City’s transit fleet upgraded with two new busses

Sarnia’s new busses kneel and have ramps front and back for easier access. City Hall photo

Two new 40-foot busses have joined the Sarnia Transit fleet.

The Nova LFS busses seat 31 people and are equipped with features that improve accessibility.

“The busses have a low floor, with kneeling capability, and ramps at both the front and rear. This allows for easy wheelchair and mobility device access,” said deputy transit director Lee Patterson.

They also have call-stop technology that provides audio and visual information to assist riders, including those with vision and hearing difficulties.

Passengers with wheelchairs or mobility devices can position them in three different ways, increasing independence for those who may have needed help from a driver in the past, said Dale Mosley, the city’s accessibility coordinator.

The addition to the 27-bus fleet allowed the city to retire its oldest bus, dating to 1995.

Sarnia Transit is also preparing to launch a real-time, online system in 2018 that will allow passengers to track the location of their bus.