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Winter Tips for Transit Riders

Posted on Tuesday November 30, 2021

Orillia Transit Notice Winter Tips for Transit Riders

Plan Extra Time
During periods of heavy snow and ice, buses, like personal vehicles, will sometimes fall behind schedule, but rest assured operators will be working to reach your stop as soon as possible. Take an earlier trip. Plan extra time to get home. Buses not only get slowed down by the snow, but also by surrounding traffic. Allowing for extra time is the best way to get around during winter weather travel.

Boarding in areas with Ice and Snowbanks
• In areas covered with snow and ice, or blocked by a snow bank, please wait at the closest cleared driveway or corner.
• When possible, try not to stand in the street or wait at the top of a snow bank. Snow and ice in the street or on a snow bank can be slippery and unsafe.
• When the bus approaches, be aware of the outside mirror, as it extends from the side of the bus.

Be Careful when Boarding
• When the bus approaches, wave to the operator to signal the bus to stop.
• Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before trying to board.
• For added safety, the bus will stop to leave space between the bus door and a snow bank or snow-covered curb. This allows passengers room to step onto the bus.
• Melting snow and ice can make bus floors slippery. Make sure to hold handrails when boarding, walking or standing inside the bus.
• When reaching your destination, the driver will stop at the bus stop or the nearest safe location.

Additional Riding Info Tips
• When riding at night, hold a flashlight so that the driver can see you waiting at a stop.
• If possible, wear reflective apparel or safety bands on your coat or other clothing.
• Reflective clothing is always recommended when traveling at night.
• During poor weather, drivers maintain schedules as traffic and weather conditions allow. If the weather is extreme, buses can fall behind.

Use Dash Stop Service
• Dash Service available from December 1 to March 31.
• Dash Service provides Free and safe travel across bridges from D Dash stops.
• Dash Service stops are located at Old Barrie Road Bridge, Coldwater Road Bridge and West Street North Bridge.

Stay Informed
Orillia Transit runs during even the most extreme of circumstances. However, on occasion, service may be discontinued or detoured, due to heavy snow and ice. During these rare times, Orillia Transit does its best to keep buses running as long as possible, so everyone is able to get to where they need to go. Contact Orillia Transit Customer Service at 705-326-8300 for additional information.