Rules of the Road


Rules ensure safety and comfort for all passengers and the bus operator. Please observe the following rules when riding YCAT buses or using YCAT transit facilities (bus stops, maintenance yard, transit centers and administrative offices):


  • No smoking on buses, inside transit facilities or within 20 feet of the opening of a window or door at transit facilities per Arizona Revised Statutes 36-601.01

  • Eating and drinking is permitted provided that you dispose of the waste from eating or drinking.

  • Unsealed or consumption of alcoholic beverages are not permitted on public transit vehicles under Federal law.
  • Intoxicated passengers shall be refused service.
  • No standing in front of the white or yellow "standee" line, in doorways or stepwells while the bus is in motion.

  • No unnecessary conversation or interference with bus operator for safety reasons.

  • No fighting, using vulgar or offensive language, pushing, shouting or participating in rough behavior on the bus or at transit facilities.

  • All electronic devices in use require the use of headphones. Amplified music is not allowed on buses or at transit facilities.

  • No flammable, hazardous materials or weapons of kind (unless legally allowed under a concealed weapons permit or a law enforcement officer) shall be allowed on board the bus (except oxygen).

  • No large objects that cannot be held by the passenger placed under seat or out of the aisle way is allowed on board the bus. Bicycles, surfboards and strollers are permitted inside all YCAT vehicles provided that they do not constitute a hazard towards other passengers. Bicycles are allowed inside buses at the discretion of the bus operator and as space permits.

  • All animals brought on board must be in an approved pet carrier, except  service animals, which are trained to assist individuals with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). No animals that are uncaged or unmuzzled shall be allowed to ride the bus.

  • No signs or advertisements may be placed on board vehicles or facilities controlled or owned by YCIPTA. If you are interested in advertising, please visit our advertising page for more details.

  • No vandalism, defacing, destroying, damaging or placing graffiti on buses or at transit facilities.

  • No illegal activity of any kind shall be tolerated on board buses or at transit facilities.

  • All strollers, scooters, folding carts and large packages must be stowed away under the seat.

  • Rollerblades and skates are not allowed to be worn on buses.

  • Shoes and shirts are required to ride buses.

  • No littering on buses or at transit facilities.

  • No refuse (including recyclable items) on board buses.

  • Not paying the established fare or misuse of transfers, passes, tokens or tickets with the intent to evade fare payment are illegal.

  • Up to five shopping bags, luggage or packages are allowed. Bus operators cannot assist in carrying packages. These items must be stowed under the seat, in the passenger lap or out of the aisle way.

  • Have exact change ready as the bus operator cannot make change and no refunds are provided for overpayment.

  • Yield the seats in front of the bus for seniors and persons with disabilities as identified by a decal posted.

  • Never extend your body from, throw any object outside the window or door or ride on any part of the exterior of a bus.

  • Holding of meetings or ceremonies is prohibited on buses or at transit facilities.

  • Use of a transit facility or bus for sleeping, camping or general use in lieu of regular housing is illegal.

  • Improper use of the waiting area as a cooking, washing or toilet facility is illegal.

  • Children under the age of 9 may not ride YCAT buses or services unless accompanied by a fare paying passenger age 16 years old or older.

  • Any behavior which annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, health, peace and safety of others properly utilizing the transit facility or riding a bus is illegal.

  • A person who commits an assault or battery upon a transit operator with a deadly weapon or presents the ability to use a deadly weapon is subject to a class 6 felony. per Arizona Revised Statutes 13-1204.

  • Passengers must have a destination when riding YCAT buses. Passengers will be allowed two complete round trips on YCAT routes to allow for a passenger to access their appropriate destination. Passengers that do not have a destination or exceed the two round trips may be requested to leave the bus by the Bus Operator at the nearest transit center or major transfer point.

YCIPTA or its transit operations contractor reserve the right to refuse service to and/or suspend passengers who demonstrate disruptive and unsafe behavior or violates any of the rules and regulations presented above.

These rules are enforced and some are part of the Arizona Revised Statutes. Violation of rules may result in bus operator, law enforcement officer or YCIPTA official not permitting passenger to board the bus, imprisonment and/or a fine.

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