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Clallam Transit System (CTS) Passenger Code of Conduct

At Clallam Transit we take our riders' safety and comfort seriously. Please review our Passenger Code of Conduct and contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have.

 

(As adopted by the Transit Authority Board on December 19, 2017 for both CTS and subcontractors)

For the safety and comfort of all, Clallam Transit requires our customers to:

The following conduct is prohibited on CTS vehicles, within or upon CTS facilities and properties, and in connection with CTS’s provision of transportation services:

  1. Engaging in any conduct prohibited by RCW 9.91.025 or prohibited by any federal, state, or municipal civil or criminal law;
  2. Except in a designated place, chewing tobacco or smoking or carrying a lighted or smoldering pipe, cigar, cigarette, or e-cigarette;
  3. Discarding litter other than in designated receptacles;
  4. Dumping or discarding any materials on CTS property, including but not limited to hazardous substances and automotive fluids;
  5. Playing any radio, recorder, or other sound-producing equipment, except that nothing herein shall prohibit the use of such equipment when connected to earphones that limit the sound to individual listeners or the use of communication devices by CTS employees, CTS contractors, or public safety officers in the line of duty, or the use of private communication used to summon, notify, or communicate with other individuals (e.g. cellular telephones);
  6. Spitting, urinating, or defecating, except in the appropriate plumbing fixtures in restroom facilities;
  7. Failure to maintain a reasonable level of personal hygiene. It is not CTS’sobjective to enforce personal hygiene standards on the public, but in order to maintain a clean and safe environment to all who use and work upon CTS’s vehicles and property, passengers who may contaminate an area due to blood, urine, fecal matter, or other body fluids will be refused transportation. This includes those whose body odor is so offensive that others would complain and/or vacate the immediate area. This also includes odors which unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system, whether such odors arise from one’s person, clothes, articles, accompanying animal or any other source;
  8. Carrying any flammable liquid, explosive, acid, or other article or material likely to cause harm to others except that nothing herein shall prevent a person from carrying a cigarette, cigar, pipe lighter or carrying a firearm or ammunition in a way that is not otherwise prohibited by law or these Rules of Conduct;
  9. Obstructing or impeding the flow of CTS vehicles or passenger traffic or hindering or preventing access to CTS vehicles or property. This includes causing unreasonable delays in boarding or alighting, loading or unloading a bicycle, blocking or partially blocking an aisle or stairway with a package or object, carrying objects of a combined number or size which impede access to an aisle or passenger seat, occupying or reclining in more than one seat, or otherwise unlawfully interfering with the provision or use of public transportation services;
  10. Disturbing others by engaging in loud, raucous, unruly, harmful, aggressive, violent, or harassing behavior (flashing gang signs or displaying gang colors is considered harassing behavior);
  11. Destroying, defacing, or otherwise damaging CTS property;
  12. Possessing any open beverage container holding alcohol or possessing controlled substances, unless otherwise authorized by law;
  13. Carrying, exhibiting, displaying, or drawing any firearm, dagger, sword, knife or other cutting or stabbing instrument, club, or any other weapon capable of producing bodily harm, including tasers or stun guns, and pepper spray in a manner, under circumstances, and at a time and place that either manifest an intent to intimidate another or warrants alarm for the safety of other persons, unless otherwise authorized by law;
  14. Throwing an object at or out of CTS vehicles, facilities, or property, or throwing an object at any person on CTS property;
  15. Allowing any animal to occupy a seat on CTS vehicles or property, to run at large, to unreasonably disturb or intimidate others, to leave waste matter on CTS vehicles or property, to board CTS vehicles unless secured in an approved pet container/carrier (exception: service animals), or to interfere with CTS’s activities.
  16. Engaging in other conduct that is inconsistent with the intended purpose of the CTS facility, transit center, or vehicle and refusing to obey the lawful commands of a CTS agent or law enforcement officer to cease conduct;
  17. Roller skating, rollerblading, or skateboarding;
  18. Riding a bicycle, unicycle, moped, or other motorcycle, except where public vehicle travel and access is permitted;
  19. Failing to comply with CTS Bicycle Use Policy;
  20. Eating on CTS vehicles or in prohibited areas of CTS facilities and properties;
  21. Drinking, except from a spill-proof container, on CTS vehicles or in prohibited areas of CTS facilities and properties;
  22. Using a public address system, loudspeaker, or other sound-amplifying device, except as authorized by CTS or its designee;
  23. Using CTS property for residential or commercial parking purposes except as authorized by CTS, its designee, or by law;
  24. Operating, stopping, standing, or parking a vehicle in any roadway or location restricted for use only by CTS vehicles or otherwise restricted;
  25. Sitting or lying on floors of CTS vehicles or floors, sidewalks, asphalt, or other ground covering in or on CTS facilities and properties;
  26. Sleeping, camping, or storing personal property on benches or floors on or within CTS vehicles, facilities, or properties, unless otherwise authorized by law;
  27. Entering or remaining upon any non-public areas of CTS facilities or properties, including, but not limited to, staging areas, work areas, and equipment rooms, except when authorized by CTS or its designee;
  28. Entering CTS vehicles, facilities, or properties without wearing a shirt (or other suitable article of clothing adequately covering the upper body torso), shorts or pants which adequately cover the portion of the body between the waistline and thigh), and shoes (unless medical accommodation is preauthorized by CTS to allow for coverings other than shoes);
  29. Engaging in commercial activities, except when such activities are authorized by CTS or its designee in a written permit, license, concession contract, lease, or other written authorization;
  30. Engaging in public communication activities, except as such activities are authorized by Article IV and V;
  31. Engaging in any civic, cultural, or other special event, not included in the definitions of commercial or public communication activities in Article IV herein, except as such activities are authorized by CTS or its designee in a written permit, license, concession contract, lease, or other written authorization;
  32. Committing any act which tends to create or incite, or creates or incites, an immediate breach of peace, including, but not limited to,
    1. Fighting,
    2. Racing,
    3. Obscene language and noisy or boisterous conduct tending to cause a breach of the peace, and
    4. Personally abusive epithets or words or language of an offensive, disgusting, or insulting nature, which epithets, words, or language when addressed to a reasonable person causes anger or apprehension;
  33. Engaging in sexual activity with one’s self or others while riding or accessing CTS vehicles, facilities, or properties;
  34. Displaying or reading pornographic materials where others may see it;
  35. Engaging in gambling or any game of chance for the winning of money or anything else of value;
  36. Using CTS vehicles, facilities, or properties for non-transit-related activities, except as authorized by CTS or its designee;
  37. Entering CTS vehicles, facilities, or properties when lacking the ability to care for one’s self because of illness, intoxication, or medication(s);
  38. Extending an object or a portion of one’s body through the door or window of a CTS vehicle;
  39. Hanging or swinging on bars or stanchions with feet off the floor while on a CTS vehicles or CTS property or hanging onto or otherwise attaching one’s self to the exterior of a CTS vehicle or other CTS property;
  40. Engaging in any physical sport activity on CTS property;
  41. Loitering or “hanging out” (customers are expected to board the next scheduled CTS vehicle traveling in the direction of their destination);
  42. Refusing to allow proper securement of a wheelchair or other mobility device on CTS vehicles;
  43. Failure to pay the appropriate fare as required by CTS, falsely representing oneself as eligible for a special or reduced fare, or obtaining any permit or pass by making false representation;
  44. Falsely claiming to be a CTS Operator or other CTS employee or volunteer, or, through words, actions, deeds, and/or the use of clothes, insignia, or equipment resembling CTS-issued uniforms and equipment, creating a false impression that one is a CTS Operator or other CTS employee or volunteer;
  45. Interfering or tampering with mobile data computers, fareboxes, or any other equipment on CTS vehicles or property;
  46. Laying hands on or verbally intimidating a CTS Operator or CTS employee, including spitting on or throwing fluids or objects at them;
  47. Exceeding the number of no-shows allowed under Clallam Connect (paratransit) procedures, provided that trips missed are for reasons beyond the customer’s control shall not be counted as no-shows;
  48. Impeding Clallam Connect service through non-compliance with Clallam Connect procedures;
  49. Violating an Exclusion Order issued under these Rules of Conduct; and
  50. Unlawfully discharging a laser towards an Operator while they are driving or performing their duties, causing impairment of the safety or operation of a transit vehicle or causing an interruption or impairment of service by negatively affecting the Transit Operator (RCW 9A.49.020).

 

  • System Properties

Passengers may be excluded from CTS buses and facilities for not complying with this code of conduct. Depending upon the nature of the violation, passengers may also be prosecuted for violation of RCW 9.91.025 which regulates unlawful bus conduct. (See Below)

 

  • Bicycle Access

 

Bikes are allowed on a space available basis only.

Bike racks are available on all Clallam Transit routes. Bike rack availability on each bus is on a first come basis.

Riders are responsible for loading and unloading their own bikes. For safety reasons, the driver cannot leave the bus to assist. Riders must be physically able to load their own bikes. CTS is not responsible for damaged or loss resulting from improperly mounted bikes.

Motorized bikes are not allowed.

Bikes may loaded or unloaded at any posted bus stop. Remove all items from the bike that may interfere with mounting or could fall off during trip (bags, pumps, bottles, etc.)

Inform the driver if you are going to be loading or unloading a bike.

For your safety, please exit from the font door of the bus.

  • Lost and Found

Items found on a bus, in a shelter, or at a bus stop are taken to the Operations Dispatch Office at 830 W. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles. Inquiries can be made by calling (360) 452-4511 Ext. 2.

Items can be claimed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and are kept for 30 days.

  • Pet Policy

If you wish to transport a pet, the pet must be placed in a secured container with a lid.

 

Unlawful Bus Conduct

RCW 9.91.025

  1. A person is guilty of unlawful bus conduct if while on or in a municipal transit vehicle as defined by RCW 46.04.355 or in or at a municipal transit station and with knowledge that the conduct is prohibited, he or she:
    1. Except while in or at a municipal transit station, smokes or carries a lighted or smoldering pipe, cigar, or cigarette;
    2. Discards litter other than in designated receptacles;
    3. Plays any radio, recorder, or other sound-producing equipment except that nothing herein prohibits the use of the equipment when connected to earphones that limit the sound to individual listeners or the use of a communication device by an employee of the owner or operator of the municipal transit vehicle or municipal transit station;
    4. Spits or expectorates;
    5. Carries any flammable liquid, explosive, acid, or other article or material likely to cause harm to others except that nothing herein prevents a person from carrying a cigarette, cigar, or pipe lighter or carrying a firearm or ammunition in a way that is not otherwise prohibited by law;
    6. Intentionally obstructs or impedes the flow of municipal transit vehicles or passenger traffic, hinders or prevents access to municipal transit vehicles or stations, or otherwise unlawfully interferes with the provision or use of public transportation services;
    7. Intentionally disturbs others by engaging in loud, raucous, unruly, harmful, or harassing behavior; or
    8. Destroys, defaces, or otherwise damages property of a municipality as defined in RCW 35.58.272 or a regional transit authority authorized by chapter 81.112 RCW employed in the provision or use of public transportation services.
  2. For the purposes of this section, "municipal transit station" means all facilities, structures, lands, interest in lands, air rights over lands, and rights of way of all kinds that are owned, leased, held, or used by a municipality as defined in RCW 35.58.272, or a regional transit authority authorized by chapter 81.112 RCW for the purpose of providing public transportation services, including, but not limited to, park and ride lots, transit centers and tunnels, and bus shelters.
  3. Unlawful bus conduct is a misdemeanor.

[2004 c 118 § 1; 1994 c 45 § 4; 1992 c 77 § 1; 1984 c 167 § 1.]

Notes:

Findings -- Declaration -- Severability -- 1994 c 45: See notes following RCW 7.48.140.

Drinking in public conveyance: RCW 66.44.250.