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.
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