Transit Windsor Expanding
Service with Return to School
student’s returning to school, and to provide an increased level of service for
all transit users, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens has ordered expanded service,
effective Tuesday September 8th, 2020.
Windsor will begin operating on an enhanced
Saturday schedule, as well as offering secondary school extras, while
adhering to public health guidelines to support the health and safety of
drivers and riders alike.
masks and rear-boarding policies remain in effect, and once a bus reaches the
maximum seated load (the area to the rear of the blocked off section) the sign
will indicate “sorry, this bus is full” and will need to by-pass any additional
riders, including on the secondary school extra routes. The enhanced services
offered by Transit Windsor provide for additional vehicles to be deployed when
a bus reaches capacity when available.
As part of
the move to Saturday service, Transit Windsor will increase the hours of
service on all routes. Start times for service will range, beginning at
5:30 a.m. and continue up to 12:30 a.m., to support residents as our region
continues to return to service, consistent with Stage 3 of the Province of
Ontario’s Reopening framework.
Windsor’s webpage has been updated to include the current schedule and
policies, along with the updated schedule that will be effective on September 8.
Secondary School Extra Routes:
Windsor’s leadership has been participating in province-wide working groups and
forums designed to implement industry-wide standards to support a return to front
door boarding, which would allow for a further increase in passenger access
while protecting drivers.
door boarding can be reinstated, fares will continue to be waived, and all
passengers are asked to enter and exit the bus through the rear doors. Riders
with accessibility needs may continue to use the front doors; one wheelchair
passenger at a time may occupy this area. Over the course of the past several
months, ridership numbers have remained significantly below pre-pandemic
levels. Current ridership has been reduced by about 65%, as compared to 2019.
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit continues to advise that transit remain for
essential trips only and that residents consider alternatives such as walking
or cycling, to the greatest extent possible.
Transit Windsor Operating Funds:
12, the Province of Ontario committed over $6.3-million in Phase 1 funding for
Transit Windsor, in support of continued operating costs associated with the
of Ontario is also offering limited opportunities to apply for additional Phase
2 funding to support the safe restart of municipal transit systems. On August
24, Windsor City Council authorized City Administration and Transit Windsor
staff to prepare applications to access additional funds. It is anticipated
that Phase 2 funding decisions will be made in the late fall / early winter
Info on COVID-19 and the City of Windsor:
for the latest information on adjusted
City services, including a growing list of Frequently Asked Questions.
community partners at the Windsor-Essex County
Health Unit also have a website with information on the latest health advice, community restrictions and
guidelines, and other information on COVID-19.
general information on municipal
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