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Buses will run on a reduced weekday schedule for most of the holidays. A Sunday schedule will be in effect on Christmas Day (Dec. 25), Dec. 28 and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), and a Saturday schedule will run Dec. 26-27 and Jan. 3. We’re also providing free service after 8 pm New Year’s Eve!
LeBreton Station will move one block west, to the intersection of Preston St. at the Transitway while Booth St. is partially closed for the construction of the O-Train Confederation Line. The Transitway will stay open but some routes will be rerouted.
Most routes will have new winter schedules starting Sunday, January 4.
The prestocard.ca will be upgraded to get ready for the rollout of PRESTO to the Toronto area and to make the overall system more efficient. While the upgrades are taking place, you will not be able to use many features and functions on prestocard.ca.
The City of Ottawa is accepting applications for the position of Bus Operator from now until January 26, 2015.
Starting January 1, 2015, orange ($1.50) tickets will no longer be accepted on the bus. Yellow ($1.55) tickets will continue to be valid.
If you have older tickets, you’re encouraged to use them up before the end of the year. Older tickets can also be exchanged for their face value at an OC Transpo Sales Centre toward the purchase of new tickets or a pass. However, they are not redeemable for cash. Old tickets can be exchanged any time, before or after January 1.
OC Transpo Sales Centres are located at:
Monday to Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8:30 am - 9 pm
Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9:30 am - 6 pm
Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 am - 5 pm
Most holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 am - 6 pm
St-Laurent, Place d’Orléans and Lincoln Fields Transitway Stations
Monday to Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 am - 6 pm
The Sales and Information Centre will reopen in its original spot at Lincoln Fields Station on Monday, Dec. 15 at 7 am. The centre now has accessible service counters, a new microphone to improve two-way conversations, and a better photo-taking setup. Thank you for your patience during the renos.
The 2014 OC Transpo/Loblaw Annual Christmas Food Drive delivered more than 133,694 food and non-perishable items, and $36,135 in cash and food vouchers to the Ottawa Food Bank. Over the past 30 years, the annual food drive has raised more than 1.4 million kilograms of food and thousands of dollars. It is the oldest and largest food drive for the Ottawa Food Bank.
A new update has been released for MyTransit, the official OC Transpo iPhone App. Some of the new features include: Fixed crashing on iOS 7 devices, improved app debugging software.
On Thursday, Nov. 20, Route 406 will be extended beyond Barrhaven Centre to offer a direct link from Riverside South to the Canadian Tire Centre.
The revised Connexion 400 route will serve Riverview, Nepean Woods, Beatrice and Marketplace for all Senators games and major events. You will also be able to park your car at the Riverview Park & Ride to catch route 406.
Starting Nov. 12, Route 99 will travel on new bus-only lanes on Chapman Mills Drive and serve Beatrice Station (stop #3049), which will open in the heart of Barrhaven.
Starting Friday, Oct. 17, both Routes 96A and 196 will serve the new Tanger Outlets mall. Route 96A will continue to provide service on weekdays from 7 am to 7 pm, while the 196 will operate after 7 pm and on weekends.
A memorandum has been posted on ottawa.ca from the City Manager regarding the recent safety advisory letters from the Transportation Safety Board concerning the September 18th, 2013 bus-train collision.
A new service for Kanata North will go into effect December 22, 2014. It will include a new Route 64 and changes to Routes 60, 68 and 181.
The report on naming Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit system and lines is now available. It will be presented to the Transit Commission September 17.
PRESTO was upgraded to reduce the time it takes to update all the readers on the bus. Your online or phone purchases are now transmitted to the buses at least three times every day — and as often as six times in a day!
This means the purchases you make in the evening will be waiting for you when you tap your card on the bus the next morning.
OC Transpo is currently the only transit system using a cellular connection for PRESTO — other transit companies are updated just once a day using a Wi-Fi connection.
Evening service on the O-Train will continue to be adjusted to end at 10 pm in order to complete construction work necessary for expanded O-Train service.
Ottawa is a safe city and transit services play a significant role in providing a safe environment for riders who use our services. Safety and security for customers and employees remains a primary focus for the department. The continued focus on safety programs and messages has resulted in maintaining a safe environment for everyone. A safe travelling and working environment is a primary focus for transit services.
In 2013 there are a number of initiatives underway that will ensure that the safety of customers and staff is maintained. The increased focus on working with community partners and our union representatives will ensure that we continue to provide safety and security for all.
After 7 p.m., if you feel anxious about getting off at your regular stop, ask the driver to let you off along the route closer to your destination.
Safe Stop is part of the OC Transpo TRANSECURE Program
We’re about to embark on the largest infrastructure project in our city’s history – Phase 1 of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit System. It’s called the Confederation Line.
2013 Customer survey indicates overall satisfaction with transit service is at 80%, the highest level in five years.
Transit is a shared space and everyone is entitled to a safe and harassment-free ride.
When you order a registered card online it will have to be "activated" before you can use it. Activate your card at prestocard.ca, or by phone.
PRESTO - Register
Register your PRESTO card to protect your funds!
Riding With STO
PRESTO works on STO buses:
- With a monthly pass
- When you transfer from an OC Transpo bus
PRESTO - Tickets Cost More
Ride with your PRESTO card because tickets cost more!