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
1. Print and fill out a Priority Seating card application form. You can also get an application form at any OC Transpo Customer Service Centre, or by calling 613-842-3625 (TTY: 613-741-5280)
2. Ask a healthcare professional (doctor, nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, recreation therapist, etc) to sign the application form.
3. Bring the signed form to an OC Transpo Customer Service Centre. Staff at the Customer Service Centre will then take your photo and give you your card.
Promoting Cooperative Seating
OC Transpo has ongoing cooperative seating campaigns to encourage customers to keep these seats open for those who require priority seating: