Safety & Security
For the safety and comfort of all customers, everyone must obey the rules. They’re the law. Any person who violates these rules is guilty of a misdemeanor in accordance with RCW 9.91.025 and may be asked to leave the facility and/or bus, as well as risk suspension of their privilege to use SVT services or enter Mt. Si Senior Center.
We appreciate your help in abiding by the rules of transit conduct. And we thank you for doing your part to keep our buses and facilities safe, clean, and enjoyable for all.
Rider Code of Conduct
Ride right. SVT asks that riders conduct themselves in a way that shows respect for drivers, fellow riders and the vehicles. Everyone benefits by riding right. Riders enjoy a safe, secure, comfortable and inviting atmosphere, and the overall efficiency of the transportation system improves. A driver may ask any rider to get off the bus for violations of these rules.
Common Sense Guidelines
SVT’s Code of Conduct can be summed up with the following common-sense guidelines:
• Pay the right fare
• Respect other riders privacy
• Do not cause safety problems
• Use headphones
• No eating, smoking or littering
• No alcoholic beverages
• Do not harass driver or other riders
• Do not lie down on the seats
• Respect SVT property
• Use SVT services for transportation purposes only
Infractions can result in a citation and fine up to $250.
1. Bringing onto an SVT bus any package or other object which blocks an aisle or stairway or occupies a seat if to do so would, in the driver’s sole discretion, cause a danger to, or displace, riders or expected riders
2. Allowing any animal to occupy a seat on transit property, to run at large without a leash, to unreasonably disturb others, or obstruct flow of passenger or bus traffic. An animal may occupy a rider’s lap while in a bus
3. Allowing his or her animal to leave waste on the bus
4. Eating or drinking, with the following exception: Drinking a nonalcoholic beverage from a container designed to prevent spillage is permitted on the bus.
5. Riding bus for the purpose of sleeping rather than for their intended transportation-related purposes
6. Extending an object or a portion of one’s body through the door or window of a bus while it is in motion
7. Hanging or swinging on bars or stanchions, with feet off the floor, inside a vehicle; hanging onto or otherwise attaching oneself at any time to the exterior of a bus
Misdemeanors can result in a citation and fine up to $1,000, and/or arrest and imprisonment in the county jail for not more than ninety (90) days.
1. Intentionally obstructing or impeding the flow of bus or passenger movement, causing unreasonable delays in boarding or de-boarding, reclining or occupying more than one seat, or in any way interfering with the provision or use of SVT services
2. Smoking or carrying a lighted or smoldering pipe, cigar or cigarette while in a bus
3. Discarding litter other than in designated receptacles
4. Playing any sound-producing device except when the equipment is connected to earphones that limit the sound to the individual listener. However, the use of communication devices by driver or public safety officers in the line of duty is permitted, as is the use of private communication devices used to summon, notify or communicate with other individuals (pagers or cell phones).
5. Spitting, expectorating, urinating or defecating except in restroom facilities
6. Unreasonably disturbing others by engaging in loud, raucous, unruly, harmful, abusive or harassing behavior
7. Defacing, destroying or otherwise vandalizing the vehicle or any signs, notices or advertisements on the vehicle
8. Drinking an alcoholic beverage or possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage
9. Dumping any materials whatsoever on transit property, including but not limited to chemicals and automotive fluids
10. Throwing an object at the vehicle or at any person on the bus or transit property
11. Failing to pay the appropriate fare
12. Falsely representing oneself as eligible for special services by making a false representation
13. Falsely claiming to be a driver or other transit employee; or through words, actions and/or the use of clothes, insignia or equipment resembling department-issued uniforms and equipment, creating a false impression that he or she is a driver or other SVT employee
14. Bringing onto the vehicle odors which unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system, whether such odors arise from one’s person, clothes and articles, accompanying animal or any other source
15. Engaging in gambling or any game of chance for the winning of money or anything of value
You may bring a reasonable number of items with you. No one item may exceed 40 pounds. For safety reasons, we cannot transport large items such as furniture, appliances, etc. To ensure plenty of room for our riders refrain from bringing items that cannot fit between seats or be secured. The number and the size of the packages should be manageable enough for you and/or your attendant to carry in a single trip. The driver is also able to assist you with one trip to and from the bus. The driver may not get out of sight of the bus or leave it unattended with riders on board.
A child may remain in a stroller and ride on the bus, if:
- Collapses to allow for storage – infants taken out of strollers must have appropriate car seats;
- Stroller is equipped with brakes, which must be locked;
- Stroller does NOT block aisles, doors, steps, or emergency exits;
- Stroller is controlled by an adult at all times; and (if not collapsed) is in a space designed for wheelchairs.
If the wheelchair spaces are occupied or at any time during the trip need to be occupied by a passenger using a wheelchair, the parent or guardian must remove the child and fold the stroller. Children with special needs may remain in the stroller. If the bus is too full to safely stow away the stroller, then the passenger with the stroller will be asked to exit and wait for the next available bus. For safety reasons, we recommend that riders with children in strollers back them down the ramp when exiting the bus.
Breastfeeding mothers are protected under state anti-discrimination law, and can breastfeed their children in places of public accommodation such as restaurants, pools, theaters, government buildings, museums, libraries, buses, or parks. Click here for more info
Car seats are required on our Demand Response service.
Please see Washington’s Child Passenger Restraint Law (RCW 46.61.687) which requires: Children under age 8, unless they are 4’9″ tall (which ever comes first), must be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system (car seat or booster seat).
Car seats are NOT required on our Valley Shuttle service.