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! OC Transpo’s Bus Operators are here to help. If you need assistance, ask for help.
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.
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
- Get a note from a health care professional (see list below) indicating that you need Priority Seating.
- Bring this note and photo ID to the OC Customer Service Centre in the Rideau Centre.
- Staff will take your photo and give you a Priority Seating Card at no charge.
- Staff will return the note from the health care professional to you. Keep it in case you lose or damage your card.
Health care professionals
- 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:
- Grade 9 art students from Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School created posters
- Algonquin College's television broadcasting and public relations students created videos to promote cooperative seating