The AZ Republic had a brief story this morning talking about the fact that the city of Tempe will vote on new light rail rules Aug. 14, and Phoenix and Mesa are expected to review them soon after. Jyme Sue McLaren, Tempe's Deputy Public Works manager (fyi, she is REALLY nice ) was quoted as saying "We worked for a year and a half. It took that long for all three cities to agree upon the significant elements that ended up . . . reflected in the ordinances."
Most of the rules, in our opinion, will be easily followed by people using something called "common sense." Stuff like; do not put your dirty shoes on or lie down upon light-rail seats, travel with large pets, smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol aboard the train, don't "expectorate, defecate, urinate . . . in or upon a transit vehicle, transit property or transit facility." Seriously, is there really a need to "relieve yourself" on the train? (ok so I'm sure you have something "funny" to say about this)
We recently wrote about a few of the posted Light Rail Rules and here is an addition to the list as mentioned by the AZ Republic.
Proposed light-rail rules
The Tempe ordinances are civil violations, which generally carry a $50 fine in Arizona. Court and other fees tagged onto the fines vary by city.
• No loitering at transit stations or stops for more than an hour.
• No boom boxes. Listening to music is allowed if a person uses ear or headphones and the music cannot be heard by other passengers.
• No posting signs or notices on transit property without written permission from the transit company.
• Violate a rule twice and expect a 90-day Metro-transit ban.
Nothing real big here…One would hope we never have to worry about breaking the first listed rule by actually waiting on a train! 🙂 The second one is a big thank you but I'm sure there will be people on the trains with their head sets cranked to where we will "get" to listen along with them. The third rule, heck, I was looking forward to the "make money from home" and the "I'll paint your home" advertisements. For those that "violate" twice, I'm not sure exactly how this will be enforced but their ban is less than what I would propose. 🙂 I believe public comments are still being taken. If you have something to add, you can contact the city council in Mesa, Tempe or Phoenix or you can try the Metro hotline at 602-253-5000.
I know I have mentioned these gals before but for all of the people in AZ that are or will be new to public transportation, you really should read "Muni Manners." Great, common sense info delivered very well.
The paper mentioned this "Online link to more proposed Tempe rail rules:" www.tempe.gov/PublicBodies/Docs/Council/Supporting Documents/20080722pwjsm01.pdf which I couldn't get to work. Maybe the agreement between Metro and Tempe will have some more info on rules if you really want to know more… Or, I'll update later when I find a few minutes to check it out…