That has since changed. Smoking is permitted throughout the station, except inside the roughly 10-by 4-foot shelters at each bus route's stop. The shelters are posted with signs banning smoking inside them, but smokers stand right next to them and their smoke blows inside.
Cigarette smoke also pours into the open doors of buses awaiting departure. Passengers seated inside are captive passive smokers to people puffing right outside the bus doors.
The stops for Routes 12 and 14 -- the New Holland and Rockvale buses -- are in an enclosed area with walls and a roof. The area has carbon monoxide detectors, as required in an enclosed space where engines are running. Yet cigarette smoking is permitted here, in violation of the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act of 2008.
It's time to quit. Children, seniors, and people of all ages who use Queen Street Station deserve to breathe clean air. The unsightly cigarette butt litter all over the station needs to disappear. At stops outside the city I see cigarette butts dropped on people's property, people who kindly allow RRTA to use their property for bus stops. Cleaning up Queen Street Station will help these property owners as well by sending a message to smokers to clean up after themselves.
Below, a photo of cigarette butts inside my bike locker at Queen Street Station -- the litter blows all over the place. Time to clean up!