Gainesville’s RTS Bans Hoverboards on Buses


Anyone in possession of the popular, self-balancing hoverboards will be denied service from the Regional Transit System buses.

As of Monday, the City of Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS) is banning hoverboards on its buses, according to a press release.

“The safety of our customers and employees is always our top priority,” said Chip Skinner, Department Marketing and Communications Supervisor. “We are concerned about the documented risk of fire associated with these decides in confined spaces such as on board a bus.”

RTS joins a growing number of transit agencies across the country in the ban against hoverboards, including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

As of last month, the University of Florida joined other universities when they banned hoverboards in residence halls due to “ignitability” until hoverboards can meet safety standards.

About Addie Crosby

Addie is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing

Check Also

Over 65? Under 18? You can ride Gainesville RTS buses for free through September 2022

Although the program ends next year, one city commissioner said Gainesville leaders may consider renewing the service again.