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Bus Safety Tips

Code of Conduct

Municipal and state ordinances state that failure to comply with the following may result in criminal prosecution.

  • Pay the proper fare.
  • No smoking, eating, or drinking on the bus.
  • Do not bring weapons onto the bus.
  • Only service animals and small pets in cages or carriers are allowed to ride.
  • Do not solicit money or distribute literature on the bus.
  • Do not be disruptive.

Bus Courtesy

  • Exercise common courtesy so that everyone has a pleasant experience.
  • Be at the designated bus stop five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled arrival time.
  • Have your fare ready; UMKC ID card, cash, transfer, or monthly pass. Bus operators do not make change.
  • Let passengers off the bus before you get on.
  • Shirt/top and shoes are required to ride the bus. Hoods or masks must be removed when you board the bus.
  • Respect fellow passengers and the bus operator. Treat them as you would wish to be treated.
  • Use appropriate language and content in your conversations. No cursing; use your inside voice.
  • Use earphones to listen to personal entertainment devices.
  • The front seats are designated for the elderly or persons with disabilities. Please accommodate them even if it means you must stand for your trip.
  • If a passenger boards while carrying a child on a full bus, kindly offer them your seat.
  • Do not lie down or take more room than you need.
  • Limit personal items to those you can personally carry.
  • Keep your feet off the seat.

Bus Safety

Follow these important safety rules so that everyone arrives safely at their destination.

  • Remember, it is unsafe to board after the bus leaves a stop.
  • Keep valuable items between your side and the wall of the vehicle, not on the aisle side of you where they could be grabbed by someone deboarding. Maintain a firm hold on all personal items you place on the floor, and keep aisles and doorways clear of personal items.
  • Travel with a companion when possible, especially at night.
  • When possible, sit up front, close to the driver so that s/he can see you.
  • After boarding, move behind the yellow line to ensure the operator can see his right outside mirror and through the bus doors.
  • Be familiar with the bus schedule - particularly when the last bus runs. Have cab fare and taxi phone number in case you are stranded.
  • Have a seat. If you must stand, hold on to the stanchion bars or straps.
  • Move out of the aisle if possible to make way for boarding and alighting passengers.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at bus stops and when on public transportation. Stay alert even when listening to MP3 players, talking on your cell phone, reading, etc.
  • Be wary of strangers wanting to borrow your cell phone or asking for money.
  • Ring the bell in a timely manner before your intended stop, allowing the bus operator ample time to stop smoothly and safely.
  • Exit at the rear door when possible.
  • After alighting, move a safe distance from the bus.
  • NEVER cross (step) in front of the bus, unless it is stopped at a red light.
  • Don't be reluctant to move away from a passenger who makes you feel uncomfortable or is bothering you. If they persist, notify the operator.
  • Notify the police of any crime as soon as possible.