Sacramento's New Transportation Rules Have Some Claiming Discrimination

Sacramento's transportation officials have recently approved new rules that ban loud or sleeping people from buses and light rail trains. They also tried to ban smelly riders, but that did not pass.

The proposals come as Sacramento enjoys a downtown building boom that will eventually add a high-end basketball arena and a soccer stadium.

Alane Masui, spokeswoman for the Sacramento Regional Transit District said, "If we can make it more attractive or make it more enjoyable to use the light rail or bus, then people are more apt to use it." Sacramento has struggled to attract middle-class riders to its bus and light rail system.

Last year, nearly 7,000 customers contacted the transit system's customer advocacy department, which mostly takes complaints, and transit officials also reported 318 crimes. During the weekdays, the system has around 98,000 boardings. Under the ordinance, passengers will no longer be allowed to get on a bus or train unless they are covered "above and below the waist" and wearing shoes.

In addition, they will be banned from playing sound equipment that is audible to other passengers and will be banned from sleeping on a train that has reached the end of the line. Refusal to comply means that they can be kicked off by authorities.

Pam Haney, the advocacy coordinator for Wellspring Women's Center in Sacramento, told the Sacramento Bee "It seems as though the primary goal of this change is enabling them to have an administrative route to be additionally discriminatory toward homeless people."

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New transportation rules have some stating it is discrimination against the homeless.

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