Yesterday, my daughter was on the 110N bus at about 4:15 p.m. heading to Square One from South Common. When she got on the bus at South Common, it was crowded with students.
My daughter has a disability and was trying to get to where she could stand comfortably without stretching to reach the bar that runs high in the bus. None of the students would move for her to pass to the back of the bus where it wasn’t so crowded. She also requested one of the seats reserved for the disabled or elderly. Not one of them would move from where they were sitting.
She contacted Mississauga Transit at the terminal at Square One and was told that the driver has no power to force the people to give up their seat for a disabled person unless that person is in a wheelchair; then the people sitting in those seats would have to move. The driver can’t even make them move to the back of the bus, either.
It doesn’t matter whether the disability is visible or not! According to the province, disabilities come in many forms and must be treated with kindness and understanding. I have found that the students that attend the University of Toronto Mississauga campus to be largely rude and only thinking about themselves. This is an ongoing problem on the 110 bus that travels in either direction.
I am writing this to you as it seems that Mississauga Transit’s hands are tied when it comes to these problems on the bus. I feel that maybe your school should teach these kids a little consideration and kindness as part of their education. My point to you is that maybe these students need to be reminded that the bus is a service for not only them but the rest of the people in Mississauga—and that they should realize that!
I am hoping that you could speak to your students and encourage them to be more considerate and polite. Encourage them to move to the back of the bus and give up their seat for someone that says they need to sit down!
Submitted by Paul Donoghue on behalf of a concerned parent.