How to Stay Alert and Stay Safe on Public Transportation

Public transit is a great way to get around. It saves you money, it’s efficient and it’s better for the environment than driving your car.

And with a little common sense, public transit is definitely a safe way to commute. Follow the guidelines below to help make public transportation a secure environment for everyone.

Stay Alert


  • Always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you, day or night.
  • Use caution while using your cell phone or when wearing headphones while waiting on station platforms.
  • Trust your instincts. If someone or something makes you feel uneasy, move away, change seats and ask for help.

Stay with Others 


  • Travel with another rider or in a group.
  • Stay near other people.

Speak Up


  • Scan your surroundings and report anything suspicious.
  • Ask a Conductor for help.
  • Share your concerns with a security guard or police officer.
  • Call 800-371-5465 (LINK) to report.

Station Safety


  • Look both ways before walking through parking lots. Use the marked crosswalks where provided.
  • Watch your surroundings. Leave any places in which you are uncomfortable.
  • Remove all valuables from plain view inside your vehicle.
  • Park in well-lighted areas. Avoid parking in secluded parts of a parking lot. Stick to high traffic areas
  • Observe all signs and signals on the platform and at pedestrian crossings


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