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Overview 

Single and double long strollers are permitted on the bus without having to be folded as long as they do not exceed allowed dimensions (see below). However, it is the passenger’s responsibility to ensure that they have full control of the stroller at all times. Passengers with strollers must also ensure that they do not interfere with or impede the safety or comfort of other passengers. 

Standards

Passengers who wish to bring open strollers on board Codiac Transpo buses must make certain their stroller meets the acceptable size prior to boarding (122 cm L x 57 cm W / 48” L x 22.5” W). Double-wide and other strollers that exceed these dimensions must be folded and stored between seats because they are too wide for the aisles.

Depending on the amount of room available on the bus and to ensure passenger safety, the transit operator has complete discretion to accommodate an ‘open’ stroller or not.   

When passengers with a stroller enter the bus, they have two options: 

OPTION 1:

When priority seating is available:

Passengers with an open stroller are required to 

Move to a priority seating area (on a first come, first serve basis);
Flip the row of seats to the upright position to make room for an open stroller so as not to block the aisle;
Have the child remain in the stroller with the seat belt fastened;
Set the stroller brake and keep it engaged at all times when the bus is in motion; and
Hold and secure the stroller for the duration of the trip.

OPTION 2:

When priority seating is not available or becomes unavailable en route:

Passengers with an open stroller are required to: 

Move to a non-priority seating area;  
Remove the child from the stroller;
Fold the stroller and store it between seats; and
Hold and secure the child.

These measures ensure that there is proper clearance in the aisle in the event of an emergency evacuation. The parent or guardian is fully responsible for the proper securement of the child in or out of the baby stroller. 

Roles and Responsibilities 

Codiac Transpo Operators 

Enforce stroller regulations. 
Inform passengers travelling with a stroller of standard procedures related to open and folded strollers. 
Politely inform anyone occupying priority seating (including passengers with open strollers and seniors) to vacate the            space to accommodate any customer with a mobility impairment, including children in accessible strollers. 
Provide assistance to passengers with strollers, which may include some or all of the following:
Kneeling the bus (upon request)
Deploying the ramp (upon request)
Requesting other passengers to make room
If priority seating is not available or becomes unavailable en route, giving the passenger time to fold stroller and be seated before departing.

Safety notice: Securing a regular stroller with Q-straint belts is not permitted as this will cause damage to the stroller and/or may cause the stroller to break.

Codiac Transpo Passengers
Use a stroller that can be easily accommodated on transit buses (no larger than 122 cm L x 57 cm W / 48” L x 22.5” W)
Accommodate persons who use a wheelchair, as well as children in accessible strollers who have priority seating at the front of the bus.
Ensure the loading and off-loading of the stroller. Operators are not obligated to assist passengers with lifting or moving strollers.
Flip up or fold down priority seats.

In case of a dispute, the passenger is to find an alternate seat and contact Codiac Transpo to lodge an official complaint.


Definitions 

Priority Seating Spaces:  

Designated priority spaces are available at the front of all buses.  

There is a pull handle underneath the seat to enable the seat to flip up against wall.

First and foremost, priority seating is to be given to persons who use wheelchairs and/or to children in accessible strollers.

Single Stroller: 

The stroller size for transit buses should be no larger than 122 cm L x 57 cm W / 48” L x 22.5” W. This aligns with most collapsible strollers on the market. This guideline has been established to be considerate of other passengers’ freedom of movement given the limited space on buses.

Double ‘Long’ Stroller:  

Strollers featuring two seats, one in front of the other no larger than 122cm L x 57cm W / 48” L x 22.5” W.

Double ‘Wide’ Strollers:  

Strollers featuring two seats side by side