The times I do take the bus, it's usually because I am walking and it happens to be there, but most of the time I either ride a bike, or pay to take a ride share service like lyft. It's not worth it to spend $2.25 and take 1 hour to go 5 kilometers, when I can pay $11 and get there in 20. I am lucky that SF is relatively small in size and its prohibitively expensive to use a car here. I'd hate to see how much a cab ride from the suburbs of Chicago to downtown would cost.
Luck, that's when preparation and opportunity meet. -- P.E. Trudeau