What is Cooperative Seating?
All our vehicles have clearly-labelled Cooperative Seating areas, either in front of the bus or by the O-Train’s entrances. These seats are meant to make travel easier for customers who have a hard time standing in a moving vehicle or those who need to sit close to the entrance, including:
- Persons with disabilities
- Persons with assistive devices (wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes)
- Pregnant women
- Customers with small children or open strollers
Look for this logo marking the Cooperative Seating area!
Remember that many customers don’t have an obvious disability, but may need a Cooperative seat for reasons we can’t see. It takes courage to ask someone to give up their seat. If you are sitting in a Cooperative seat but don’t need to be, please offer your place to someone who needs it.
Priority Seating Card
If you have an invisible disability, you can get a free Priority Seating Card. Showing your card can make it easier to ask for a Cooperative seat without explaining further.
Steps to get a Priority Seating Card
- Bring photo ID and your documentation indicating that you require Priority Seating signed by a health care professional listed below to an OC Customer Customer Service Centre (at Lincoln Fields, Rideau Centre, St-Laurent and Orléans stations).
- Staff will take your photo and give you your Priority Seating Card at no charge.
- Please keep your documentation in case you lose or damage your card.
- Registered Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
- Registered Social Worker
- Occupational/Recreational Therapist
- Audiologist/Speech-Language Pathologist
- Certified Orientation & Mobility Instructor
- Registered Psychotherapists
- Registered Mental Health Therapists
Promoting Cooperative Seating
OC Transpo has ongoing cooperative seating campaigns to encourage customers to keep these seats open for those who require priority seating:
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