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Safety and Security

 

Learn how to stay safe during your MAX Transit experience.

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY

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BJCTA wants every passenger’s ride to be a pleasant one. However, our first priority is the safety of our riders. Being a well informed rider can greatly reduce the risk of injury to yourself or other passengers while riding the bus. Pass this information on to family members and friends who use the bus. We want all of our riders to know how to use the BJCTA transit system safely. Educating yourself and your family about safety and security aboard transit vehicles is important. BJCTA buses are designed to be user-friendly, fast, convenient, and most importantly, safe. Take a few minutes to become aware of your surroundings. In an emergency, always follow the instructions of uniformed BJCTA personnel, police and fire officials.

Safety Rules

BJCTA cares about you and your safety. Here are some simple rules to ensure your safety.

  1. Bus Operators are not allowed to stop and board passengers once the bus has pulled away from the curb in a station or bus stop. Please try to be at bus bay/stop five minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

  2. Collapsible or folding baby strollers are allowed on the bus, but must be folded while on board and the aisle should not be blocked.

  3. Please ring the bell one block before your stop to allow the Operator enough time to bring the bus to a safe stop.

  4. To prevent tripping hazards, do not extend your legs or other items into the aisle.

  5. Please refrain from talking to the bus operator while the bus is in motion.

  6. Please allow other passengers to exit before entering.

  7. Be sure to use the handrails when going down the steps.

  8. If you are going to cross the street after getting off the bus, wait for the bus to leave and be aware of oncoming traffic. Never cross in front of a bus.

  9. Cross streets only in designated cross walks, and be sure to obey all traffic signals.

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General Safety

Recreational equipment such as skateboards, roller skates or roller blades are not allowed on BJCTA property or buses.

  1. Beware of pickpockets that may be near you if you become jostled in a crowd.

  2. Hold your purse tightly, close to your body.

  3. Always keep your wallet in a front pocket or inside coat pocket, or in a buttoned hip pocket.

  4. Only 1 to 2 grocery bags are allowed on buses and must not take up a seat or block the aisle.

  5. If you are carrying a buggy, it must be folded upon boarding and not block the aisle.

  6. If you are traveling with children it is important that they are well supervised.

  7. To prevent separation from children, be sure to board together.

  8. Strollers should be folded upon boarding.

  9. When exiting the bus, always leave with children in front of you, never behind you.

Additional Safety Contacts

For more safety related information you can contact the entities below

CAPS

CAP, City Action Partnership, is a nonprofit organization enabled by state legislation and city ordinance to provides services in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Click below for more information.

Local Police

For more information about the Birmingham Police Department ckick the link below.

National Threat Advisory

For more information about the National Threat Advisory please cvlick the link below.

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