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The Transitway will close from Blair to Hurdman for light-rail construction, leading to many routing changes in the east-end and service changes at Hurdman, Train, St-Laurent and Lees stations. On June 28, we’re also moving to our summer schedules and expanding service in Kanata, Orléans and Stittsville.
The Para Transpo Interactive Voice System will be out of service on Saturday, May 23, from 11 am to 10 pm. To cancel a trip or get information about booked trips, please call 613-244-4636.
We’re currently making accessibility improvements to the Place d’Orléans, Terry Fox and Eagleson Park & Ride lots. The lots remain open but some portions are affected. All accessible spaces and some Gold parking spots have been relocated nearby. Please watch for and obey all signage!
Map of Place d'Orléans Park & Ride construction
April 20 to May 18 approx.
Map of Terry Fox Park & Ride construction
April 27 to May 21 approx.
Maps of Eagleson Park & Ride construction
Construction runs from May 7 to June 4 approx.
Construction runs from May 14 to June 9 approx.
Construction runs from May 1 to May 28 approx.
We released highlights of the 2014 Transit Services Customer Survey. The results showed positive feedback in many areas. For example, 78% of customers rated OC Transpo as good or very good and 90% said they feel safe and secure using transit.
From Monday, April 20 until approximately June 22, the pedestrian bridge between the Billings Bridge mall and the transit station will be closed for repairs. During this period a FREE SHUTTLE will be available approximately every 15 minutes, 7 days a week during Mall hours (see diagram below for mall hours).
Pick-up and drop-off locations for the shuttle will be at:
1. Main Entrance of Billings Bridge Mall
2. Transitway - local platform near the pedestrian bridge entrance
Alternatives to the shuttle:
1. Stairs adjacent to pedestrian bridge and crosswalk
2. Sidewalk shown on diagram below
On March 13, 2015, OC Transpo, Algonquin College and Algonquin Students’ Association signed a Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) Agreement. Algonquin College is the fourth local post-secondary institution along with Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University to adopt the U-Pass.
If you received your first PRESTO Community pass in 2013, you need to renew it this year before the discount expires. Find out your renewal day at prestocard.ca or in person at an OC Transpo Sales & Information Centre.
If you have a registered PRESTO card, you can download your Transit Usage Report from prestocard.ca as of March 1. It gives a summary of PRESTO travel details you can use to help determine your eligibility for the Public Transit Tax Credit.
The overpass that links Bayshore station with the shopping centre will be closed from Monday, January 19 until approximately mid-October for parking garage construction. You will be able to access the mall by crossing at ground level.
Routes 96A and 196 now serve the new Tanger Outlets mall. Route 96A continues to provide service on weekdays from 7 am to 7 pm, while the 196 runs 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.
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.
Transit Tax Credit
Claim 15% of pass prices on your Income Tax Return!
Regular fare on Express routes, at selected bus stops
PRESTO - Register
Register your PRESTO card to protect your funds!