Accessible Bus Features
GOVA Transit Update: Transit stops on Kingsway for Route 12 can't be accessed due to a raod closure. The #12 bus will travel up Bancroft, turn on Ferndale to double back to Bellevue and return downtown by Howey. Outbound will travel to Howey, turn on Bancroft up to Ferndale, back to Howey, then regular routing.
(Updated June 1, 2020, 7:09 a.m.)
GOVA Transit is installing clear plastic shields in the operator area of all buses as added protection from transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The installation is in addition to ongoing enhanced cleaning. Passengers must board and exit buses through the rear doors. Passengers who use a mobility device can use the front doors. Transit fares are temporarily waived. Routes and schedules have been modified in response to a decline in ridership during the pandemic.
As recommended by Public Health, use public transit only for necessary travel to work, medical appointments or to purchase essential supplies.
Starting Saturday, April 18, 2020, GOVA Transit will reduce frequency of service on most routes and suspend some routes until further notice.
Fares are temporarily waived to maintain physical distancing from bus operators.
Passengers must enter and exit buses through the rear doors except for accessibility purposes.
The Downtown Transit Hub at 9 Elm Street is temporarily closed. Buses continue to pick up and drop off passengers from the outside platforms. Passengers are encouraged to practice physical distancing at bus stops.
(Updated May 19, 2020, 3 p.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.