Card Carrying

Most of us have cards of various types in our wallets and purses. These may include a driver's license, insurance card, discount cards, oh and at least one bank card. Why do we have these cards? Do you use them every time you go out? Of course not. You have them there...just in case.

But how many of us have a transit pass?

You should.

It might seem like a small thing, but having a transit pass can actually come in handy if you live in a city with a public transportation system. Let's take a moment to explore why having a transit pass is beneficial and why you should consider getting one.

First of all, most transit authorities offer daily passes that hold their value over time, meaning they don't have expiration dates. You can purchase them in advance and have them ready whenever you need them. Additionally, some passes can be easily recharged allowing you to maintain a balance on the card for future use.

Now, you might wonder "Why do I need a transit pass when I have your own car?". Well, imagine a scenario where your car breaks down or you're unable to use it for some reason. In such situations, having a transit pass can be a real lifesaver. Instead of relying on others or spending a significant amount of money on alternative transportation options like cabs, ride shares, or rental cars, you can simply hop on a bus, subway, or trolley for a fraction of the cost (typically $3-5 per day).

Personally, I make it a point to have transit passes in various convenient locations. I keep one in my car, one in my wallet, a couple at home, a couple at the office, and even one in my "go-bag". This way, I have options available to me in case my primary mode of transportation is unavailable.  And many cities offer electronic versions you can download onto your phone. Even in smaller cities, there are often bus or van systems in place, so it's worth checking if your community has one.

Having transit cards (yes, more than one) provides you with flexibility and peace of mind. While it may not always be the most convenient or quickest way to get around, it ensures that you can still reach your destination when you need to. So, why not consider adding a transit pass to your wallet or purse, or phone? It's a small step that can offer you valuable transportation options when you least expect it.