Some say it’s beneath them. Some cant live without it. But no matter how you slice it, public transportation is a part of many people’s daily lives. When traveling to new cities, public transportation is a great way to see the city without renting a car. That ride to work on a bus or train might feel like routine—you board, pull out the paper and ear buds and zone out. But if you take a moment and open your eyes, there are many lessons all around you.