Transit review highlights need for customer service training, user etiquette

via CBC

'We're all on this bus together' says executive director Pat Delmore

Transit Windsor continues to develop and adjust a 2019 master plan looking at the future of public transportation in the region.

As part of this master plan, Transit Windsor asked for community feedback on the bus service offered in the city.

Responses included a desire for increased evening and weekend service, more efficient connections between routes and solutions to overcrowding. 

Another common request was about bus etiquette — things like offering your seat to someone in greater need, avoiding food and drink on the bus, or exiting by the back door instead of pushing to the front. 

Amarender Reddy Peddi, a student at St. Clair College, told CBC News that warmer bus shelters at the Windsor International Transit Terminal are a personal concern of his — especially as the season changes and winter slowly becomes a reality. 

"We have [closed shelters] all over the city, so it'll be better for us," he said. 

Samantha Ainsworth, a post-graduate student at St. Clair College, said she hopes Transit Windsor can improve overcrowding on buses.

"For people who don't have cars, it's often the buses will just pass you right by," she said. 

Responsibility lies with transit user, not operator

Pat Delmore, executive director for Transit Windsor, said the responsibility to enforce bus etiquette lies with the user, not the operator. 

"Transit has really changed ... everything from providing top level customer service to customer to customer relationships on the bus ... there's a whole etiquette we should be thinking about," said Delmore. "We're all on this bus together."

According to Delmore, drivers are not "and should not be" expected to enforce something like offering up a seat.

"Lets everybody be conscious of my ability and offer up a seat to someone who might need it," said Delmore.

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