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The 600 series routes and school trips are back starting Sept. 1 for Carleton U. and French-language schools, and Sept. 8 for all other schools. Some routes have changed with the Transitway closure this summer. The 2015-2016 U-Pass is valid starting Sept. 1. The U-Pass is now open to eligible Algonquin students and Gatineau residents.
Virgin Mobile customers may experience delays or delivery problems with the 560560 sms service due to a carrier issue. Until the problem is resolved, please call 613-560-1000 with your 4 digit stop number or use the MyTransit app for your route’s next departure times. We apologize for the inconvenience.
On Monday, Sept.7, buses and the O-Train Trillium Line will run on a new fall service Sunday schedule. Para Transpo will operate a holiday service and all regular trips will be automatically cancelled.
Starting Saturday, Sept. 12, the Rideau Centre Sales & Information Centre will have new extended weekend hours of operation. The Centre will stay open one hour later – until 7 pm on Saturdays and until 6 pm on Sundays.
Effective Monday August 31, STO buses will no longer serve stops on Rideau Street. Connections to and from STO service can be made nearby on Sussex Drive northbound and Mackenzie Avenue southbound. For more information about STO routing changes, call 819-770-3242 or
On Sunday, September 6, more frequent fall schedules go into effect on most routes, and other routing changes will be introduced. Hurdman Station will relocate slightly east to allow construction needed to upgrade it into a modern light-rail station. All routes through Hurdman will serve new stops.
Public consultations will take place on September 17, 22, 30 and October 6, 2015, at Ottawa City Hall. Para Transpo customers, caregivers, community agencies, hospital representatives, long term care facilities and the general public are invited to register.
We have released a new Travel Planner with all new features including a full screen Google map to view your trip, multiple travel solutions, dynamic route timetables and station timetables.
Starting Aug. 24 and until Oct. 9 (approx.), the Greenboro Park & Ride will be under construction for accessibility upgrades.
Some accessible spots relocated nearby
Several regular and Gold permit spaces closed
- We will make sure enough spaces remain
Passenger drop-off loop closed
- You will still be able to drop customers off within the Park & Ride
- Some areas will be blocked off
Park & Ride improvements
Once construction is done, the Park & Ride lot will have:
- 84 new regular spots
- 18 improved accessible spots, with access lanes and curb ramps that connect to the sidewalk
- A fully accessible customer drop-off zone
Please obey all signage. Thank you for co-operating!
Effective August 4, Route 91 to Orléans/Trim serves stop 6807, located on Lees Avenue, at the on-ramp for Highway 417. This stop is a 5-minute walk (heading east) to Lees Station.
We are rolling out an expanded and responsive version of our mobile site. The new site adapts the most popular features of octranspo.com for a wide range of mobile devices. However, the site does not include all of the information found on the full site. Please check it out and let us know what you think!
- Routes 121 Hurdman, 124 St-Laurent, 126 Pineview use stop 1A instead of stop 2B
- Special event routes 401 and 451 westbound use stop 2B
- Some off stops have changed
- There is no longer a night stop and all buses keep serving their usual stop after 9 pm
Please obey all signage and keep to pedestrian pathways and designated waiting areas.
Blair Station layout
Tips to help you ride safely, every step of your journey.
Starting June 28, 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 will also start our summer service that includes seasonal schedules and expanded service in Kanata, Orléans and Stittsville.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
PRESTO - Register
Register your PRESTO card to protect your funds!
Trade In Old Tickets
Yellow ($1.55) tickets will no longer be accepted on the bus effective Jan. 1, 2016. Teal ($1.60) tickets are still valid.