Not having reliable transportation can be a tricky situation to navigate when you are employed. On one hand, you need to be working to support yourself and/or family, but on the other hand, depending on a source of transportation that is outside of your control can be stressful. It’s important to remember that we are all human and at the end of the day, we can’t put our entire life on hold due to the circumstances we are experiencing. Just because you don’t have a car, or a license, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to work. That is why we are here to help you navigate through this all-too-common situation.
Luckily for Charlotteann's and those in the surrounding areas, there is ample public transportation available that is a great, affordable, alternative to driving yourself. When it comes to public transportation, it’s important to be prepared by planning ahead. Steps to take when planning ahead include knowing:
- Where your closest stop is
- What time the transportation will arrive
- Where and how to buy a ticket
- What time you need to leave to arrive in time to be picked up
Many people in the workforce successfully use public transportation. Although it may require some planning ahead, any form of transportation is better than none, and putting in that extra effort will allow you to successfully make your commute and arrive on time.
Once you have a plan, it is important not to let your transportation arrangements be a reason for you to show up late for work. That is why planning is so important. We recommend informing your employer that you take public transportation in case there are delays that are out of your control, but overall, it is crucial to put in the effort to get to work on time when everything is within your control. Employers are not going to look the other way if you are late just because you rely on public transportation.
Use any resources available to you to help make your commute as easy as possible. Most public transportation systems have a set schedule so you will know consistently when they will arrive and drop you off. Some public transportation systems even have an app or website you can access using your smart phone. Try out these tricks and tips next time you are headed to work and depend on the bus or light rail system.
You can use these resources to help you plan your next ride to make sure you get there on time: