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Bus Safety Rules

Your MTD bus driver works hard to get you to your destination safely and on time. Traffic congestion and large numbers of passengers make keeping the bus on schedule a challenge! You can help by following these safety rules:

  • Arrive at the bus stop a few minutes before the bus is scheduled to depart.
  • Have your fare ready before the bus arrives and save time by using passes, tokens, or coins to pay your fare whenever possible.
  • Stand back from the curb and keep children away from the curb while waiting for the bus to arrive. Do not allow children to run into the path of the bus or other passengers.
  • If the approaching bus is the one you want, clearly flag the driver so that he or she knows to stop - standing safely in open view and giving a friendly wave or nod will do the trick. If the approaching bus is NOT the bus you want and you’re the only one at the bus stop, signal the driver to keep going.
  • Do not run after the bus if it is departing the stop. You could slip and injure yourself. If the bus has begun its departure, the driver cannot stop in the traffic lane to board passengers. At the Transit Center, the bus cannot board passengers after it has crossed the red line.
  • Board and exit the bus in an orderly manner, using the handrails for safety. Assist small children on and off the bus.
  • Take a seat as quickly as possible (one seat per person and please keep your feet off the seats). Keep children safe and seated when possible while on the bus.
  • Please observe priority seating for passengers who are elderly or passengers with disabilities.
  • Remain seated while the bus is moving. Do not sit in the aisle.
  • Stay behind the line on the floor behind the driver at all times.
  • Signal that you want to get off by pulling the cord. Remain seated until the bus stops. Exit through rear door.
  • After exiting the bus, cross the street at the nearest intersection or marked cross walk. Do not walk in front of the bus to cross the street unless the bus is stopped at a stop sign or a red light. Watch for traffic under all circumstances. Never run in front of the bus for any reason.


  • Never interfere with the driver’s ability to drive safely.
  • No smoking or using electronic cigattes on the bus, at the Transit Center, or within 20 feet of any bus stop.
  • No use of matches or lighters on the bus.
  • No eating or drinking on the bus.
  • No pushing, shoving or fighting.
  • No profanity. No threatening language or gestures.
  • No spitting or throwing any objects inside or out of the bus.
  • No hanging of any body parts or other items outside the bus window.
  • No vandalism.
  • No combustibles such as smoke bombs, fireworks, vehicle batteries, gasoline, paint, etc. on the bus.
  • Shirts and shoes are required in buses and in the Transit Center.
  • No use of audio devices without headphones.
  • Keep the volume of your conversations low - especially when talking on a cell phone.
  • Personal belongings must be stowed out of the aisle. Storage racks may be available.
  • Strollers must be folded and stowed out of the aisle and babies must be held securely.
  • Bicycles are not allowed inside the bus (except folding bikes held by passenger).
  • Surfboards under 6 ft are allowed in the buses.
  • Skateboards must be held or placed on the floor out of the aisle with the wheels up.
  • Service animals must be on a harness or leash at all times and either sit on the floor out of the aisle or be held in the passenger's lap.
  • Small animals in carriers may be brought on board.

Violation of these rules may result in refusal of service.

In general, be observant, alert, watchful and aware. If something doesn’t look quite right, alert your driver and/or report it to the authorities at 911. Take the initiative and become the community’s transit eyes and ears. We can all count on a safe ride if we look out for each other!

Please see the Bike & Bus page for additional rules pertaining to bicycles.