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On July 1, fares will increase an average of 2.5% to keep pace with inflation and the cost of providing transportation. Para Transpo ticket and pass prices are the same as OC Transpo, but cash fares on Para Transpo are reduced to match the PRESTO e-Purse fare on OC Transpo buses. On Canada Day, July 1st, you can RIDE FREE on all OC Transpo and Para Transpo routes!
We have fixed the issues that prevented schedules from loading into the MyTransit iPhone app. You can now update the app to have the new summer schedules.
Tips to help you ride safely, every step of your journey.
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 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.
From Monday, April 20 until approximately July 6, 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.
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.
2013 Customer survey indicates overall satisfaction with transit service is at 80%, the highest level in five years.
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.
Regular fare on Express routes, at selected bus stops
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June 28 Service Change
Summer Service and OnTrack 2018 Transitway closure start June 28.