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When you use public transportation...

When motorists see a yellow school bus, they know that children may be nearby, but although many children in New York State take a school bus to school, many others take public transportation - a public bus or the subway. Whether you use a public bus or a school bus, there are some safety rules you should follow.


The rules below are the same for all buses.

School Bus   All Buses   Public Bus

If you are waiting for a public bus or a school bus, wait at the bus stop, and stand well back from the curb.

When you get off the public bus or the school bus, you need to take step away from the bus (five giant steps) straight out of the bus door.

There are danger zones near public buses and school buses where the driver cannot see you.


Below is a picture of the area around a bus where the driver can't see you. The most dangerous areas are near the front and the back of the bus.  These areas are the same for all buses and large trucks.

Large Vehicle Danger Zone



SubwayIf you take the subway...


If you take the subway, you may need to take an escalator to the subway platform.

Never play on the subway platform. It would be easy to fall off the platform onto the subway tracks.


When you walk to and from the bus stop or subway station:

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