Transportation

RT shelves proposal to eject smelly riders

The Sacramento Regional Transit board on Monday shelved a proposal that would have allowed transit officials to kick some riders off of buses and trains if those riders emanated a noxious odor.
The Sacramento Regional Transit board on Monday shelved a proposal that would have allowed transit officials to kick some riders off of buses and trains if those riders emanated a noxious odor. aalfaro@sacbee.com

The Sacramento Regional Transit board on Monday shelved a proposal that would have allowed transit officials to kick some riders off buses and trains if those riders emanated a noxious odor.

Board Chairman Jay Schenirer called the proposal “an overreach,” and several homeless advocates testified that such a rule would be discriminatory.

Several community members also said during the board hearing that such a rule would be subjective and asked whether someone wearing perfume or cologne also would also be told to leave.

The Regional Transit board, however, did approve a proposal that riders must wear shirts, pants and shoes, and cannot play music that can be heard by others on trains and buses. Regional Transit board member Jeff Harris said the new rules are part of what he calls a social contract among riders to help make the transit experience a comfortable one.

Notably, the existing RT administrative code contains a general prohibition of "any other conduct that interferes with the safe, pleasant, convenient and efficient provision of transit services."

Board chair Schenirer acknowledged that catch-all provision gives RT security staff the latitude to address bad behavior that could potentially include bad smells

Tony Bizjak: 916-321-1059, @TonyBizjak

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