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Bus Accessibility

The city transit system has a number of Easier Access Routes for passengers using wheelchairs, walkers, or with limited mobility.

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Kingston Transit (KT) system logo. It is a “KT” formed by white arrows on an orange background with a thin blue border. this logo is used on the buses, shelters, route signs, etc.

An easy and inexpensive way to get around Kingston is by City bus. The City municipal transit system (Kingston Transit) runs during the day and evening, throughout the week. Most bus routes run regularly between 6 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., from Monday through Saturday, though there are some exceptions. A special shuttle bus serving Queen's University runs after midnight from September through April, depending on the University’s schedule.

Sunday bus service is different from weekday service. On Sunday most buses run on an hourly schedule and not all routes are available or run for the same length of time. Buses also run on a Sunday schedule on certain holidays such as Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Boxing Day. There is no bus service available on New Years Day, Family Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day (see Canadian Holidays).

Bus tickets are not used in Kingston. Passengers can purchase monthly passes or special cards that can be loaded with multiple pre-paid trips. Bus passes and cards can be purchased or reloaded at City Hall and a number of other locations throughout the city. Exact cash fare in coins is also accepted. People who purchase monthly passes are eligible for a federal Public Transit Tax Credit (see Taxes). See For More Information links below.

Full-time students at St. Lawrence College and Queen's University who have valid student cards can ride the bus at no charge.

Kingston Transit has an online trip planner tool that can be used to find the most efficient way to get around Kingston by bus, including walking distance to the nearest bus stops. See For More Information links below.

All Kingston Transit buses are equipped with specially designed metal racks to carry bicycles. See also Bikes & e-Bikes for more information on cycling in Kingston.

Rural Service

A Dial-A-Bus service for the rural area of north Kingston is available Tuesdays and Thursdays through Kingston Access Services, a local non-profit organization. Trips must be booked 24 hours in advance by calling Kingston Access Services (see For More Information links below). Kingston Transit does not provide rural bus service, though Park & Ride lots are available for those who wish to drive, park and ride the bus the rest of the way into the city. Kingston Transit accepts transfer tickets from the Dial-A-Bus service.

Passengers with Disabilities

Kingston Transit uses special "kneeling buses" that can be lowered to make it easier to get on or off the bus. Buses also have ramps and a designated seating area to safely accommodate riders using wheelchairs, scooters, walkers and/or other assistive devices.

Riders with impaired vision can obtain a Bus Hailing Kit from the Canadian Institute for the Blind (CNIB) (see listing on right). The kit provides a plastic, reflective card that can be waved at an approaching bus.

Kingston Access Bus

Kingston Access Services operates special buses with wheelchair lifts for people with physical disabilities who are unable to use the regular City bus system. Riders must register in advance for the service (see For More Information links below). The Access Bus does not run on New Year's Day, Good Friday and Thanksgiving Day. Extended hours are available on New Year's Eve.

Fee Assistance

People on low incomes may be eligible for a discount on monthly bus passes through the Municipal Fee Assistance Program. The discounts are offered on Kingston Transit Monthly Passes. Application forms are available on the City of Kingston website (see For More Information links below) and at some municipal facilities.

For More Information

Cycling in Kingston
The City of Kingston encourages bicycling as a healthy and inexpensive form of transportation. Includes information about bike racks, bicycle trails and pathways, protective helmets, hand signals and the rules of the road, as well as a video on Kingston as a bike-friendly community.

Rack and Roll
Information and instructions on how to use Kingston Transit’s Rack and Roll. All City buses have a bike rack on the front of the bus for use by cyclists. Cyclists riding Kingston Transit can place their bike on the bus rack for the duration of their trip. This gives bus passengers the flexibility to both cycle and ride the bus, as needed, to reach their destination.

Kingston Transit
An introduction to Kingston’s bus system, with information about schedules, fares, routes, and special programs and bus features.

Kingston Access Services
How to register for the Kingston Access Bus and other special transportation services in Kingston.

Public Transit Tax Credit
Public transit users with monthly passes (or longer) that allow for unlimited rides are eligible for a federal government tax credit. Includes information about who can claim and what types of passes are eligible, how to calculate the amount and submit your tax claim, and what information and receipts you need to support your claim. There is also a video explaining requirements and process.

Google Transit Trip Planner
An online tool that can be used to plan a trip within Kingston using the Kingston Transit bus system. Includes information on suggested bus routes, travel times, and any transfers required, as well as maps and walking distances to the nearest bus stops.

Municipal Fee Assistance Program
Information on discounts for Kingston Transit and municipal recreation programs available to low-income Kingston residents. Includes how to apply to the municipal fee assistance program, the deadline for applications, maximum level of assistance, and who qualifies, plus a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on fee assistance and a downloadable application form.

How can I travel within Ontario?
The different types of public transportation systems in Ontario are explained. Includes information on public transit buses, streetcars, taxis, trains, car rentals and how to pay. Available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Gujarati, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

Active Transportation
The public health department and the City of Kingston encourage walking, biking, taking public transit, or any other physical means as an alternative to using a car. Includes a list of resources and useful links.

Canadian Public Transit Etiquette
An article with general guidance regarding standard expected etiquette on Canadian public transportation.

Climate Action Tool Kit
A City of Kingston resource highlighting actions that people can take to help Kingston reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase our climate resilience. Includes suggestions on how to save energy and be more sustainable both at home and the workplace through food, transportation, and energy choices. General information is also included, as are useful tools to help measure energy use and GHG emissions from a variety of everyday sources. This toolkit was developed as part of the community-built Kingston Climate Action Plan.

Grade 9/10/11 Transit Pass Pilot Program
Kingston Transit free 2014–2015 pass program for students in Grade 9, 10, or 11. Includes details of the program, eligibility requirements, required forms, and where to pick up the passes.

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