Persons moving from a rural area to the big city may not realize that there are many methods of transportation available in the city that were not available to them in their former home. Many of these methods of transportation do not involve driving your own automobile.
One of the first methods of transportation that you will notice quickly is the bus service. Bus stops are located nearby many residential areas and buses travel toward a central transportation hub. If you work near downtown, it is often very easy to catch a bus that will take you to a location that is within a few blocks of your place of work. If there is not a bus stop near your home, look for a "park and ride" lot. Often you can park your vehicle there for free and take the bus. Using bus service helps to save fuel, the frustration of having to drive in rush hour traffic and parking fees. A monthly bus pass often costs less than monthly parking fees.
Many larger cities also offer a subway system. This underground transportation system does not use surface streets, so it avoids traffic jams and can be a very quick way to commute to your business.
Cities such as Chicago have gone above grade with an elevated train rather than underground with a subway. Other cities have developed light rail systems to help with rapid transportation of commuters from the suburbs to the downtown area.
In Seattle, and other cities that have a waterfront, ferries are a fun way to commute. The Bremerton to Seattle ferry is about an hour commute. Parking is available at the ferry terminal and on the Seattle end, the terminal is a flight of stairs from downtown.
Commuters savvy in big city transportation methods will often combine two or more of these methods of commuting.
For even more flexibility in your commuting, try adding a bicycle. Bikes are often welcome on the light rails and buses often have a bike rack up front. Ride your bike to the bus stop, take the bus to the stop nearest your work, hop back on the bike and get to work.
Using public transportation is a great way to avoid the frustration of driving yourself.