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 Sacramento Regional Transit
  Ordinance §15.0

 

This is a summary of the fully enacted ordinance SRT §15.0

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§15.3 - 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

§15.3.A - 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.

§15.3.B - 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.

§15.3.C - Smoking 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.

§15.3.D - Expectorating upon a system facility or vehicle.

§15.3.E - 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.

§15.3.F - Sale 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.

§15.3.G - 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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§15.3.H - Misuse of a transfer, pass, ticket, or token with the intent to evade the payment of a fare.

§15.3.I - 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.

§15.3.J - Willfully disturbing others on or in a system facility or vehicle by engaging in boisterous or unruly behavior.

§15.3.K - Carrying an explosive, acid, or flammable liquid in a public transit facility or vehicle.

§15.3.L - 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.

§15.3.M - 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.

§15.3.N - Willfully tampering with, removing, displacing, injuring, or destroying any part of any facility or vehicle of a public transportation system.

§15.3.O - Failing to yield reserved seating for an elderly or disabled person.

§15.4 - Conduct prohibited under Penal Code Section 640.5

§15.5 - Any act prohibited under Public Utilities 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:

§15.5.A - Trespass, 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.

§15.5.B - Interfere with the operator or operation of a transit vehicle, or impede the safe boarding or alighting of passengers.

§15.5.C - 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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§15.5.F - 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:

§15.5.F.1 - 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.

§15.5.F.2 - 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.

§15.5.F.3 - 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.

§15.5.F.4 - 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 Vehicle.

§15.5.F.5 - 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.

§15.5.F.6 - 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 Beverage.

§15.5.F.7 - Boarding a Vehicle, or remaining on board a Vehicle, while in possession of a Prohibited Carry-On Bag.

§15.5.F.8 - 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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§15.5.G - 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.

§15.5.H - 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 following:

§15.5.H.1 - Carry more than one Bicycle at the same time onto a Vehicle;

§15.5.H.2 - Stow more than one Bicycle inside a Vehicle;

§15.5.H.3 - Carry a Bicycle onto a Bus that has an exterior Bicycle carrier mounted on it;

§15.5.H.4 - Board the front Rail Car (based upon the Rail Car’s direction of travel at the time of boarding), if that person:

§15.5.H.4.a - Boards with a Bicycle at other than the rearmost door of that Rail Car;

§15.5.H.4.b - Stows a Bicycle at other than the rearmost location inside that Rail Car; or

§15.5.H.4.c - Boards with or stows a Bicycle when two or more Bicycles are already stowed in that Rail Car at the time of boarding;

§15.5.H.5 - Board the front Rail Car Board any Rail Car coupled behind the front Rail Car and:

§15.5.H.5.a - Boards or stows a Bicycle at other than the rearmost or front of trailing Rail Car.

 

§15.5.H.5.b - Boards or stows a Bicycle at any door where two or more Bicycles are already stowed.

§15.5.H.6 - Carries a Bicycle onto a Replica Streetcar or a Historic Streetcar.

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§15.6 - As 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.

§15.7 - 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 Rail passes.

§15.8 - Pursuant to Public Utilities Code Section 102122, no person, other than an authorized RT employee or agent, may do any of the following:

§15.8.A - 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 transit service.

§15.8.B - Climb upon or attach himself or herself to any Vehicle or Facility except as the Vehicle or Facility was designed to be used.

§15.8.C - Enter upon the roadbed, tracks, structures or other parts of a Facility not open to the public.          

§15.8.D - Remove, displace, injure, destroy, or obstruct any part of a Facility, including without limitation, an RT track, switch, turnout, bridge and culvert.

§15.8.E - 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.

§15.8.F - Enter a Paid Fare Zone unless:

 §15.8.F.1 - 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.

§15.8.F.2 - The person alights from a Vehicle, having paid the applicable fare and either:

§15.8.F.2.a - Leaves the Paid Fare Zone without delay; or

§15.8.F.2.b - 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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§15.8.G - Enter a Light Rail Station without a marked Paid Fare Zone or the portion of a Light Rail Station outside a Paid Fare Zone unless:

§15.8.G.1 - The person alights from a Vehicle and either:

§15.8.G.1.a - Leaves the Light Rail Station without delay; or

§15.8.G.1.b - 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;

§15.8.G.2 - 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:

§15.8.G.2.a - The 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 delay; or

§15.8.G.2.b - 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 Station.

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.

§15.8.H - Enter a Light Rail Station while operating a vehicle, as defined in the Vehicle Code, unless the person operating the vehicle:

§15.8.H.1 - Parks the vehicle in the area designated for vehicle parking and boards the next Vehicle as provided in Section F or G; or

 

§15.8.H.2 - parks in the area designated for passenger loading or vehicle parking and:

§15.8.H.2.a - 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 capacity; or

 

§15.8.H.2.b - 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

§15.8.I - The provisions of 15.8.F, 15.8.G or 15.8.H do not apply to a person who is:

§15.8.I.1 - 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.

 

§15.8.I.2 - 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.

 

§15.8.I.3 - 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 applicable.

 

§15.8.I.4 - Performing construction, maintenance, operations, event set-up, or other work or services at a Light Rail Station as authorized by RT.

 

§15.8.I.5 - Performing a regulatory function as authorized by applicable law or an agreement between RT and the regulating entity.

§15.8.I.6 - 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 agreement.

§15.9 - 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 prohibition 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.

 

§15.10 - 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.

 

Excluding 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 for the first and each subsequent offense.

 

§15.11 - 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.

 

§15.12 - 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.

 

§15.13 - 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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