Bus Operator Tip Tuesday

SamTrans launched a social media campaign in the spring of 2015 to provide tips on ways to make customers' rides more pleasant. Each Tuesday, a new tip is posted to the SamTransFacebook page and tweeted from the Marketing Department's Twitter account (@GoSamTrans).

  • Customer carry-on items may be brought on the bus if they can be held by the passenger & don’t take up seat space.
  • Board by the front door and exit out the back door (unless you need to let the operator know you're getting your bike off the rack)
  • Always use earphones to keep noise pollution onboard to a minimum.
  • Wait until the bus pulls away from the stop before crossing the street.
  • Please reserve the priority seats in the front of the bus for seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Remember to take your trash with you. Keep the bus clean for the next customer.
  • Watch and listen for special announcements and notices onboard the bus.
  • When the bus approaches your stop – especially at night – be sure you wave at the bus operator so he or she knows you want to be picked up.
  • For fun events & destinations you can access by SamTrans, pick up a copy of our Transit Fun Guide onboard or online.
  • Our buses have video cameras. Behave appropriately.
  • If the bus is crowded and customers are standing, please move towards the back to make room for others.
  • Play it safe. Try to be at your bus stop early.
  • We take pride in providing clean buses. Please help keep our buses clean: don’t put anything dirty on seats, including feet and soiled items.
  • If you see a suspicious package, don’t touch it. Tell the operator or call Transit Police (1-877-723-7245).
  • Exiting through the rear door (on buses with back doors) avoids congestion with those boarding. (Use the front door if getting your bike off the rack.)
  • Remember to take all your belongings with you. If you forget something on the bus, report it at www.samtrans.com/lost.
  • Pull/push the "Stop Request" in time for a safe stop. If you don't know what stop to use, tell the bus operator your destination. We're here to help.
  • Know your fare before you go. www.samtrans.com/fares
  • Be courteous and share the seat. Keep your bags and other belongings on your lap or under the seat in front of you.
  • Remove child and fold stroller before bus arrives.
  • Pay as you board. Using Clipper speeds the process and it’s convenient.
  • Keep your backpack, bags and other belongings out of the aisle. Clear path = safe path.
  • When walking to the door or changing seats, use handrails and seatback handles for your safety.
  • Have fare ready and pay before taking a seat.
  • Enjoy your ride.


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