Here’s How Brampton is Making Busing a Lot More Accessible

Published October 1, 2019 at 2:51 pm

In time for Autism Awareness Month, Brampton Transit, TransHelp and MagnusCards have joined forces to create a unique way to make busing more accessible in the city.  

In time for Autism Awareness Month, Brampton Transit, TransHelp and MagnusCards have joined forces to create a unique way to make busing more accessible in the city.  

Mayor Patrick Brown and Peel Regional Chair Nando Iannicca recently announced the launch of MagnusCards,​ a free mobile app designed for those with autism or other cognitive special needs. The app provides structured, step-by-step guidance with a game design to help teach a variety of life skills through free downloadable card decks. 

“MagnusCards enhance the rider’s experience on public transit. We have worked with the Region of Peel on this accessible and inclusive initiative, and are proud to bring these step-by-step guides for Brampton Transit to our city,” says Alex Milojevic, general manager at Brampton Transit. 

Brampton Transit offers seven decks available for download: Fares and PRESTO, Planning Your Trip, How to Ride the Bus, How to Transfer Buses, Riding the Bus with Your Accessibility Device, Riding Safely, and Staying Up To Date. 

TransHelp, the Region of Peel’s accessible transportation service for residents with disabilities, boasts six decks available for download: How to Book a Trip, How to Pay for Your Trip, Get Ready on Trip Day, Riding on TransHelp, Travelling Beyond Peel’s Borders, and How to Buy and Use Taxi Scrip. 

The city aims to create and share inclusive information for those with cognitive special needs and those who are new to Brampton’s transit system as outlined in the Brampton Transit’s 2019 Customer Charter. 

“Brampton is a green city, and we are committed to having an accessible transit system. That includes creating equal opportunities for everyone to take transit. MagnusCards is an inclusive app that will provide easy access to residents and visitors who might find it challenging to use transit in Brampton and Peel,” says Brown.

According to the region, this milestone partnership is a pivotal step towards continuing to make Brampton a green city where people can thrive throughout each stage of their lives.

“The needs of residents are diverse so our supports must be inclusive. We are delighted to partner with the City of Brampton on an initiative that will increase travel options for all and help residents gain independence,” says Iannicca.

To learn more about the app, click here.

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