Accessible Bus Features
Public Health Sudbury & Districts is advising of a potential low-risk exposure to COVID-19 for anyone who rode on GOVA Transit Route 1 Main Line on Wednesday, April 7 between 8:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
During this time, bus #763 left the Downtown Transit Hub on route to South End Transit Hub and returned to the Downtown Transit Hub.
The Main Line runs from the South End Walmart to New Sudbury Centre via Long Lake Road, Paris Street, Notre Dame Avenue and LaSalle Boulevard, and includes stops at the Downtown Transit Hub and Health Sciences North.
Anyone who rode this route during this time should follow public health guidance:
- Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 up to April 21 (14 days).
- If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself from others and get tested for COVID-19.
- Testing appointments can be booked online through the Health Sciences North Assessment Centre at https://secure.hsnsudbury.ca/COVID19AppointmentRequest.
- You an also call 705.671.7373 during regular business hours.
- If you do not have symptoms, testing and self-isolation is not required.
Anyone identified by Public Health as a high-risk close contact has been contacted directly by Public Health.
GOVA Transit monitors and manages passenger capacity on its routes on a daily basis to deploy extra buses when necessary to support physical distancing. Riders are reminded to protect themselves and others by wearing a mask and maintaining a safe distance.
Greater Sudbury remains part of the provincewide shutdown to help slow the increase in COVID-19 cases. A stay at home order also remains in effect.
Please continue to do your part and follow public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- limit close contact to your own household members
- stay home unless it’s for an essential outing
- do not attend work or school when ill
- avoid non-essential travel
- practise physical distancing, wear your mask, and wash your hands
Residents are required to wear a face covering or non-medical mask when visiting any indoor City facility or when riding GOVA Transit under the authority of of the provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Widespread use of face coverings by all persons decreases the spread of respiratory droplets. Certain exemptions apply.
Extended detours can now be found on the Routes and Schedules page with the affected routes.
(Updated April 1, 2021 at 9: 00 a.m.)
All GOVA buses have low floor entries, automated ramps, priority seating and audio-visual next stop alerts.
- Each bus can carry a maximum of two wheelchairs. Extra-large wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.
- Passengers using scooters must transfer to a seat to avoid the risk of injury to themselves and others.
Three new buses have been purchased through a cost-matching agreement with the Canada-Ontario Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF).
New features include:
Wider aisles in the Priority and Courtesy seating areas near the front of the bus, providing more room for passengers with wheelchairs or scooters to maneuver into position.
Passengers using wheelchairs or scooters will also benefit from a safer rear-facing seating position and a time-saving one-strap safety restraint system.
This seating area is clearly identified to remind passengers that it is reserved for persons who need it most.
All buses have low floor entries, automated ramps and audio-visual next stop alerts.
Priority seating is required under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It is for passengers with a disability. These seats are located at the front of the bus.
If you are sitting in a priority seat, and do not have a disability, you must vacate the seat for a passenger with a disability. Please remember that not all disabilities are visible to others.
If you are a passenger with a disability and require a seat, politely remind the passengers seated in the priority seating area of its intended use and ask that they make room for you. If they do not move when requested, proceed to the courtesy seating area to find a seat.
A person with a disability occupying a priority seat is not required to move for another passenger with a disability. Use of these seats is first come, first served.
Public transit is first come, first served. Passengers who have paid a fare are not expected to vacate the bus to make room for other passengers. If you are not comfortable completing your trip without a seat, please wait for the next bus.
Bus operators cannot intervene to enforce priority seating. We ask, however, that you show consideration for those whose need is greater than your own.
Courtesy seating provides additional seating for people who will benefit from having a seat near the front of the vehicle, but do not have a disability. This includes:
- expectant mothers
- adults traveling with infants or small children
- any other passenger who may benefit from a seat
If you are sitting in a designated courtesy seat, please respect its purpose and give up your seat to those who need it.
Bus operators cannot enforce this requirement or intervene in any dispute related to courtesy seating. We ask, however, that you respect this designated seating area and show consideration for those whose need is greater than your own.