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Rules and Regulations Governing the Conduct and Safety of the Public and Use of the Long Island Rail Road Company Terminals, Stations and Trains

This document reflects changes received through August 2018

Section 1097.5 Prohibited Uses

No person in a terminal, station or train shall:

a. Block free movement of another person or persons, lie on the floor, platforms, stairs, or landings, or occupy more than one seat;
b. Create any unreasonable noise by any means. Use of radios and other sound-producing devices on trains must be accomplished by means of headphones or earphones and must be inaudible to others;
c. Throw, drop or cause to be propelled any object, projectile or other article at, from, upon or on a facility or train;
d. Drink any alcoholic beverage or possess any opened or unsealed container of alcoholic beverage, except in premises or areas allowing the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages, such as on trains or platforms or in bars or restaurants;
e. Consume any controlled substance in any part of a terminal or station, except pursuant to valid prescription;
f. Enter or remain in a terminal, station or train while his or her ability to function safely in the environment of the terminal, station or train is impaired by consumption of alcohol or by the taking of any controlled substance;
g. Endanger the safety of others, engage in fighting, or assault upon another person or persons or threaten another person with such conduct;
h. Vandalize, injure, deface, alter, write upon, destroy, remove or tamper within any way any real or personal property or equipment owned by or under the jurisdiction or control of LIRR, the authority, their tenants or permittees;
i. Enter or attempt to enter any area which is locked or otherwise restricted from public access by any means including, but not limited to, barricades, fencing, doors and signs, or enter or leave a terminal, station or train except by designated entrance-ways or exits.
j. Skateboard, roller skate, or ride a bicycle, scooter or any other self-propelled or motor-propelled vehicle or device, other than by a physically disabled person, on or through any part of a terminal, station or train excluding parking lots and access roads;
k. Cook, light a fire or otherwise create a fire, except pursuant to the terms of any lease, license or concession granted by the LIRR or the authority;
l. Utilize hand carts on the escalators;
m. Dispense commercial merchandise with or without charge, or carry on any other commercial activity except pursuant to the terms of any lease, license, operating agreement or concession granted by the LIRR or the authority;
n. Offer or agree to carry bags for hire or to flag taxicabs for hire;
o. Burn a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco or any tobacco substitute on a train or in any indoor area within a terminal or station, or in an outdoor ticketing, boarding or platform area of a terminal or station.
p. Engage in any activity which interferes with the commercial activities of lessees, tenants and their customers;
q. Engage in noncommercial activities, except as authorized by subdivision (d) of this section.

Section 1097.6 Littering and dumping, rubbish and refuse

No person shall litter in a terminal, station or train. All persons shall use receptacles provided for the disposal of refuse. No bulk refuse generated or collected on property outside the jurisdiction of LIRR may be taken into, dumped within or carried through a terminal, station or train or deposited in any receptacle in any terminal, station or train. Trash and other waste materials contained in waste receptacles within a terminal, station or train shall not be removed except by persons duly authorized by the superintendent in the case of Pennsylvania station or director of passenger services in the case of any other terminal, station or train.

Section 1097.7 Hygiene facilities

a. No person shall spit in a terminal, station or train.
b. Only one person may occupy a terminal, station or train urinal or toilet booth at one time. This shall not preclude an individual responsible for the care of a small child or a disabled person from assisting such child or disabled person in the use of such a urinal or toilet booth.
c. No person shall use any water fountain, drinking fountain, or any other water found in a terminal, station or train for the purpose of washing or cleaning himself or herself, his or her clothing, or other personal belongings. This subdivision shall not apply to facilities within the terminals, stations or trains which are specifically designated for personal hygiene purposes (i.e. bathroom, wash basin, shower room) provided, however, that no person shall wash clothes or other personal belongings in such areas. No person shall bathe, launder, or change clothes or remain undressed in any public restroom, sink, washroom, or any other area within a terminal, station or train.

Section 1097.8 Priority seating for disabled persons

No person shall refuse or fail to relinquish a seat on a train which has been designated as "Priority Seating for Disabled Persons", if requested to do so by a member of an LIRR train crew, engine crew or a police officer.

1097.9 Presentation of tickets

No person shall refuse or fail to present a valid LIRR ticket, employee pass or dependent pass, or tender the applicable fare, as required.

1097.10 Animals barred from terminal

No person except a police officer or another person authorized by LIRR shall enter in a terminal, station or train with any animal except a seeing eye or hearing ear dog or an animal properly confined for shipment.

1097.11 Firearms or other weapons

No person, except for those licensed to do so and in immediate possession of such license, shall bring into or carry in a terminal, station or train firearms or other weapons.

1097.12 Explosives, acids, inflammables, compressed gases, and other dangerous

No person shall bring into or carry in a terminal, station or train any explosives, acids, inflammables, compressed gases or articles or materials having or capable of producing strong offensive odors, explosion or fire, or articles or materials likely to endanger persons or property. No person shall bring or cause to be brought into or kept in a terminal, station or train any signal flare or any container filled with or which has been emptied or partially emptied of oil, gas petroleum products, paint or varnish. When authority is given to being into or keep at a terminal, station or train any such articles or materials it shall be conditioned upon the use of appropriate receptacles in rooms or areas approved therefore by the superintendent in the case of Pennsylvania station or the Director of passenger services in the case of any other terminal or station or any train. It shall not be a violation of this regulation for an individual in transit to bring or cause to be brought into a terminal, station or train any material otherwise prohibited by this section, provided that such material is still under its original manufacturer's seal and complies with all applicable laws and regulations. Bringing in or keeping at a terminal, station or train, without authority, gasoline or other motor fuel contained in tanks permanently attached to vehicles and not contained under pressure shall not be a violation of this regulation.

1097.13 Unauthorized interference with or use of systems or equipment prohibited

No person shall do or permit to be done anything which may interfere with the effectiveness or accessibility of the fire protection system, sprinkler system, drainage system, alarm system, telephone system, electrical system, public announcement and intercommunication system, plumbing system, lighting system, security system, elevator and escalator system, air-conditioning system, ventilation system, fire hydrants, hoses, fire extinguishers, towing equipment or other mechanical systems or equipment installed or located at a terminal, station or train including closed circuit television cameras and monitors, signs and notices; nor shall any person operate, adjust or otherwise handle or manipulate, without permission, any of the aforesaid systems or portions thereof, or any machinery, equipment or other devices installed or located at a terminal, station or train. Tags showing date of last inspection attached to unites of fire extinguishing and fire-fighting equipment shall not be removed therefrom. Nor shall any person plug a TV, television, radio or other electrical device into any outlet or connect any device to any utility at or in a terminal, station or train.

1097.14 Railroad crossings

No person shall traverse any railroad crossing:

a. When an audible or clearly visible electric or mechanical signal device give warning of the immediate approach of a train;
b. When a crossing gate is lowered or when a human flagman continues to give a signal of the approach or passage of a train;
c. When a train approaching within approximately 1,500 feet of the crossing emits a signal audible from such distance and such train, by reason of its speed or nearness to such crossing, is an immediate hazard;
d. When an approaching train is plainly visible and is in hazardous proximity to such crossing; and
e. When a crossing gate is in the process of being opened or closed. No person, except an LIRR employee acting in the course of his duties, may cross LIRR train tracks other than at a railroad crossing maintained for public use by the LIRR or at a private crossing established pursuant to statute or written agreement with the LIRR

1097.15 Enforcement

a. Any person violating any of these rules may receive an appearance ticket and/or is subject to ejectment from a terminal, station, or train.
b. Any police officer shall be empowered to issue an appearance ticket or order ejectment from a terminal, station or train for violation of any of these rules.
c. Violation of these rules shall constitute an offense and shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $50 or imprisonment for not more than 30 days or both. Public Authorities Law, section 1266(4).
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