There are many reasons to use GET buses for transportation!
Riding the bus just once a week helps clean our air.
GET buses are fueled with compressed natural gas (CNG). CNG is a fossil fuel substitute, which is environmentally cleaner than gasoline, diesel, and propane. Riding the GET bus once a week will make a difference!
Buses are safer than cars.
Taking the bus increases your chances of arriving at your destination safely. Studies report that riding the bus is safer than driving or riding in a car. Due to the size of a transit bus, it is one of the safest vehicles on the road.
Riding the bus means no parking spaces.
Going shopping? Tired of fighting for a parking spot? Take the GET bus to the Valley Plaza Mall, East Hills Mall, Northwest Promenade, Market Place, Mercado Latino, or Stockdale Village. GET serves the Bakersfield metropolitan area with 16 routes and one express route to Tejon Industrial Park. If the website does not answer all your questions, call 661-869-2GET (2438) for route information.
Using public transportation reduces stress.
Sit back and relax! Read a book, listen to music, or talk to other passengers and leave the driving to someone else! You’ll have less stress, which will decrease your risk for future health problems.
Walking to and from the bus stop can make a difference to your health.
Research shows that people who use public transportation are healthier than people who don’t, because walking to and from bus stops is a regular part of their daily exercise.
How to Plan Your Trip
Start by finding your destination on the map.
Next, find the starting point where you will board the bus.
Decide which route or routes you need to take to get to your destination.
Some trips require more than one bus, which means you will need to transfer from one bus to another. If you will need to transfer, find the intersection of the two routes. This is where you will exit the first bus and board the second.
Check the schedule to determine what time you need to arrive at your bus stop. The buses travel through the schedule from left to right.
Choose the timetable section that refers to the direction you will be traveling, for example Route 21- eastbound Bakersfield College.
The timetable shows when the bus arrives at timepoints along the route. Timepoints are bus stops at major intersections listed on the timetable.
Bus departure times are listed below each timepoint. For bus stops located between timepoints, use the departure time before your bus stop. Note: departure times highlighted in the timetable do not run on weekends.
Watch for special notes that sometimes appear on the bottom of the schedule. Hint: they are usually marked with an asterisk (*).
You can also use the Trip Planner tool on the homepage of the website.
QUICK STEPS FOR A SMOOTH RIDE
Arrive at the bus stop early.
Stand at the bus stop so the driver can see you.
Have exact change or your bus pass ready (drivers do not carry any change).
If required, have your ID available when you board.
Have strollers folded and ready to carry on board.
Throw away crushable cups or trash before you board.
Drinks are allowed in spill proof, non-crushable cups only.
Eating is not permitted on the bus.
Smoking is not permitted on the bus.
Earphones must be used with radios or personal stereos.
Front seats are reserved for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
Except for service or guide dogs, pets are only allowed on the bus if they are placed in an enclosed animal carrier.
The use of obscenities, fighting and unruliness is not permitted on the bus.
Shirts and shoes are required.