Transport – getting to and from work​

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Transport planning​

Reliable transportation to and from the workplace is a critical part of planning for success.​

You should consider transportation options when choosing a job as you need to easily get to and from your workplace.​

It’s best to choose a transport option that provides a direct route and gets you to your destination a little before your scheduled start time.​

Plan your route (and if possible have a trial) prior to going for an interview or starting a job to ensure you are not turning up late and stressed.​

Transport Options​

If you don’t have your driver licence, being able to use public transport is a great way to get to and from work.​

Depending on your location there may be buses, trains, trams and ferries that can get you to work.​

In order to use public transport to work, you need to know where you can catch public transport near where you live and where the drop off points nearest to your workplace.​

In most locations you are able to contact your public transport provider or use apps on your smartphone to find out what your transport options are.

Public Transport

Many autistic people find using public transport stressful, especially those who are sensitive to sound, touch, light and smells.​

Buses and trains can be crowded, noisy, smelly and often don’t run exactly to schedule.​

Anxiety around social interaction and communication can also add to the stress.

Transport strategies to try​

  • Carry a timetable or type up a list of times your bus or train leaves and arrives. This will be helpful if you have to work back or start early and need to catch a different bus or train.​
  • Wear headphones to reduce background noise and play music or audio books. Headphones can also be used as a socially acceptable way of not having to engage in conversation with other commuters.​
  • It might not always be possible, but avoiding rush hour can mean that public transport is less crowded.​
  • Try to download an app that can help you plan a different route if there are unexpected changes. This will help to reduce anxiety when changes occur.

Public transport manners

  • It is common practice to give up your seat for pregnant women, the elderly or those who may be physically injured or disabled. To do that you should first ask if they would like your seat, and if they say ‘yes’ you move out of the way so they can have your seat. Sometimes they may say ‘no’ as they might prefer to stand.​
  • Observe who else is waiting to get on/off public transport so that you do not unintentionally push in.​
  • Don’t wait in front of the opening doors as others will not be able to disembark. Stand just to the side until everyone gets off and then you can enter.​
  • If you have a backpack or are carrying bags on a crowded bus or train, try to place them out of other people’s space.

End of Module questions

  • What transport options do you prefer to use to get to work?​
  • Would you be confident to ask if your workplace had flexible start times to avoid peak times on public transport?​
  • Would headphones be a good distraction for your commute to work?

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