The Texas winter is upon us, making taking transit a chilly proposition. But it doesn’t have to be if you are prepared! Here are some tips that can help make your transit travels more pleasant:
- Eat and run. Fill up just before you head out on your transit trip. This makes your body temperature rise, and when you bundle up with extra layers of clothing, more heat is retained.
- Dress for the weather. You might not feel that cold when you first step outside but a 15-minute wait for the bus might brrrrrrreak your spirit. Wearing layers, plus a coat, hat, scarf and gloves will help you maintain warmth. Boots or shoes with lug soles will keep you from slipping on icy sidewalks. And given the randomness of Texas weather, some layers can be shed when that 30-degree morning suddenly turns into a balmy 70-degree afternoon.
- Keep hand warmers handy. Inexpensive hand warmers can be heated quickly in the microwave or snapped to activate, and added to your pockets or dropped into your hat for added warmth. In a pinch, a warm cup of coffee, tea or cocoa can also help to warm your hands while you are waiting outside for the bus or train.
- Let’s get physical. Walking or jogging to the bus stop or train station will help you warm up. Keep up the physical activity while waiting, too. Stay warm and get in shape—a win-win!
- C’mon everybody get app-y. Use the CapMetro App to know when the bus or train is due so you don’t have to wait longer than necessary. The app will show you the next departure time for your stop or station. You can also plan your trips on-the-go with the app, and buy and use passes.
Bonus (finger)tip: Tech gloves are perfect for commuters because they keep your hands warm, and allow you to continue using the CapMetro App to access real-time departure information and passes.