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On Sunday, August 31, new schedules go into effect on most routes to reflect the increased demand for service in the fall, along with other routing changes. New timetables are now available!
The school board PRESTO card is accepted on OC Transpo buses and the O-Train from the first day of school until June 30, 2015. This card is paid for and provided by the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority, which determines eligibility.
Use your event ticket for FREE service on OC Transpo and STO buses. Park for FREE at one of the nearby lots, and take a quick ride on the shuttle bus to TD Place.
In addition to the ongoing late evening service adjustments on the O-Train, service will be replaced by Route 107 for two days — August 23 and 24 — in order to complete signal work for expanded O-Train service later this year. This work is an important part of the expansion project which is required to build and maintain a safe rail service for customers. The work is being performed when ridership is lower to lessen the impact on customers.
Temporary bus Route 107 will operate every 15 minutes on August 23, and every 30 minutes on August 24. Buses will travel parallel to the O-Train routing between Bayview and South Keys stations, with limited stops along the way.
In addition to Route 107, there may be other bus route options that work better for you. Call 613-741-4390 or use the travel planner for trip planning assistance. Schedules and real time bus arrival information are available by calling 613-560-1000 or texting 560560 plus your bus stop number.
Thank you for your patience.
Full-time students from Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University can use the U-Pass to get around freely from September 1 to April 30, 2015. The cost of the U-Pass is included in your incidental student fees.
PRESTO is upgrading its system in preparation for roll-out on the TTC. The PRESTO website will be temporarily unavailable on September 13–14. All PRESTO services will be restored on Monday September 15, 2014.
Effective 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 28 until approximately Friday, August 1, bus stop 1B, at St-Laurent Station, will not be in service while flooring repairs are made to the platform and stairs. All service will be available at stop 1A. Elevator # 18 which services this platform will also be out of service. Customers who require an elevator to access the upper level or shopping centre should go to stop 1A, take any eastbound bus (94, 95, 96, 102, 124, 126, 128, 129, 199, 24, and express routes 20-231) to Cyrville Station, go to stop 2A, then take any westbound route. Thank you for your patience while we make station improvements.
From May 1 and through the summer, evening service on the O-Train will be adjusted to end at 10 p.m. in order to complete construction work necessary for expanded O-Train service.
A new schedule is now available for the MyTransit App. This schedule will include: Fall service, updates to the Lansdowne Events service and current detours. It will be in effect until December 20th 2014.
On Saturday, July 19, 2014, Routes 94 and 99 will be extended across the newly-opened Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge providing new connections to the Riverside South and Barrhaven communities.
On Thursday, July 24, the centre will move to an accessible trailer near stop 3B for about three months during renovations. Office hours will stay the same. All services except photo ID cards will still be available.
You can purchase a photo ID card at one of the following Sales and Information Centres:
- Rideau Centre
- Place d’Orléans
Or, why not take this opportunity to switch the less-expensive PRESTO card!
Thank you for your patience.
On Tuesday, July 1, fares increased an average of 1.9% to keep pace with inflation and the cost of providing transportation.
Schedules on most routes will change, because of reduced demand for bus service in the summer months. Three NEW routes will be added and a few other routes will be slightly revised. Check the list of Service Highlights for complete details, and to see the new schedules.
Students from the Rideau High School carpentry and mechanics class with their teachers Robert Aucoin and Mark Backman have been helping with Streetcar 696.
PRESTO card readers are now updated at least 3 times a day, meaning your online loads are a lot faster than before!
PRESTO was recently upgraded to reduce the time it takes to update all the readers on the bus.
Your online or telephone purchases will now be distributed to the buses at least three times every day – and as often as six times in a day!
This means – for example - that purchases you make in the evening will be waiting for you when you tap your card on the bus the next morning.
Prior to this upgrade, Presto purchases were updated only once a day – which meant it could take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours before the purchase was ready for use.
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 wifi connection.
We hope this improvement in speed and efficiency is a benefit to all of our PRESTO customers, and will allow you to take full advantage of the convenience of online transit fare purchases.
Starting Tuesday, May 20, through the summer, afternoon Express routes going westbound will serve a temporary bus stop located farther west along the platform in an effort to reduce crowding at stop 2A, help speed up boarding, and improve pedestrian traffic flow during the Rideau Centre renovations. The routes serving the temporary stop are: 60, 61, 62, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 73, 76, 77, 261, 262, 263, and 283. Thank you for your patience during this period of adjustment.
Every Sunday, beginning May 18 up to and including August 31, the John A. Macdonald Parkway will be closed in the westbound direction from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for Sunday Bikedays.
In the westbound direction, Routes 87, 94, 95, 96 and 97 will detour between Westboro and Lincoln Fields Stations via Scott Street, Churchill Avenue, Richmond Road, Woodroffe Avenue and Carling Avenue.
A temporary bus stop will be installed on Richmond Road westbound at Golden Avenue for Routes 87, 94, 95, 96 and 97 in lieu of the usual westbound stop at Dominion Station.
2013 Customer survey indicates overall satisfaction with transit service is at 80%, the highest level in five years.
On Monday, March 3, a new Park & Ride lot opened at Ray Friel Recreation Complex on Tenth Line Road, bringing alternative commuting options for Orléans residents.
- 30 spaces on the west side of the parking lot
- Guaranteed parking, Monday to Friday until 6 p.m., with a permit – $23.50/month
- Nearby bus service
Bus Service Options
- Peak period route 136 to/from Place d’Orléans nearby on Tenth Line
- Express Route 35 to/from downtown and local Route 135 on Bottriell at Merkley
- Express Route 27 to/from downtown and Gatineau, and local Route 131, on Charlemagne at Tenth Line
Park & Ride Permits
A $23.50 monthly permit is required to Park & Ride at Ray Friel, along with proof of pass or Presto card purchase. Permits are available by the 15th of the previous month based on availability. To order a permit, call 613-842-3636, extension 2446. Call early to allow sufficient time for mailing. Payment can only be made with MasterCard, Visa or American Express.
For schedule information, call 613-560-1000 or text 560560 plus your 4-digit bus stop number, visit octranspo.com, or call 613-741-4390.
On February 11 we implemented changes to the 560-1000 system. The voice you now hear when you call 613-560-1000 has been replaced by a new ‘automated’ voice.
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
Transit is a shared space and everyone is entitled to a safe and harassment-free ride.
The OC Transpo Lost & Found, run by Heartwood House has moved to 404 McArthur Avenue on Thursday, January 2.
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 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Most holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
St. Laurent, Place d’Orléans and Lincoln Fields Transitway Stations
Monday to Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Beginning December 1, 2013, Para Transpo will begin accepting PRESTO cards loaded with a monthly pass.
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.
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.
You may encounter problems displaying some route timetable on the website; we are working towards fixing this problem as soon as possible. Please use the Route Schedules while we resolve the issue.
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PRESTO - Tickets Cost More
I use mine to pay-per-ride because tickets cost more!
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