I like this article the West Seattle Herald on how to ride the bus:
With gas prices topping $3 per gallon, there are a lot more people riding buses these days, said a Metro bus driver, who wishes to remain anonymous.
Metro recently released figures showing ridership was up 7 percent between 2006 and 2007. That translates into an average of 365,000 boardings per weekday. It's the biggest increase Metro recorded in the past decade.
The increased ridership means buses are running a bit slower. More passengers mean more time spent picking up passengers and dropping them off. It especially takes time to maneuver a bus into and out of a bus stop, and passengers can speed things up if they signal their intentions to the driver as the bus approaches.
I think he left out my tip, please don't talk on your phone. What other tips did he leave out?