Transit Windsor Update on Adjusted Routes and Services
The City of Windsor and Transit Windsor are pleased to announce that a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) has been executed with Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 616 to enable the resumption of transit operations on Monday, May 4, 2020.
Please note: For most routes, the resumption of service will be an enhanced "Sunday” schedule, seven days a week until further notice, though seven routes will not be running under the current model (see below), and the LaSalle 25 will have a separate schedule.
The Windsor Essex Public Health Unit has published recommendations for riders, including:
Discouraging use of transit service if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms,
Recognizing that public transit is currently provided for essential trips only,
Recommending consideration of other forms of transportation, such as walking or cycling, and
Maintaining 2-metre social distancing practice while waiting for and riding the bus.
Anticipated Changes to Transit Service
All Windsor routes that normally have a “Sunday” schedule will be in service seven days a week, except for the Central 3 West and the Tunnel Bus (see full list of unavailable routes below).
Routes not in operation include:
Central 3 West
South Windsor 7
To address anticipated capacity issues on the two busiest routes, while adhering to social distancing obligations, additional busses will be added to support the 1C and Crosstown 2 routes as needed. Additionally, the LaSalle 25 will be operating 6 days a week from Monday to Saturday on the “Saturday” schedule.
Busloads will be limited to 10 passengers, plus one wheelchair capacity to accomplish physical distancing. To ensure there is adequate distance between riders and drivers, some seats will be marked as unavailable.
Once a bus is at capacity, stops will be bypassed and the bus sign will display "Sorry ... This Bus is Full." If a bus becomes overcrowded, passengers will be asked to exit to adhere to social distancing guidelines. The bus will not leave the stop until this happens. Riders are asked to follow the advice of public health officials to ensure the smoothest possible operations going forward, including limiting travel to essential trips only.
Fares will not be required, 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.
Transit Windsor will continue to update their website with additional information and monitor the resumption of service for issues or concerns and respond accordingly.
Passengers should refer to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit recommendations as they make plans to use Transit Windsor buses: www.wechu.org/guidance-using-public-transit.
More Info on COVID-19 and the City of Windsor:
Visit www.citywindsor.ca/covid-19 for the latest information on adjusted City services, including a growing list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Our 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. For general information on municipal services or to request a service, please call 311, download the 311 app or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday.