Rules for riding

Whether you're on a bus or a train, follow these basic rules to help make everyone's ride on Sound Transit services enjoyable and safe

Basic rules for bus and train passengers

  • Animals: Service animals are allowed on Sound Transit buses and trains. Pets may ride if they are carried in small containers.
  • Pay the correct fare on the bus; on platforms and trains, have fare ready for fare inspectors.
  • Hold personal items, store in overhead rack or under the seat.
  • Respect the privacy of other passengers.
  • Use audio/video equipment only with headphones.
  • Carry food and drinks in closed containers.
  • Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Do not lie down or place feet on seats.
  • Do not interfere with operator/conductor while operating the vehicle.
  • Do not harass other riders.
  • Do not engage in loud or unruly behavior.
  • No eating.
  • No smoking or vaping.
  • No littering.
  • No alcohol consumption.
  • No hazardous, explosive or corrosive materials.
  • No unlawful weapons or firearms.
  • No soliciting.
  • No loitering.
  • Do not leave bags unattended.

RCW 81.112.220, 81.112.210, 81.112.230, 9.91.025, 9A.36.031, TCM 8.52.020

Expulsion and suspension

If you violate these rules or other federal, state or local laws on or at a Sound Transit vehicle or facility, Sound Transit Police are authorized to evict you from the bus or train and/or ban you from riding for a specific period of time. You may receive verbal notice of expulsion or written notice of suspension from Sound Transit or its partner agencies. Failure to comply with either may subject you to arrest and/or prosecution for criminal trespass. You have the right to review or appeal a suspension. Read Sound Transit's Expulsion and Suspension Policy, as well as the board resolution related to expulsion and suspension. You can obtain more information about Sound Transit's procedures and process by contacting Sound Transit Police at 206-903-7676. 

Passenger courtesies

Because transit brings together a lot of people in a small space we ask all of our customers to follow these recommended courtesies:

  • Allow persons with disabilities and senior citizens priority seats.
  • Don't reserve places by putting items on seats.
  • Respect the privacy of other passengers.
  • Keep your cell phone on vibrate and speak in a low voice.
  • Speak in conversational tones with your seatmates and other riders.

We appreciate your help and thank you for riding.

Busking at stations

Sound Transit has expanded its street performer (busker) program to eight Link light rail stations. In addition to its University of Washington and Capitol Hill test sites, Sound Transit's busking program now includes Beacon Hill, Mount Baker, Columbia City, Othello, Tukwila Int'l Blvd. and Angle Lake stations. Approved performance sites are marked with a stainless steel star plaque.

PDF iconIf interested in busking, please comply with busker guidelines.