Transportation - Vocational


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Definition: Transportation is the action of taking someone or something from one place to another.

Key Terms:

  1. Public transportation - A transportation option available to the public, that operates on set fares, routes, and schedules . For example: Bus, train, subway, ferry, light rail.
  2. Private transportation - A transportation option that is not open to the public, so you can determine your own time and route. For example: Rideshare (Lyft, Uber, etc.), Taxi, School provided transportation, Program provided transportation, Medical transportation.
  3. Personal transportation - A transportation option that involves transporting yourself, or provided by someone you know. Walking, bike, carpooling, rides from family, friends, neighbors, rides from community caregivers.
  4. Ridesharing Company - A company that matches passengers with vehicles that can transport them.

Discussion Points

  • Travel options fall into 3 categories: Public transportation, private transportation, personal transportation.
  • Forms of transportation: Railways, roadways, waterways, airways.
  • Do not attempt to cover up body odor by using a lot of perfume or cologne.
  • When deciding upon a transportation method, consider all your resources, your needs/preferences, your abilities, and cost involved.
  • Remember these travel safety tips:
    1. Carry a cellphone and charger on you.
    2. Let someone know when you are leaving and anticipated arrival.
    3. Have a back up plan in place.
    4. Plan out and practice ahead of time.

Activity 1: Which Mode of Transportation Is Best For Me?

Pass out copies of Student Activity Sheet A to each student. After discussing the differences between public, private, and personal transportation options and examples, have students complete the travel questionnaire. Next have students complete the modes of transportation chart based on their questionnaire responses. Students should mark yes, if that mode of transportation would work for them, and no if it would not.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A
  • writing utensil

Activity 2: Bus Basics

After discussing how to read a bus schedule with class, have students use the sample bus schedule from Student Activity Sheet B to answer the questions independently, or together.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B
  • writing utensil

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Getting from one place to another can sometimes be stressful and difficult. Pair students and have them take turns creating a movie clip about one of the following travel concerns, or create one of their own. Students should brainstorm a solution to the problem, and include it in the video. Remind students to name and record their scripts using SiLAS software, and save the final movie.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student
  1. Getting off at the wrong place.
  2. Not having enough money to pay the driver.
  3. Being stranded somewhere without a way home.
  4. Getting lost.
  5. Driver that makes you uncomfortable.

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student


Go to only student curriculum

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Check or circle the response that best explain your needs and preferences:

1. How much travel do you need?

2. Do you mind sharing a ride with someone you don’t know?

3. Do you have family, friends or neighbors that can provide you with rides on a continuous basis?

4. Will you ever need transportation on short notice? (Same day request)

5. Do you have a set schedule you will need transportation for? (work, school, recreational activities etc.)

6. Do you only want door to door transportation (No stops)?

7. Can you independently use a smartphone app to access a service such as Lyft or Uber?

8. Are you able to read road signs?

9. Are you able to read a bus or train schedule?

10. Can you safely walk or ride your bike long distances?

11. Do you live in an area with public transportation options such as trains, subways, buses?

12. Do you have any special travel requirements/accommodations? (wheelchair lift, air conditioning, etc.) Describe below:

Student Activity Sheet B

Use the Bus Schedule below to complete the questions.

School Bus Schedule-Bus Route # 44

Location AM PM
Central Blvd.@ Lena Ct. = Corner 6:49am 1:47pm
Wall St. @ Whalepond Rd. = 80 Acre Park 6:52am 1:53pm
Float Ave. @ Treasure Ave. = Corner 7:00 am 2:04pm
Sherman Pl. @ Olympic Terr.= Maria’s Pizza 7:05 am 2:09pm
Hidden Valley Rd. @ Parkview Rd.= Hyvee Grocery Store Lot 7:07 am 2:15pm
Lambert Dr. @ Johnson Rd.= Kepwell Springs 7:15 am 2:22pm
68th Street @ N.W. 70th St. = Corner 7:23 am 2:29pm
Dee Ct. @ California Ave. = Corner 7:30 am 2:36pm
Rhine Rd. @ Bill Folly Rd. = Maho Apartments 7:36 am 2:42pm
Pine Ave. @ Long Beach Blvd. = LBI Library 7:44 am 2:49 pm

1. What bus # will you take if you live on N.W. 70th Street?

2. Where would you get picked up if lived on Rhine Rd.?

3. How long will you be on the bus if you were the first stop in the morning?

4. What time will the bus pick you up in the morning if you live on Float Ave.?

5. What time would you get dropped off in the afternoon if you live on California Avenue?

6. Where would the bus pick you up if you lived on Wall Street?

7. If you wanted to visit the LBI Library after school, what time would you arrive there?

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: To check your understanding of the lesson, answer the following questions.

  1. What is the difference between public and private transportation?
  2. Give two examples of personal transportation you can use to get someplace:
  3. Name one travel safety tip:
  4. Name one rideshare company you can use to transport you someplace: