Forgive my ignorance, but (generally) how do city bus systems work? As another 'resolution', I'd like to try and lessen my driving for work, particularly when there are viable alternatives (i.e. city bus). I work/live in a large suburban city, take anywhere from 5-10 miles max to get anywhere in the city. So anyway, I'm looking at the various routes, and I'm confused about a few things. First off, it appears that it costs a buck to jump on the bus for a ride. Now, if I jump on the bus nearest my house, it has a certain route--that I'm guessing just goes back and forth along that route all day. If I'm trying to go to another part of town... I don't get how I would get there? Does that route (that starts near my house) cross paths with other city bus lines (and as such, I'm supposed to jump off and jump on another line)? If that is the case, does that mean another dollar? That certainly means going out of the way (i.e. wasting time). I have other questions too, but the bottom line is that it doesn't seem viable on closer look. Even if I were going precisely to the destination where the one bus line ends, I'm still paying $1 both ways. That wouldn't be a significant cost savings (vs. driving my car), and would be slower. Am I missing something?