Public Transportation Social Stories

Overview

This is a collection of social stories that explain how to use different types of public transportation that were created by ASERT.

A city picturing a bus and a car.

If I need a ride somewhere, I can use public transportation and take a bus.

I will find the nearest bus stop and stand by the sign to let the driver know I’m waiting when they arrive.

A person waving their hand at a bus stop.

If it’s dark out, I will wear bright colored clothing or signal the driver so they know there is someone to pick up.

A bus reading

I will check the bus number and destination above the windshield to make sure I get on the right bus. If I’m still not sure, I will ask the driver.

A person standing at the doors of a bus.

Before getting on the bus, I will let others exit first and then enter in the door closest to the driver.

A person holding their bus ticket as they walk up to a bus.

My ticket, bus pass, or payment (with exact change) will be in my hand as I walk on.

A woman sitting on a bus holding a purse.

After I pay the driver, I will find a seat. If it’s crowded I will make sure to hold my stuff on my lap or near my feet.

A women standing on a bus holding the hand grips.

If I cannot find a seat, I will stand and hold onto the hand grips or poles for my safety.

A person sitting alone on a bus seat.

I will respect others and their personal space on the bus.

A hand pointing to a circular red sign that reads

I will pull the chord or push the stop button right before my destination so the driver knows to stop.

A person shrugging their shoulders behind a bus driver.

If I am unsure about my stop, I will ask the driver for help.

A person next to a computer screen with information about the bus.

I can also use the bus company’s website to find the price, the amount of time it will take, and bus transfer information ahead of time.

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Subway map.

If I need to get somewhere in the city, I can take the subway.

A sign reading

I will find the nearest subway entrance and buy a ticket. If I can, I will buy my ticker or subway pass ahead of time.

Ticket barrier to the subway.

Next, I will walk to the ticket barrier and insert my ticket or scan my subway card.

A person standing on a subway platform.

I will walk to the correct platform and wait for my train behind the yellow lines.

A crowded subway station.

If this subway is too crowded or noisy and I’m not in a rush, I’ll wait for the next train.

A subway going into a tunnel.

When the train arrives, I will let others exit before I get on.

Three people on the subway.

I will find a seat or a place to stand, hold my stuff, and respect others.

Three people on the subway.

I will know the order of stops so I can be ready with all of my things when it’s time to get off.

A person waiting to exit the subway.

I will make sure I am exiting safely but quickly since the doors are on a timer.

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Cartoon representation of a taxi.

If I need a ride in the city, I can take a taxi.

A woman walking toward a taxi.

If I see the yellow taxi with a lit up “available” sign on top, I will stand on the sidewalk and wave the driver down.

A text box reading

I will tell the driver the exact address of where I need to go and make sure I have enough money to pay for the fare and a tip.

Cartoon representation of a taxi.

I will get into the backseat of the taxi with my all of my stuff.

A person sitting with their seatbelt buckled next to a smartphone showing a text conversation about entering the taxi.

For my safety, I will wear my seatbelt, tell a friend/family member where I’m going, and be respectful of the driver.

A woman stepping out of a taxi.

I will wait for the driver to unlock the door when we arrive. I will thank the driver, take my things, and exit.

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Cartoon representation of a train.

If I need to take a trip somewhere further away, I can take a train.

A person buying a ticket at a ticket booth.

I will buy a ticket at the train station or online ahead of time.

A train stopped at a platform.

I will walk to the correct platform and wait for it to arrive safely behind the lines.

A stopped train with two people standing next to it.

Once it arrives, I will let others exit and then show my ticket to the conductor as I walk on.

Two empty train seats.

If I don’t have an assigned seating area, I will find a seat myself and be respectful of those around me.

Two empty train booths next to a window.

Most trains have a quiet car where I can sit if the noise or other passengers become overstimulating.

A person sitting in a train seat.

I will keep my ticket out since the conductor will ask to see it again.

A door to a restroom.

If I need to use the restroom on the train, I will make sure to wait my turn if there’s a line and lock the door once I’m in there.

A person waiting to exit a train.

Before the train arrives at my stop, I will make sure I have all of my stuff and exit safely out the nearest door.

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White car next to a hand holding a smartphone.

When I need a ride somewhere, I can use the Uber or Lyft apps for public transportation.

Woman sitting in living room on couch.

Once I request my ride, I will wait inside and stay aware of my surroundings.

Woman walking outside looking at phone.

I will move away from the crowd when the driver arrives so they can easily spot me.

Car next to zoomed-in license plate.

Before I talk to the driver, I will make sure the license plate number, the color of the car, and the type of car match the information on the app.

A car next to a woman asking

I will ask the driver “who are you picking up?” to make sure this ride is for me. If they say any other name than my own or refuse to answer the question, I will not get in the car.

A car with an arrow pointing to the rear passenger-side seat.

I will only sit in the back of the car and get in and out on the passenger side.

A girl sitting with a seatbelt on next to an image of an open lock.

For my safety, I will always wear my seatbelt and make sure the door remains unlocked. If the child lock is on, I will ask the driver to unlock the car.

A hand holding a smartphone next to an arrow pointing to a women looking at her phone.

If I am alone, I will make sure the person I am meeting or any friend/family member has my ride information and details.

A woman talking on her phone.

If I am anxious, I will call a friend/family member in the car so I feel less alone.

A smartphone reading

If I think I’m an emergency situation, I will call 911 or use the panic button on the Uber and Lyft apps that call 911.

A hand pointing to a smartphone with a GPS on the screen.

I will watch the GPS feature on the app to make sure my driver stays on route.

3 cars parked in a parking lot.

When we arrive at my destination, I will ask my driver to park in a well-lit, safe area and then exit.

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Other downloads

Name Description Type File
Bus Social Story pdf Download file: Bus
Subway Social Story pdf Download file: Subway
Taxi Social Story pdf Download file: Taxi
Train Social Story pdf Download file: Train
Uber and Lyft Social Story pdf Download file: Uber and Lyft

This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.