long enough for me to share three facts about myself. Fact #1: I have a small Maltese dog named Rocky (after Rocky Balboa, in case you were wondering). Fact #2: I love the movie Titanic. Mostly because it features young Leonardo DiCaprio….what’s not to love about that? Fact #3: I am the worst at navigating. If I were asked to drive to Florida, I’d probably end up in Los Angeles. I don’t even know if that’s technically possible but, trust me, I’d find a way. This fact is terribly difficult considering I am a student who often takes the bus to and from school. However, I’ve managed to find my way home and to school many times (whew!) Here’s a couple of tricks I’ve learned when travelling on Durham Transit…
Triplinx is a website and an app that offers trip planning for the Greater Toronto Area. Honestly, this website and app has been a saviour for me! It is really simple to use and understand. All you have to do is put in where you are, where you want to go, a set time,
press “Plan Trip” and BAM a list of bus schedules pop up. It’s actually quite magical if you ask me. I highly suggest using this source for all your Durham Transit scheduling.
- Double check that you’re catching the bus in the right direction!
This tip has unfortunately developed from experience. On my way home from school one day, I quickly went onto Triplink and forgot to check if my bus was the 910 southbound or northbound. Not knowing any directions, I did “eeny, meeny, miny, moe” and chose to get on the 910 southbound. Guess what? I was supposed to get on the 910 northbound. I ended up on the other end of Oshawa! Which leads me to my next point…
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
While having my mini crisis, I realized that I had no idea what bus to take to get back to where I needed to go. So, my survival mode kicked in and I thought of the brilliant idea to ask the bus driver. Who else would know the bus routes better than a bus driver? No one. The answer is no one. Unless, you’re one of those people who is naturally born with the ability to navigate. In that case, I want to be you… Anyway, I told the bus driver about my current situation and he kindly told me exactly what bus to take and where to get off. Crisis averted!
I hope you all follow my 3 easy tips for taking Durham Transit! I guarantee it will make your life A LOT easier! And don’t forget that we get a free DRT pass as TrentU Durham students! Until next time…