6 Easy Steps to Riding the Bus
1. Hail the Bus As the bus approaches, if you are able move to the curb and raise your arm to attract the operator's attention.
2. Board and Pay Your Fare Please stay behind the curb until the bus has made a complete stop. Carefully step into the bus using the handrails. Be ready to deposit your money, valid transfer, or ticket into the farebox located next to the operator. Exact change is required since operators do not give change. If you have an RT monthly pass, please slide its magnetic strip through the farebox reader. If you have an RT photo ID pass, please show it to the operator so he/she can verify if the sticker is valid.
3. Ask for a Transfer If you will be transferring to another bus or light rail, ask the bus operator for a transfer when you board. Transfers are an additional 25 cents (10 cents for passengers paying a discount fare). Transfers will not be given out at any other time and are not issued for Central City/Shuttle fares..
4. Take a Seat or StandIf all seats are full, stand behind the white line and hold onto handrails. Do not stand or sit in stairwells. Note that the seats in front are reserved for senior and disabled passengers.
5. Stop RequestPull the bell cord at least one block before your stop to let the bus operator know where you want to exit.
6. Exit at the RearGather your personal belongings and walk to the rear door. Step down or push the button to open the door. Using the handrails, carefully step down into the stairwell and onto the curb. 5
Easy Steps to Riding Light Rail
1. Buy/Validate TicketBefore you board, you must have a valid RT ticket or pass. Fare vending machinesare located at each light rail station. Prepaid tickets MUST be validated in the station’s ticket machine or validator BEFORE boarding the train.
2. Go to Boarding AreaLook for the station signs indicating the direction of travel. For your safety, please stand behind the yellow caution strip.
3. Board TrainAfter the train has come to a complete stop, push the button to open the doors. Use the handrail as you step up into the train. When you are traveling with children, always hold their hand when boarding or exiting the train. Doors will close automatically. Passengers who have difficulty climbing steps or wheelchair passengers may use the elevated ramp at the front of the train for boarding.
4. Stop RequestWhen approaching the station where you wish to exit, push the yellow stop request button located on the post at each doorway (in most cases, the train will stop at all stations).
5. Exit TrainWait until the train has come to a complete stop. Press the door open/stop request button on the post at the doorway to open your door. Use the handrail as you step down. If the doors begin to close simply stand on the bottom step and the door will return to the open position, or push the door open/stop request button again. If the doors begin to close on the older light rail trains, simply push them back on the rubber strip, or push the door open/stop request button again.Light Rail Safety TipsFor Rail Safety Information from the Operation Lifesaver program please Click Here!
1. Train Approaching StationPlease stand behind the yellow caution strip as the train approaches. Do not touch the sides of the train while it is still in motion. Wait until the train has come to a complete stop before pushing the button to open the doors.
2. Train Departing StationWait until the train pulls out of the station before crossing the tracks to the other side of the station. Be aware that another train may be approaching in the opposite direction.
3. Tracks & BridgesLight rail tracks are located in public streets and in restricted right of way areas. It’s not only unsafe but against the law to walk along light rail tracks and trespass on bridges or underpasses.
4. Traveling with Children or a GroupWhen you are traveling with children, always hold their hand when boarding or exiting the train. Doors are timed to close after boarding or exiting trains. Children or adults can be left behind if you do not board together. If you are separated from your group, call 321-2877 or tell the light rail operator or a uniformed RT employee.
5. Climbing Between Light Rail VehiclesClimbing or riding on couplers between light rail vehicles is prohibited. Serious and fatal accidents may happen when people attempt to climb over couplers between light rail vehicles.