What are the rules to ride bus and light rail?

At VTA, our goal is to provide customers with a safe, comfortable trip every time they ride our system. Clean vehicles, reliable service, and nice amenities like WiFi on the light rail, are just a few things that can make taking transit an enjoyable way to get around our county. To help ensure a safe and comfortable experience for our riders we have created a few basic rules we ask everybody to follow:

Poster showing dos and don't of riding VTA
  • No smoking or vaping on vehicles, stops, stations or transit centers.
  • No flammable materials allowed
  • No graffiti
  • No music without headphones
  • No food or open drink containers
  • No open alcohol containers (or consumption)
  • Shirts and shoes required
  • One seat per person
  • Put trash in designated receptacles
  • Purchase your fare before boarding light rail. Please have payment or fare ready when boarding buses
  • Never interfere with the safe operation of a light rail vehicle or bus
  • Don't ride bicycles, skateboards or rollerblades on VTA property
  • It is unlawful to violate any sign or posted prohibition while on VTA property
  • All passengers must deboard at final stops
  • Fold strollers prior to boarding
  • Never extend your body from or ride on the outside of a light rail vehicle or bus
  • Never throw an object from a light rail vehicle or bus
  • Holding of meetings or ceremonies is prohibited

Failure to comply with any of the rules mentioned above while on VTA property is in violation of one or more of the following: California Penal Code 594640, or Public Utility Code (PUC) 99170. Violation of PUC 99170 is punishable up to the maximum amount allowed by law.

It is unlawful for any person to possess any of the following items on a bus, train or transit facility:

  1. Any firearm
  2. Any imitation firearm as defined in California Penal Code (CPC) Section 417.4
  3. Any instrument that expels a metallic projectile, such as a BB or pellet, through the force of air pressure, CO2 pressure, or spring action, or any spot marker gun or paint gun
  4. Any metal military practice, metal or plastic replica hand grenade
  5. Any unauthorized tear gas weapon
  6. Any undetectable knife, as described in CPC Section 17290.

Violators will be prosecuted to the maximum penalty allowed by law pursuant to CPC 171.7(b).