Pierce Transit, the Tacoma Police Department, and Tacoma Public Schools are partnering to crack down on youth misbehavior near local high schools, starting this morning:
Starting Friday, Oct. 30, Pierce Transit, the Tacoma Police Department, and the Tacoma Public Schools are partnering for “NOT ON OUR BUS,” a three week zero-tolerance enforcement operation of unlawful and disruptive conduct on bus routes, at transit centers, and at bus stops near certain high schools.
Uniformed Pierce Transit Police and Security Officers along with Tacoma Police Officers will increase their presence on buses and conduct spot checks of identified bus stops and boarding areas near high schools. Undercover Pierce Transit Police and Security Officers and Tacoma Police Officers will also be riding buses and monitoring transit centers to enforce the State of Washington and the City of Tacoma’s Unlawful Transit Conduct Codes.
Pierce Transit Routes: 1, 10, 11, 16, 51, 53
Pierce Transit Facilities: Lakewood Mall Transit Center, Tacoma Community College Transit Center, Tacoma Dome Station, Tacoma Mall Transit Center
Tacoma High Schools: Foss, Lincoln, Mt Tahoma, Stadium, Wilson
Riders [in violation] may be held immediately accountable by exclusion from Pierce Transit services for 90 days.
According to spokesman Lars Erickson, this effort was inspired by an incident with some students last September, as well as an increase in criminal and disruptive behavior by minors over the last three years.
As for how a transit ban is enforced, he said:
Our Pierce Transit Police Officers or Security Officers regularly issue exclusions. An alert with names, photos and violation information are posted in the operator’s lobby. Each violator’s info is put into a database, so we can track individuals and incidents. Our recidivism rate is less than 3%, which we consider exceptional.