Rules and etiquette

Read on for the basic rules we have for riding public transit, so that we can all enjoy a safe ride.

Rider pro tips

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.

  • 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 racks or under the seat.
  • Respect the privacy of other passengers.
  • Use audio/video equipment only with headphones.
  • Carry food and drinks in closed containers.
  • Wear shirts and shoes 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.
  • Do not eat onboard buses and trains.
  • Do not smoke or vape.
  • Do not litter.
  • Do not consume alcohol or drugs.
  • Do not carry hazardous, explosive or corrosive materials.
  • Do not carry unlawful weapons or firearms.
  • Do not solicit.
  • Do not loiter.
  • 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

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 remove 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 procedure 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.

Because transit brings together a lot of people in a small space, we ask all of our customers to follow these 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.

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. Stainless steel star plaques mark permitted busking sites. For questions regarding busking at the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, contact King County Metro.

If interested in busking, please comply with busker guidelines.

Large groups should submit a large group performance request.

Service animals are welcome on all of our buses and trains at no additional charge. Please have complete control of your animal while on board.