Capital Metro wants you to give us feedback and your thoughts on whether or not we should make the boarding areas of transit facilities including MetroRail stations, transit centers, and park & rides tobacco free. We are taking public comment through this survey. The survey will be available June 28 through July 11. It takes about two minutes to complete.
The results of the survey will be given to the Board of Directors at their July 26 meeting when they consider adopting the policy.
If adopted, the policy would be phased in over several months: MetroRail station platforms would become tobacco free Sept. 1, 2010, and boarding areas of transit centers and park & rides would become tobacco free Jan. 1, 2011.
The proposed policy also expresses our support of prohibiting tobacco use at all 3,000-plus bus stops as a longer term goal to be explored with the City of Austin. If enacted, we will join more than 100 other transit systems that are smoke-free to protect their customers and employees.
“Riding transit promotes walking and is therefore part of a healthier lifestyle. Capital Metro wants to reduce secondhand smoke so our riders and employees can get the full health benefits of riding transit,” said Doug Allen, Capital Metro Interim President/CEO.
The full press release about this is here.
About me: I am a college student from Missouri interning with Capital Metro for the summer. I ride the 171 Oak Hill Flyer and either the Red Line or the 17 Cesar Chavez to get to work, and enjoy reading on the bus instead of fighting the Austin I-35 traffic. I am passionate about rail transit, and have four generations of railroading in my family. In my travels with Capital Metro, I have not come across many smokers, but when I have, I endeavor to stay upwind of them. I personally do not smoke and appreciate the cleaner air of non-smoking areas.
What are your thoughts about Capital Metro going tobacco free?