Rural Transportation Options
If you are a senior citizen or an adult living with a physical disability in rural Ottawa, there are many options available to help you travel to, from, or within your community.
Rural Community Support Services
Our agencies are partnering together to provide enhanced transportation options:
- Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
- Rural Ottawa South Support Services
- Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre
Seniors and adults with a physical disability, who do not require a wheelchair, can get rides to scheduled appointments via our passenger vans with paid drivers or volunteers using their own vehicle. Travel is available to locations within the City and nearby communities.
If needed, escort support can be provided for persons requiring assistance with stairs or elevators at their destination. As well, arrangements can be made for escorts to stay with you during your scheduled appointment or community visit.
Reservations can be made in advance and Service Coordinators will use their best judgement to assess your needs and match you with the right person and right vehicle to get you to your appointment. Customers are asked to pay parking and mileage costs, and financial assistance is available for those who require it.
Contact each agency directly to arrange transportation or discuss availability of financial assistance:
Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
Serving Nepean, Kanata, and West Carleton
Rural Ottawa South Support Services
Serving Osgoode and Rideau-Goulbourn
Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre
Serving Gloucester, Orléans and Cumberland
Para Transpo is a door-to-door transportation service for persons with permanent or short-term disabilities who are unable to use conventional transit.
For rural residents, service is available only between rural and urban destinations in the City of Ottawa.
Taxi Coupon Program
The Taxi Coupon Program allows registered Para Transpo customers to take discounted taxi service as an alternative to Para Transpo.
Weekly Rural Shoppers’ Bus
The Rural Shoppers' Bus routes 201-205 provide once-a-week service from rural communities to urban shopping destinations.
Tickets and passes available at over 300 vendors! Find a vendor close to you.
PRESTO for U-Pass Holders
Get a PRESTO card for the summer
Visit an OC Transpo Sales Centre
In September, a new 2013-14 U-Pass will be provided to eligible students on campus
PRESTO - Pay Per Ride
Use your PRESTO card to pay-per-ride!