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Pierce Transit Rules of the Road

To help ensure the safety, security, comfort and convenience of those who use our services, Pierce Transit regulates conduct on its buses and property. In simple terms, you need to show respect for your fellow passengers, transit employees and for the transit vehicles and facilities you use.

Everyone wins.

Transit passengers enjoy a safe, secure, comfortable and inviting atmosphere, and the overall efficiency of the transportation system improves.

It only takes one person to ruin the ride.

That’s why we take our “Rules of the Road” very seriously. Those who violate the Rules of the Road or Unlawful Transit Conduct (UTC) may be asked to leave the vehicle or facility immediately. Violators may be excluded from transit services for a period of 90 days up to one year. In addition, Pierce Transit Police and local law enforcement agencies can cite those in violation of UTC.

How you can help

Report any safety or security problems on the bus to the driver.

If situations prevent you from alerting the driver, and you see a serious crime being committed or a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 to report the problem when it’s safe to do so. If the incident is on a bus, be ready to give the route number, direction the bus is traveling, and the bus fleet number. Inside the bus, the fleet number appears in the right front corner, opposite the driver. Outside the bus, it appears on the outer bus corners. 

We appreciate your help in abiding by these Rules of the Road, and thank you for doing your part to ensure everyone has a safe and comfortable transit experience.

Rules of the Road

Pierce Transit’s Rules of the Road were developed to protect you and those with whom you ride. Adherence to these rules is mandatory and violators may be excluded from riding.

1. No use of alcohol

2. No smoking (traditional or electronic) except in designated areas.

3. No beverages in open containers.

4. No eating.

5. All animals must be kept in suitable containers except for service animals.

6. Sound producing devices must be played through earphones so that the sound is limited to an individual listener.

7. Speak quietly when using a mobile communications device.

8. Children may not be left in strollers. After finding a seat on the bus, remove the child from the stroller. Please fold your stroller to make room for others.

9. No lawn mowers or other gas-powered equipment.

10. Gasoline and flammable liquids are strictly prohibited at all times.

11. No explosives or corrosives.

12. Distributing flyers, pamphlets, brochures, or other written material is prohibited unless authorized under a Pierce Transit facilities use permit.

13. No unlawful firearms or weapons of any type.

14. Please keep children seated while on the bus.

15. Customers must wear shirts and shoes when on PT vehicles or in PT facilities.

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Trip Planner Help

Trip Planner Tips - Entering Locations

To create a trip plan you need to enter both a starting location (origin) and an ending location (destination). For information about stops, schedules, or service at a specific location, you only need to enter one location.

The Trip Planner recognizes most street intersections and addresses as well as many landmarks in Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties. If what you entered is not immediately recognized, the Trip Planner will offer you a list of options. You can choose one of the options, but if your intended location is not there, select the "Revise Original Entries" link to return to the entry page and change the entries you have already made.

Addresses

  • You don't need to type in the city along with the address. The Trip Planner shows the possible city names as options if needed. City names are based on zip codes.
  • You don't need to type in St., Street, Ave., or Avenue, or similar street types. The Trip Planner shows the possible alternatives as options if needed. (Example: type 110 Jones instead of 110 Jones Boulevard.)
  • You don't need to type in the directional designations for streets, but if a direction name is part of a street name, you should include it. (Example: type 1000 Main instead of 1000 S Main. But type 1000 West Viewmont for 1000 West Viewmont Way W.)
  • Some streets and addresses are unknown to the Trip Planner. You may need to enter another nearby location, such as an intersection or a landmark.
  • You should not enter the suite number or apartment number.  Just the house number and street name (Example: type in 401 Broadway instead of 401 Broadway Avenue Suite 800).

Intersections

  • The "&" symbol is the only character used between two street names to show an intersection. (Examples: 1st & B, James & Madison)
  • You don't need to type in the city. The Trip Planner shows the possible city names as options if needed. City names are based on zip codes.
  • You don't need to type in St., Street, Ave., or Avenue, or similar street types. The Trip Planner shows the possible alternatives as options if needed. (Example: type Conifer & Jones instead of Conifer Circle & Jones Boulevard.)
  • You don't need to type in the directional designations for streets, but if a direction name is part of a street name, you should include it. (Example: type 3rd & Main instead of 3rd S & S Main. But type 34th & West Viewmont for 34th W & West Viewmont Way W.)
  • Some streets are unknown to the Trip Planner. You may need to enter another nearby intersection or a landmark.

Landmarks

Government Sites: Pierce County Health Dept, Pierce Co Sheriffs Office, Tacoma City Hall

Major Commercial Sites: Tacoma Mall, Sheraton Hotel

Transportation Facilities: Sea-Tac Airport, Greyhound Bus Depot

Schools & Colleges: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Community College

Sports & Leisure: Cheney Stadium, Pt Defiance Zoo

Medical Facilities: Group Health, Tacoma General Hospital


 

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