Most kids that attend ATX Kids Club have never taken a city bus. Most of them know buses as "those yellow school buses". Few have commuted or taken Cap Metro City buses. Every one of them soon realizes that it's the best way to ride!
We always take the bus to our city adventures! We want every kid to be able to know where they are and to learn how to move around the city. It's even better now because kids ride free! Our four parks are conveniently located close to a bus stop so that we can take one or two buses to most of our destinations. You don't have to be an expert to do it.
The easiest way if you own a smartphone is to download the CapMetro app. You can use the trip planner or check specific schedules. Every bus stop has a QR Code that let's you know if your bus is delayed. Most buses have route maps available for free. Kids enjoy trying to figure out where they are going next either looking at the screen or at the map.
When we are downtown and take the bus, there is hardly a rush hour. Kids feel really proud and special when they notice the Bus Only lanes. Who wouldn't feel like that as the bus passes all those cars stuck in the traffic jam. Especially when there's AC and they can read or draw while taking the bus.
As a commuter that lives in North Austin, I vastly prefer driving to a park and ride and taking a bus or the train downtown than having to deal with my car when I am there. I know there is still a long way to go to make this city fully connected, but using what we currently have is a first step towards pushing it in the right direction! So take the leap, try transit.