New AC Transit app allows riders to report bad behavior, vandalism

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AC Transit has launched a new smartphone app that allows riders to report suspicious activity, disruptive behavior, theft, vandalism and unattended packages.

The free app, called TipNow-AC Transit, is part of a one-year pilot program that aims to enhance public safety and cleanliness. The software was “specifically engineered” to ensure users remain anonymous when reporting activity.

The app can be downloaded at either Google Play or Apple’s App Store. Once downloaded,  users “are hyperlinked to a tip screen that asks for the route number, bus number, and a description of the event,” the transit agency said.

Riders can also anonymously upload photos to the app.

“With a smartphone in the hands of two-thirds of adults, it’s the most convenient tool to keep our buses clean and our riders and operators safe,” AC Transit Board President H. E. Christian Peeples said in a statement.

The app is not intended for emergency situations, during which time riders should call 911.

For additional information on the app, please visit here.