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The following conduct, including any act prohibited by
Penal Code Section 640,
is criminally punishable in the manner set forth in the code
section, this Title, or the
Ordinance on which this Title is based, as applicable
Eating or drinking in or on a system facility or
vehicle in areas where those activities are prohibited by that
system. Eating, or drinking is prohibited in a Vehicle except that a
person in a Vehicle may drink a non-alcoholic beverage if that
beverage is kept in a container that is designed to be spill -proof
or spill-resistant when drinking from the container, and the person
only drinks from the container when the spill-proof or
spill-resistant feature is being used properly.
Playing unreasonably loud sound equipment on or
in a system facility or vehicle, or failing to comply with the
warning of a transit official related to disturbing another
person by loud or unreasonable noise.
in or on a system facility or vehicle in areas where those
activities are prohibited by that system. Smoking is prohibited in
all Vehicles and within any Facility where a “no smoking” sign is
posted. Signs are posted at entrances to stations other signs
identifying Rules and Laws for using the transit system.
Expectorating upon a system facility or vehicle.
Skateboarding, roller skating, Bicycle riding, rollerblading, or
operating a motorized scooter or similar device, as defined in
Section 407.5 of the Vehicle Code in a system facility, vehicle, or
parking structure. This paragraph does not apply to an activity that
is necessary for utilization of the transit facility by a bicyclist,
including, but not limited to, an activity that is necessary for
parking a Bicycle or transporting a Bicycle aboard a transit
vehicle, if that activity is conducted with the permission of the
transit agency in a manner that does not interfere with the safety
of the bicyclist or other patrons of the transit facility.
or peddling of any goods, merchandise, property, or services of any
kind whatsoever on the facilities, vehicles, or property of the
public transportation system, if the public transportation system
has prohibited those acts and neither the public transportation
system nor its duly authorized representatives have granted written
consent to engage in those acts.
Evasion of the payment of fare of the system. For purposes of this
section, fare evasion includes entering an enclosed area of a public
transit facility beyond posted signs prohibiting entrance without
obtaining valid fare, in addition to entering a transit vehicle
without valid fare.
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Failing to yield reserved seating for an elderly or disabled person.
Misuse of a transfer, pass, ticket, or token with the intent to
evade the payment of a fare.
Unauthorized use of a discount ticket or failure to present, upon
request from a transit system representative, acceptable proof of
eligibility to use a discount ticket, in accordance with Section
99155 of the Public Utilities Code and posted system identification
policies when entering or exiting a transit station or vehicle.
Acceptable proof of eligibility must be clearly defined in the
posting. In the event that an eligible discount ticket user is not
in possession of acceptable proof at the time of request, any
citation issued shall be held for a period of 72 hours to allow the
user to produce acceptable proof. If the proof is provided, the
citation shall be voided. If the proof is not produced within that
time period, the citation shall be processed.
Willfully disturbing others on or in a system facility or vehicle by
engaging in boisterous or unruly behavior.
Carrying an explosive, acid, or flammable liquid in a public transit
facility or vehicle.
Urinating or defecating in a system facility or vehicle, except in a
lavatory. However, this paragraph shall not apply to a person who
cannot comply with this paragraph as a result of a disability, age,
or a medical condition.
Willfully blocking the free movement of another person in a system
facility or vehicle. This paragraph shall not be interpreted to
affect any lawful activities permitted or First Amendment rights
protected under the laws of this state or applicable federal law,
including, but not limited to, laws related to collective
bargaining, labor relations, or labor disputes.
Willfully tampering with, removing, displacing, injuring, or
destroying any part of any facility or vehicle of a public
Conduct prohibited under
Penal Code Section 640.5
- Any act prohibited under
Code Section 99170,
provided that RT provides reasonable notice to the public of the
activities prohibited by this Section and the penalties for
violations of those prohibitions, including the following:
Operate, interfere with, enter into, or climb on or in, the
property, facilities, or vehicles owned or operated by the transit
district without the permission or approval of the transit district.
Interfere with the operator or operation of a transit vehicle, or
impede the safe boarding or alighting of passengers.
Extend any portion of the body through a window opening of a transit
vehicle in a manner that may cause harm or injury.
§15.5.D - Throw
an object from a transit vehicle.
§15.5.E - Commit
an act or engage in a behavior that may, with reasonable foreseeability, cause harm or injury to any person or property.
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Violate a notice, prohibition, instruction, or direction on a sign
that is intended to provide for the safety and security of transit
passengers, or the safe and secure operation of the transit system.
RT has determined that the following conduct interferes with the
safety and security of transit passengers and the safe and secure
operation of the transit system and is prohibited:
Boarding a Vehicle with an EPAMD, except in the following
circumstances: (1) if the person is disabled and uses the EPAMD
as a mobility device and, in such event, the EPAMD must be
stored only at the wheelchair area or tie-down location in the
Vehicle; or (2) a non- disabled person may board a Rail Car with
an EPAMD if the person uses the steps to board the Rail Car and
stows the EPAMD in the space reserved for Bicycles.
Occupying seats designated for seniors and the disabled, unless
the person meets the definition of a senior or disabled person
as set forth in the RT Fare Structure.
Transporting animals unless: (a) the animal is a guide, service,
or signal animal that has been specially trained to assist
persons with disabilities and is on a leash or under the control
of the person transporting it; or (b) the animal is in a
completely enclosed and secured cage or carrying case that is
small enough to fit on the person's lap and the animal does not
otherwise endanger or annoy other persons.
Engaging in conduct that results in the occupation of more than
one seat at a time when there is a heavy passenger load on the
Riding in a Vehicle with a Stroller/Utility Cart unless, prior
to boarding, the children or goods are removed and the
Stroller/Utility Cart is folded and/or stored so that it does
not block the aisle or the areas reserved for persons in
wheelchairs or who use mobility aids.
Entering into or being upon any Facility or Vehicle with any
bottle, can or other receptacle containing any Alcoholic
Beverage that has been opened, or a seal broken, or the contents
of which have been partially removed; or consuming any Alcoholic
Boarding a Vehicle, or remaining on board a Vehicle, while in
possession of a Prohibited Carry-On Bag.
Violating any notice, prohibition, instruction, or direction on
any sign at a Facility or on a Vehicle that is intended to
provide for the safety and security of RT passengers or for the
safe and secure operation of RT's transit system.
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Knowingly give false information to an RT employee, or contracted
security officer, engaged in the enforcement of a district ordinance
or a state law, or otherwise obstruct the issuance of a citation for
the violation of a district ordinance or a state law.
Violate any of the conditions established by a transit district
ordinance under which a passenger may board a transit vehicle with a
Bicycle and where that Bicycle may be stowed on the transit vehicle.
This ordinance establishes that no person may do any of the
Carry more than one Bicycle at the same time onto a Vehicle;
Stow more than one Bicycle inside a Vehicle;
Carry a Bicycle onto a Bus that has an exterior Bicycle carrier
mounted on it;
Board the front Rail Car (based upon the Rail Car’s direction of
travel at the time of boarding), if that person:
- Boards with
a Bicycle at other than the rearmost door of that Rail Car;
- Stows a Bicycle at other than the rearmost location inside that
Rail Car; or
- Boards with or stows a Bicycle when two or more
Bicycles are already stowed in that Rail Car at the time of
Board the front Rail Car
Board any Rail Car coupled behind the front Rail Car and:
or stows a Bicycle at other than the rearmost
or front of trailing Rail Car.
- Boards or stows a Bicycle at any
door where two or more Bicycles are already stowed.
- Carries a Bicycle onto a Replica Streetcar or a Historic
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set out in Vehicle Code Sections 22521 and 22656, parking a vehicle
on RT’s Light Rail track or within 7 ½ feet of the nearest rail.
Parking a vehicle in violation of Vehicle Code Section 22500, or the
parking ordinances of a city or county that has authorized
Inspectors to enforce its parking ordinances, including but not
limited to, parking a vehicle at designated bus and/or light rail
loading zones or on RT property that is posted as a no-parking area,
as set out in any existing or future memoranda of understanding
between RT and any city or county through which RT’s Bus or Light
Pursuant to Public Utilities Code Section 102122, no person, other
than an authorized RT employee or agent, may do any of the
Leaves the Paid Fare Zone
without delay; or
Interfere with the operation of a Vehicle or any Facility used
to provide access to a Vehicle. The term “interfere” includes
acting in a manner that could impair: a) the safety of any
person; or b) RT’s provision of safe, efficient and convenient
Climb upon or attach himself or herself to any Vehicle or
Facility except as the Vehicle or Facility was designed to be
Enter upon the roadbed, tracks, structures or other parts of a
Facility not open to the public.
Remove, displace, injure, destroy, or obstruct any part of a
Facility, including without limitation, an RT track, switch,
turnout, bridge and culvert.
Occupy a bus bench or shelter at a bus stop unless the person
boards the next Vehicle, arriving at the stop traveling in the
passenger's direction of travel or the person occupies the
facility to accompany or meet another person ("the Passenger")
who will either be boarding onto or is expected to alight from
the next Vehicle arriving at the stop traveling in the
Passenger's direction of travel. For purposes of this Section,
"Vehicle" includes a bus operated by another public transit
agency, if the bus is authorized by RT to use the stop.
Enter a Paid Fare Zone unless:
The person is in possession of valid fare or promptly
purchases valid fare from a fare vending machine and boards
the next Vehicle arriving at the Light Rail Station
traveling in the person’s direction of travel.
The person alights from
a Vehicle, having paid the applicable fare and either:
- If the person is transferring to a different
Light Rail line, boards the next Vehicle arriving at the Light
Rail Station traveling in the passenger’s direction of travel.
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a Light Rail Station without a marked Paid Fare Zone or the
portion of a Light Rail Station outside a Paid Fare Zone unless:
- The person alights from a Vehicle and either:
Leaves the Light Rail Station
without delay; or
- If transferring to a different Light Rail
line or bus, boards the next Vehicle arriving at the Light Rail
Station traveling in the passenger’s direction of travel;
- Enters a Light Rail
Station to accompany or meet another person (“the
Passenger”) who will either be boarding or is expected to
alight from the next Vehicle at the Light Rail Station
traveling in the passenger’s direction of travel (“Next
Vehicle”), subject to the following:
person may enter a Light Rail Station to drop off the Passenger
no sooner than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled arrival of the
next Vehicle unless a longer period is required for the
Passenger to board taking into consideration factors affecting
mobility such as age or disability, schedule delays, and
Vehicles that are full to capacity. Once the Passenger boards a
Vehicle, the person must leave the Light Rail Station without
- If the Passenger who is to be picked-up fails to
alight from the next Vehicle, the person may stay an additional
15 minutes to wait for the next Vehicle scheduled to arrive
traveling in the Passenger’s direction of travel (“second
Vehicle”), unless a longer period is required due to schedule
delays or Vehicles that are full to capacity. If the Passenger
does not alight from the second Vehicle, the person must leave
the Light Rail Station immediately after the second Vehicle
leaves the Light Rail Station. For purposes of this Section,
“Vehicle” includes a bus operated by another public transit
agency, if the bus is authorized by RT to use the Light Rail
This Section does not prohibit any person from engaging in
activities that are protected under federal and state laws,
including without limitation, picketing, demonstrating,
distributing handbills, or circulating petitions outside of a
Paid Fare Zone.
- Enter a Light Rail Station while operating a vehicle, as
defined in the Vehicle Code, unless the person operating the
- Parks the vehicle in the area designated for vehicle
parking and boards the next Vehicle as provided in
Section F or G; or
- parks in the area designated for passenger loading or
vehicle parking and:
- Removes the vehicle
from the Light Rail Station without delay after the
Passenger boarding the next Vehicle has been
dropped-off. If the Passenger needs assistance in
boarding, the person may accompany the Passenger to
the platform but must remove the vehicle from the
Light Rail Station without delay after the Passenger
boards the next Vehicle. A person may enter a Light
Rail Station to drop off the Passenger no sooner
than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled arrival of
the Vehicle traveling to the Passenger's
destination, unless a longer period is required due
to schedule delays or Vehicles that are full to
- Removes the vehicle
from the Light Rail Station without delay after the
Passenger alighting from the Next Vehicle has been
picked up. If the Passenger who is to be picked up
fails to alight from the next Vehicle, the person
may stay an additional 15 minutes to wait for the
next Vehicle scheduled to arrive traveling in the
Passenger's direction of travel.s
- The provisions of 15.8.F, 15.8.G or 15.8.H do not apply to a
person who is:
- Attending an RT-authorized event at a Light Rail
Station to which the person is invited when that person
remains within those areas of the Light Rail Station
that are open for the event on the day and during hours
of operation of the event. RT or any third party that RT
authorizes to conduct an event at a Light Rail Station
must post the following information at each entrance to
the event or in prominent locations at the event site if
the event does not have controlled access points:
whether the event is open to the public or by invitation
only, the event date.
- Touring or inspecting a Light Rail Station as an RT
invitee when the invitee is in the presence of the RT
representative who is conducting or accompanying the
tour or inspection.
- Retailing goods or services at a Light Rail Station in
accordance with the terms and conditions of an RT
permit, license, lease, or other agreement, as
- Performing construction, maintenance, operations,
event set-up, or other work or services at a Light Rail
Station as authorized by RT.
- Performing a regulatory function as authorized by
applicable law or an agreement between RT and the
- Authorized by RT to be present or park his or her
vehicle at the Light Rail Station under the terms of a
lease, license, right of entry or other written
- Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit the presence or
use of any device or implement used by a disabled person to gain
equal access to and use of the transportation services provided
by RT at any location within a Facility or on a Vehicle if such
would constitute unlawful
discrimination under the Americans With Disabilities Act or
1990, as amended, and its
implementing regulations, or if RT otherwise authorizes the
presence or use of the device
or implement under Title XII of the RT Administrative Code.
- Violations of the Penal Code or Vehicle Code as set forth
above shall be subject to the penalties set forth in the
applicable Penal Code or Vehicle Code section.
15.8.H, violations of Sections 15.5 and 15.8 are infractions
punishable by a fine not to exceed $75 for the first offense
and, for the second or subsequent offense, a fine not to exceed
$250 or by community service which does not conflict with the
violator's hours of school attendance or employment for a total
time not to exceed 48 hours over a period not to exceed 60 days.
Violation of Section
15.8.H is an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed $25
first and each subsequent offense.
- Inspectors are hereby designated as having the duty and the
authority under Penal Code 836.5 to enforce the
provisions of this Ordinance, Penal Code Sections 640 and
640.5, Public Utilities Code Section 99170, Vehicle Code
Sections 22521, 22651, and 22656 and, subject to approval by the
City of Sacramento and/or County of Sacramento, the parking
provisions set out in Vehicle Code Section 22500 and the
parking ordinances of the City of Sacramento and the County of
Sacramento. Such duty and authority includes, without
limitation, arresting a person without a warrant and releasing
the person, issuing parking tickets and towing vehicles.
- This Title and the Ordinance on which it is based shall be
liberally construed to effectuate its purposes. The provisions
of this Title and the Ordinance on which is based are severable.
If any of the provisions, clauses, sentences, sections,
subsections, words, or portions thereof is held illegal,
invalid, unconstitutional, or inapplicable to any person or
circumstance, such portion shall be deemed, to the maximum
extent possible, a separate, distinct, and independent
provision, so that such illegality, invalidity,
unconstitutionality, or inapplicability shall not affect or
impair any of the remaining provisions, clauses, sentences,
sections, subsections, words or portions of this Title or the
Ordinance on which it is based or their application to other
persons or circumstances. If any section, subsection, sentence,
clause, phrase, or portion of this Title or the Ordinance on
which it is based is for any reason held invalid or
unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, the
invalidity shall not affect the remaining portions of this Title
or the Ordinance on which it is based.
- This Title will become effective 30 days after the date of the
passage of the Ordinance on which it is based or, as applicable,
any amendment or restatement thereof.
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