Will a new code of conduct approved by MARTA Monday make you more likely to ride public transportation?
The MARTA Board of Directors approved “Ride
With Respect,” a new policy to help improve the overall customer
experience by addressing nuisance behaviors with penalties including
possible suspension from the transit system. The policy
goes into effect Nov. 9.
“Ride With Respect” was prompted by concerns from
existing and potential MARTA customers.
Under the new code of conduct, prohibited
activities include solicitation, selling goods or services, loud music,
spitting, littering, eating on transit vehicles, drinking on transit
vehicles without re-sealable drink containers, fighting
and disruptive behavior – many of which are also violations of state
law and could result in arrest.
“Moving forward, MARTA will no longer tolerate bad
behavior on our system,” said Frederick L. Daniels Jr., MARTA board chairman.
The policy –
along with a more robust police presence, new vehicle security cameras
and a mobile phone app to report problems – will make MARTA more
attractive and help customers feel more comfortable, said Keith T. Parker, MARTA’s general manager and CEO.
What do you think of the new code? Tell us in the comments section below.
This report includes portions of a MARTA statement.