There is no eating or drinking allowed on MetroLink, MetroBuses, or Call-A-Ride vans. Technically, even drinking water is prohibited (exceptions are made for emergencies). And yes, that includes your morning coffee. You can still carry food or beverage onto the vehicles, but you are asked not to consume them, and security can issue citations for violating the rule. Why so strict?
The answer is simple in explanation, but more rigorous in practice: cleanliness. Anytime you get large numbers of people together, dirt and messes are bound to happen. But that makes for a less desirable ride, and we take a lot of time to keep vehicles clean. After trains, buses and vans go to rest for the night, they are thoroughly vaccumed and scrubbed down in their various garages to remove debris and dirt. And to help prevent flu transmission, they are currently more rigorously sanitized to kill germs.
Food and beverage spills create a lot of problems – walking hazards, pests, odors – and increase the time and cost to clean and maintain vehicles. And honestly, while you might think your BBQ pulled pork sandwich is extra delicious, watching and smelling you eat it might be the last thing your fellow riders want to do. So while it may seem inconvenient, save the McMuffin for the office. You’re doing your part to help everyone have a more pleasant ride.