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Join us for a ride on an iconic Melbourne tram as we explore words used to talk about public transport. 

In some Australian cities such as Melbourne and Adelaide a 'tram' is a common means of public transport.

‘Public transport’ refers a system of vehicles used by the public and it is very important to city life. Let's take a closer look at some useful words related to public transport.

Board

To 'board' means to get on to a vehicle such as a tram, bus or boat. 

"I board the tram to get to work every morning."

"Please board the train without pushing others!"

As a noun 'board' can refer to a long, thin piece of wood. 

"The carpenter nailed some boards across the broken door."

It can also refer to a place on a wall where we post information.

"Have you seen the notice board? There's a poster saying class is cancelled tomorrow."

We also refer to 'board games' such as chess and scrabble.

Melbourne commuters
Melbourne commuters.

Flickr CC: Alpha

Commuter

'Commuter' comes from the word 'commute'. To 'commute' means to travel between work and home.

"The commute from work to home is not very comfortable."

A 'commuter' is someone who travels between home and work. 

"The tram is packed with commuters every morning."

Alight

To 'alight' means to get off a train, bus or other form of transport.

"Visitors to the museum should alight at the next stop."

Note that it can also refer to setting something on fire.

"He set the books alight by accident."

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