Be bright. Shine your light!
With the end of Daylight Saving Time comes more hours of darkness in the evening. Whether you’re walking to a bus stop or standing at one while it’s dark outside, Pierce Transit encourages you to think about the importance of being seen by passing motorists. Here are some tips to help you be seen, and be safe. They can also help your bus driver spot you at a bus stop after dark:
- Use your phone. With your phone lit, wave it slightly to ensure the driver sees you. If you’re using a flashlight app or strobe light app, please don’t shine it directly at the bus.
- Wear light or bright colors. Choose a light-colored or bright coat and/or accessories, such as a hat, backpack or scarf.
- Attach safety lights to your clothing or bags. These small solid or blinking lights are inexpensive and easy to find.
- Carry a flashlight. When the bus approaches, shine your flashlight onto the ground and wave it slightly to catch the bus driver’s attention. Please do not shine it directly at the bus and/or into the driver’s eyes.
- Wear reflective gear. Inexpensive safety vests and other reflective gear are available at local retailers or online.
To further help, Pierce Transit has installed reflective material on many bus stop poles. These will help bus drivers see the stops more clearly and can be used to catch the driver’s attention if you wave your hand in front of it as the bus approaches.
Be bright. Shine your light!
Ride in Safety
Pierce Transit employs 5 different law enforcement agencies to ensure your ride is safe and enjoyable. Ride in peace and know we stand behind you, everywhere you go.
For everyone’s safety and comfort, Pierce Transit regulates conduct on its buses and transit properties.
In simple terms, you need to show respect for your fellow passengers, transit employees and for the transit vehicles and facilities you use.
It only takes one person to ruin the ride.
Those who violate the Rules of the Ride, federal, state or local laws, or Unlawful Transit Conduct (UTC) laws may be asked to leave the vehicle or facility immediately. Violators may be excluded from transit services for a period of up to one year. In addition, Pierce Transit Police and/or Safety, or local law enforcement agencies can cite those in violation of UTC. If you have a question or a concern email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Ride, and thank you for doing your part to ensure everyone has a safe and comfortable transit experience.
Rules of the RIDE
Pierce Transit’s Rules of the Ride were developed to protect you and those with whom you ride. Adherence to these rules is mandatory and violators may be excluded from riding.