Rules to Ride

Rules and Policies of the Bus

State law (RCW 9.91.025) and Rural Transit policy determines appropriate transit behavior. Violators may be banned from service, fined, or arrested. Riders may not:

  • Ride continuously – i.e., all riders must exit the bus within one full round trip.
  • Smoke, including but not limited to tobacco, marijuana, electronic, cigarettes, vaping, rolling or chewing tobacco.
  • Consume an alcoholic beverage, carry an open alcoholic beverage, or be intoxicated.
  • Discard litter, other than in designated receptacles. Dump or discard any materials at a transit stop, including hazardous materials or automotive fluids. Carry any dangerous materials on the vehicle.
  • Carry a firearm in a way that causes alarm. This does not prevent a passenger from carrying a firearm or ammunition in a way that is not otherwise prohibited by law.
  • Board without wearing a shirt, pants/shorts, and shoes.
  • Harass drivers, other employees, or riders.
  • Disturb others by engaging in loud, raucous, unruly, harmful, threatening, or harassing behavior, including the use of profanity.
  • Play music/other audio that can be heard by others (headphones are allowed).
  • Sleep, lie down, or occupy more than one seat.
  • Deface or damage property.
  • Refuse to move from seats designated to accommodate passengers with disabilities, using mobility devices and seniors.
  • Obstruct or impede the flow of transit vehicles or passenger traffic.
  • Engage in gambling or games of chance for the winning of money or anything of value.

Riders must maintain a reasonable level of personal hygiene.

Riders must not violate federal, state, or municipal laws.

Riders must follow bus operator directions.

Stroller Policy

  • Collapsible strollers are allowed on the bus if the stroller is collapsed, and the child is removed.
  • The stroller must be always controlled by an adult.
  • The stroller cannot block aisles, doors, steps, or emergency exits.

Animal Policy

  • Riders may not bring animals on the bus, except in suitable containers unless the animal is a service animal.
  • Rural Transit allows service animals on all buses. Washington State Law states that a service animal “is an animal that is trained for the purpose of assisting or accommodating a sensory, mental, or physical disability of a person with a disability.” (RCW 49.60.40(24)). These working animals: may be any breed of dog; are permitted to go wherever their handler is permitted to go; are allowed even if others have fears of/allergies to dogs; must be always under the handler’s control (harness/ leash); must be housebroken; and may not pose a legitimate, direct threat to health and safety of others. 
  • Pets are not service animals. Service Animals in Training and Comfort/Emotional Support animals are not service animals. 
  • Drivers may ask two questions when a disability is not obvious. Individuals traveling with an animal must be able to answer these questions.
    1. Is the animal a pet?
    2. What is the animal trained to do for you?