Courtesy campaign asks bus riders to show they care

GUELPH, ON, Friday, November 30, 2012 – Starting Monday, Guelph Transit joins municipalities across the province in helping raise awareness about giving up a seat for individuals with a disability as well as other passengers who could benefit from having a seat.

Developed in partnership with the Ontario Public Transit Association (OPTA), the priority and courtesy seating public awareness campaign is designed to explain the seating areas on conventional buses and who should use them.

Priority seating, located at the front of buses, is for use by persons with disabilities. Courtesy seating provides seating for people who will benefit from having a seat near the front of the bus, including seniors, expectant mothers, and adults travelling with babies or young children. While Guelph Transit has provided priority seating on its buses for many years, the courtesy seating program is new.

Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation, Guelph Transit is required to ensure there is clearly marked seating for persons with disabilities, which is located as close to the front door as possible. Passengers, other than those with disabilities, must vacate the marked area if it is required by a person with a disability.

The courtesy seating area is provided in addition to the priority seating area for passengers who may benefit from a seat, but who do not have a disability.

“We thank all of our passengers for respecting the priority and courtesy designated seating areas on our buses and for showing consideration for those whose need is greater than their own,” says Michael Anders, general manager of Community Connectivity and Transit.

Brochures about priority and courtesy seating will be available on buses. Additional information will also be available on Guelph Transit’s website starting Monday.

For more information

Michael Anders
General Manager
Community Connectivity and Transit
T 519-822-1260 x 2795