Accessibility for Customers with Disabilities 

Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA) provides fully accessible buses on our fixed-routes for all of our customers. Our buses have the ability to kneel to the ground, making the first step easier and safer to use. Integrated wheelchair ramps are also available in the entryway to provide disabled passengers with a smooth transition into the bus and a flat floor to their seats. Up to two wheelchairs may be properly secured on board the bus for a safe ride.

Routes with Wheelchair Lifts

While steps are required for entry into the Trolley and smaller Body-on-Chassis vehicles, these vehicles feature a wheelchair lift in the rear, providing a flat transition into the vehicles. Up to two wheelchairs may be properly secured on board each vehicle.

Paratransit Service

For customers that are unable to get to or from a bus stop or board or ride on our fully accessible fixed-route buses due to their disabilities, WATA provides ADA Complementary Paratransit service. ADA Complementary Paratransit service is an origin-to-destination shared-ride service. A fare is required for each ride and the service operates during the same hours as the fixed-route buses. Paratransit service is federally mandated through the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. 

  1. Eligibility
  2. Fares
  3. Scheduling Rides

Eligibility Determination

To be eligible for Paratransit, customers must complete an application to be evaluated according to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. The evaluation will determine if the applicant is: 
  1. Fully Qualified
  2. Partially Qualified
  3. Not Qualified
Eligibility for Paratransit service may last for up to a 3-year period.

Application & Submission

Download our ADA Complementary Paratransit Services Application below, complete, and return the application form along with any necessary documentation to the WATA Customer Service Office located at:

Williamsburg Transportation Center

468 N. Boundary St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Submit Customer Feedback or Complaint

WATA & VIA Rider Application

The following documents are related to the WATA & VIA partnership which provides a mobile application to users of the WATA paratransit services.

How to Cancel a Ride

If you have scheduled a ride that you no longer need, please call 757-220-5493 as soon as you know or at least one business day in advance of your scheduled pick-up time.

If you need to cancel a trip on the day of your ride, please make every effort to call at least one hour before your scheduled pick-up time so that the driver can be notified in time to not make the trip unnecessarily and so that you, as the scheduled passenger, are not considered a “no-show." Early cancellations also allows other customers to use that time on the bus.

What to Do If Your Ride Is Late

To inquire about your ride, you must call 757-220-5493.

No-Show and Late Cancellation Policy

A “no-show” occurs when:

  • After scheduling a trip, the customer no longer needs the ride and fails to call and cancel before the vehicle is en route to the pickup point.
  • The vehicle arrives within the ready window, waits for five (5) minutes, but the customer is not available or ready to depart at the requested pickup location.

If a passenger misses a scheduled ride for any reason, please call the Customer Service Office to confirm they want to keep other trips on that day. The passenger must immediately call the Customer Service Office to reschedule any cancelled trips later in the day, otherwise the passenger may not receive the original times for other trips.

Reasonable Accommodation

As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA) agrees to provide reasonable accommodations by making changes to policies, practices, and procedures if needed by an individual with a disability to enable him or her to participate in the recipient’s program or activity, unless providing such accommodations are an undue financial and administrative burden or constitute a fundamental alteration of the program or activity. To make a reasonable accommodation request, please call 757-220-5493.