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66 Provided here is the local ordinance adopted by the Cache Val- ley Transit District that governs passenger behavior and provides authority for the transit agency to deal with disruptive passengers. [Note that the words âheâ and âhisâ are used throughout this Policy without regard to the actual gender of the person.] CaChe Valley TransiT DisTriCT Conduct Policy on CVTD Property The Cache Valley Transit District, henceforth referred to as the âCVTD,â is dedicated to providing quality public transit services to all members of the community and visitors regardless of age, sex, race, or national origin. The Cache Valley Transit District is also committed to providing a pleasant and safe atmosphere for all of its patrons, and expects that all of its patrons will abide by generally accepted social norms of behavior. This policy applies to all pas- sengers and employees of the Cache Valley Transit District. 1. âCVTD propertyâ: structures, vehicles, bus stops, or public or private rights-of-way used primarily by the CVTD for public transit operations. 2. âMinorâ: a person who is 17 years of age or younger. 3. âTerminalâ: bus stop, transit center, or bus garage. Prohibited Conduct 1. Youth under the age of 10 are not permitted to ride CVTD services without being accompanied by an individual 10 years of age or older. Individuals who are between the ages of 10 years and 18 years of age may escort children under 10 years of age. 2. Alcohol and tobacco. No person shall possess an open con- tainer of alcoholic beverage on a transit vehicle or within a transit facility. No person shall ingest intoxicating liquor, or smoke tobacco or other products in or upon any transit vehicle or transit facility. Any person reasonably believed to be unlawfully under the influence of alcohol may be refused admittance to any transit facility or transit vehicle. 3. No person shall bring or carry on CVTD property a live animal other than a service animal, except the operator or transit public safety officer. Authorized representatives may give permission for a non-service animal to be brought in or on CVTD property as long as such animal remains in an enclosed carry-on, does not obstruct the free movement of passengers within any transit vehicle or transit facility, and does not create a nuisance to the operator or passengers. 4. No person shall fail to vacate seats reserved on a transit vehicle for a senior or disabled person when requested to do so by a CVTD representative. If all such seats are held by senior or disabled persons, the representative may designate additional seating as reserved. 5. No person shall place their feet on the seats of any CVTD property. 6. No consumption of food or beverage is allowed on a transit vehicle. No person shall bring food or beverage aboard a transit vehicle that is not kept in an enclosed container. This restriction does not preclude groceries being transported from a grocery store. 7. No person shall falsely hold themselves out to be an employee or a transit public safety officer. 8. No property, rubbish, trash, or debris may be discarded, deposited, or abandoned in or upon a transit vehicle or facil- ity other than in a proper trash receptacle provided for that purpose. 9. No person shall loiter in or about a transit facility in a manner and under circumstances manifesting the purpose to engage in acts of misconduct including, but not limited to, exhibi- tionism, solicitation, malicious mischief, or acts of indecent exposure. 10. No person shall bring or carry aboard a transit vehicle any package or article of a size that will block any aisle or stair- way on the vehicle. 11. No unauthorized person shall place, permit, or cause to be placed any notice or advertisement upon any transit vehicle or transit facility. 12. No person shall deface, destroy, litter, or otherwise misuse the restroom facilities located at any transit facility. 13. No person furnished transportation on a CVTD system bus shall be permitted to distribute any form of literature if such distribution causes a nuisance, disagreement, or discomfort for the other passengers on the bus. Distribution of litera- ture shall be permitted if such distribution is done in a safe, polite, and non-offensive manner. A person distributing literature shall cease to do so upon the request of the bus driver or other authorized CVTD employee. 14. No person shall be permitted to engage in conversation that is unwelcome or if a person has requested the conver- sation to end. If an authorized CVTD employee requests the person to cease conversations with others because a complaint has been filed, then that person will cease the conversation. 15. No person shall be allowed to create a public nuisance as defined by Utahâs Criminal Code, Section 76-10-801 and 76-10-803. If such a nuisance is caused the person will be asked to stop the behavior that is causing the nuisance; if the behavior is not stopped then the person will be asked to leave the premise. 16. No person shall threaten to breach or breach the peace on any transit vehicle or facility. 17. No person may create a hazardous or offensive condition on any vehicle or facility including: A: Brandishing or discharging a firearm; B: Threatening with or assaulting any person with any weapon; C: Threatening with or igniting any flammable substance; D: Spitting, defecating, urinating, or discarding any offensive substance in or on a transit vehicle, facil- ity, or any person; E: Initiating or circulating a report, knowing it to be false, concerning an alleged or impending fire, explo- sion, bomb, crime, catastrophe, or other emergency; F: Activating the âemergency stopâ device of a transit vehicle in the absence of an emergency; and G: Subjecting any other person to offensive physical contact, extortion, harassment, or intimidation; or engaging in lewd or obscene behavior. aPPenDix D local Ordinance Governing rider Behavior on a Fare-Free system
67 18. No person shall, with the intent of causing public inconve- nience, annoyance, or alarm within any transit vehicle or facility; A: Engage in fighting, or violent or threatening behavior; B: Make excessive and unnecessary noise; C: Use abusive, obscene, profane, or vulgar language, or make obscene gestures; and D: Interfere with the duties of any operator, public safety officer, or authorized representative. 19. No person shall fail to obey a reasonable request or lawful directive of an operator, representative, public safety officer, or other person in charge or control of a transit vehicle or facility. 20. No person shall extend any portion of his body through any door or window of a transit vehicle while it is in motion. 21. No person shall hang onto or attach himself to an exterior part of a transit vehicle. 22. No person shall park a private vehicle on transit facility boarding zone or safety zone. 23. No person shall ride a skateboard, roller skates, or roller blades on any transit vehicle or facility. 24. No person shall seize or exercise control, by force or vio- lence, of any transit vehicle or facility. 25. No person shall be permitted on CVTD property that has a contagious or infectious disease. 26. No passenger may âRefuse to leave a Cache Valley Transit District bus, terminal, or shelter after having been ordered to do so by the operator or other designated agent of the Cache Valley Transit District.â In the event that a person has been ordered to leave a CVTD bus or CVTD property by a designated agent of the CVTD, he will not be allowed on CVTD property until such time that his riding privileges are formally restored. If he is found to be present on CVTD property before his riding privileges are formally restored, the CVTD will summon the police to have him arrested for trespassing. 27. In order for a personâs riding privileges to be restored, he must personally meet with the general manager or his des- ignated representative; if a minor, his parent or designated guardian must be present. At this meeting, a determination will be made as to the validity of the purported conduct upon which access to CVTD service or property was suspended. 28. If a determination is made by the general manager or his designated representative that the behavior was indeed inappropriate, the personâs riding privileges will be sus- pended according to the Sanction Schedule detailed below. If the general manager or designee determines that extenu- ating circumstances led to the revocation of the personâs riding privileges, his riding privileges will be immediately restored. 29. If a personâs riding privileges are suspended, and he wishes to regain his privileges, he will be required to sign a âcontractâ (see Attachment A) indicating: a. He understands that the behavior cited was inap- propriate; b. He understands the ordinances and policies govern- ing his behavior; and c. He understands that similar prohibited conduct will lead to further sanctions. The general manager will take a picture of the person, which will be posted in the operations facility; this picture cannot be used for any other purpose than to inform CVTD representatives that the personâs riding privileges have been restored. 30. Sanction Schedule: as indicated, if the general manager or designee determines that a personâs riding privileges are indeed suspended, he may not have access to CVTD service or property for the following periods: a. First infraction: the personâs riding privileges will be suspended for two calendar weeks from the date of the meeting with the general manager or designee. b. Second infraction: the personâs riding privileges will be suspended for two months from the date of the meeting with the general manager or designee. c. Third infraction: the personâs riding privileges will be suspended for one calendar year or more from the date of the meeting with the general manager or designee. These actions to suspend may be in addition to those fines, actions, or sanctions applied through the civil or crimi- nal ordinance/statutes of the state of Utah, or the federal government. 31. In the event that a person causes intentional damage to CVTD property, the police will be summoned to arrest the offender and criminal charges filed in accordance with established local, state, and federal statutes. In addition, restitution for all costs will be sought from the offender (or parents/guard- ians in the case of a minor). Until such time that full restitu- tion is paid, the personâs riding privileges will be suspended at least as long as the sanctions identified above. 32. In the event that an article is thrown at or from CVTD prop- erty, the police may be summoned to arrest the offender and criminal charges filed in accordance with established local, state, and federal statutes.
68 ________________________ Name ________________________ Street Address ________________________ Phone Number CVTD aGreemenT FOr reinsTaTemenT OF TransiT riDe PriVileGes I, ________________________________________agree, in return for my Cache Valley Transit District ride privileges, to abide by the rules, regulations, and policies of the Cache Valley Transit District in accordance with CVTD Policy Conduct Ordinance, and Utah State Law, which indicate a variety of conduct that are prohibited/precluded on transit vehicles and on transit property. I have a received a copy of the CVTD Conduct Policy. I understand that the bus driver and any other transit official have the authority to ask me to leave the bus and/or transit property if, by my conduct, I disturb other passengers and/or interfere with the safe operation of the transit service. I understand that if I refuse to leave, the police will be summoned to eject me, and that appropriate charges may be leveled against me. _____________________________________________________ __________________ Citizenâs Signature Date _____________________________________________________ __________________ Parent/Guardian (where appropriate) Date _____________________________________________________ __________________ General Manager or designee Date _____________________________________________________ __________________ Project Manager or designee Date