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METRO Photography & Film Guidelines

METRO welcomes photographers and artists to photograph its system. In return, we simply request they use common sense and courtesy toward others in pursuit of their pictures.

Safety

The safety of our customers and employees is paramount throughout the entire METRO system. While photography is permitted in clearly defined public areas of the METRO system, it obviously cannot be permitted in any manner that would interfere with the safe movement of people or operation of vehicles.

For example, camera lights or flash bulbs should never be aimed in the direction of an oncoming vehicle or used within a moving vehicle. Camera or artist's tripods and other equipment should not be placed in any location that might interfere with the free and safe movement of people or vehicles.

Photography is obviously prohibited in any area of the METRO system that is not accessible to the general public.

While the law permits photography of private citizens in public places, as a courtesy, we ask that photographers request permission of people before taking their pictures, especially close-ups.

 

Security

Worldwide terrorist attacks against public transportation facilities have required a tightening of security procedures at all METRO facilities. Security experts consider photographing and sketching public transportation facilities as possible pre-indicators of terrorist activity.

While this unfortunate reality has not resulted in a prohibition of photography, METRO police and other law enforcement may question anyone taking photographs or sketching METRO transit facilities upon complaint or based on activity suspicious in nature.

Obviously, these activities are almost always legitimate, and that is the end of the issue. However, anyone conducting these activities in unauthorized areas of METRO property may be detained for further investigation.

 

Commercial and Media Photography

All requests for commercial photography may be sent via email to the METRO Press Office at mm53@ridemetro.org. Questions and additional information may be discussed by telephone at 713-739-4040.|

Media photography requests must be coordinated through the METRO Press Office by calling 713-739-4040.