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Unlawful Transit Conduct


Tacoma Municipal Code TMC 8.52.020 (numbers below) and the Revised Code of Washington RCW 9.91.025 (letters below) state a person is guilty of unlawful transit conduct and/or unlawful bus conduct if, while on or in a municipal transit vehicle as defined by RCW 46.04.355 as now or hereafter amended or reenacted, or in or at a municipal transit station, he or she:

TMC (8.52.020) / RCW (9.91.025)

  1. Transporting dangerous, flammable, or explosive materials.
  2. Discarding hazardous substances or automotive fluids.
  3. Obstructing transit vehicles, services, or passengers.
  4. Consuming or being under the influence of illicit drugs, alcohol, or any intoxicating beverage, or possessing open alcoholic beverage containers.
  5. Unreasonably disturbing or harassing others by being unruly, loud, harmful, raucous, or intimidating.
  6. Throwing an object with intent to do harm.
  7. Destroying, defacing, or damaging property.
  8. Gambling.
  9. Smoking or using electronic smoking devices within Tacoma city limits; or smoking outside Tacoma city limits, except in designated areas.
  10. Littering.
  11. Spitting.
  12. Urinating or defecating, except in a restroom.
  13. Playing sound-producing equipment without earphones or similar device.
  14. Skating or riding skateboard-type equipment.
  15. Possessing or trying to use an unissued transfer or fare media.
  16. Impersonating a transit employee.
  17. Engaging in other conduct inconsistent with transit operations and refusing to obey the lawful command(s) of an agent of the transit authority or a peace officer to cease such conduct.

Unlawful Transit Conduct (UTC) is a misdemeanor offense with a maximum fine of $1,000, incarceration for 90 days, or both fine and imprisonment. Violators may also be excluded from transit services.

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Assault on a Transit Employee. Assaulting a transit operator or any transit employee is a Class C Felony (RCW 9A.36.031). It is also a federal offense, and is punishable under the U.S. Patriot Act.

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