Bus Safety Tips

Hampton Roads Transit wants you to be safe when riding our buses. Just follow these safety tips and enjoy the ride:

While waiting…

  • Use designated crosswalks and sidewalks to reach the bus stop. Never walk in a traffic lane.
  • Always wait for buses on the sidewalk at designated stops/shelters.
  • Always stand 2-3 feet from the curb and wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the bus.

When boarding…

  • Always enter the bus through the front door.
  • Allow others to exit before boarding.
  • Keep children close and board together.
  • Be sure to use the handrails to avoid slipping and/or falling.
  • Never cross in front of or behind the bus.

While riding…

  • Give elderly and disabled persons priority seating located near the front of bus.
  • Always stand behind the yellow line.
  • Never stand in the stairwell while the bus is in motion.
  • Avoid conversation with the driver while the bus is in motion; conversations lead to distracting the driver.
  • Don’t lean or press on the doors while bus is in motion.
  • Stay seated unless you are holding on to a handrail.
  • Keep hands, feet and items clear from closing doors.
  • Keep your head and arms inside the bus window.
  • Keep your feet on the floor and do not extend arms, legs or personal items into the aisle.
  • Wheelchair passengers are advised to use the shoulder restraint when riding.

When exiting…

  • Always wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before leaving your seat and exiting the bus.
  • Always exit the bus through the door nearest you.
  • Step onto the sidewalk – don’t walk between the side of the bus and the curb.
  • Use designated crosswalks when exiting the bus. Never walk in a traffic lane.
  • Always wait for the bus to pull off before crossing the street.

Additional tips…

  • Never run after a bus after it has pulled away from the stop.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • If you drop something near the bus, wait until the bus has pulled away before attempting to pick it up.