Service types

Transit routes and train lines are organized by service types. Each type has its own colour and symbol telling you when and where a route travels.

Service types and their route icons
Service Type Description Colours & Symbols
O-Train
  • Quick, frequent station-to-station train service on dedicated rail lines with no level crossings
Route icons for O-Train Line 1 and Line 2
Rapid
  • Quick, station-to-station bus service along the Transitway or highway
  • Operate 7 days a week
Route icons for Rapid service
Frequent
  • Service every 15 minutes or less from 6 am to 6 pm on weekdays
  • Operate 7 days a week along main roads
Route icons for Frequent service
Connexion
  • Quick, convenient connection from home to downtown
  • Operate weekday rush-hours only, both in the morning and returning home in the afternoon
Route icons for Connexion service
Local
  • Custom routing to local destinations
Route icons for Local service
School
  • Custom service from home to school
Route icons for School service
Shopper
  • Free weekly trips to and from the mall for rural Ottawa communities
Route icons for Shopper service
Event
  • Direct route to events at Lansdowne or the Canadian Tire Centre
Route icons for Event service

Other types of transit service

O-Train Line 1

The O-Train Confederation Line (Line 1) is a 12.5-kilometre electric light-rail service that will connect 13 stations from Tunney’s Pasture in the west to Blair in the east, replacing current Transitway service through central Ottawa.

  • Identified by a red circle on maps and signsO-Train Line 1 symbol
  • 12.5 km of rail running east to west from Blair Station to Tunney’s Pasture and through a 2.5 km downtown tunnel
  • Peak service will run every 5 minutes or less
  • Frequent service throughout the day and never more than 15 minutes after midnight or on weekends
  • End-to-end travel time less than 25 minutes
  • 13 stations – 4 underground
  • Each two-car train will be able to move up to 600 passengers comfortably
  • Will be able to accommodate up to 10,700 passengers per hour, each way
  • 100% accessible
  • 100% electrified vehicles for a quiet ride with zero emissions

O-Train Line 2

The O-Train Trillium Line (Line 2) is an 8-kilometre diesel light-rail service running from Greenboro Station in the south to Bayview Station just west of downtown.

  • Identified by a green circle on maps and signs O-Train Line 2 symbol
  • Connects to the Confederation Line at Bayview Station
  • Line 2 is served by 6 high-efficiency diesel engine trains
  • Each train can accommodate 260 passengers
  • Trains run 7 days a week, every 12–15 minutes

Rapid routes

Rapid routes provide high speed, station-to-station bus service

  • Identified by a blue circle on maps and signsRapid route symbol
  • Will offer connections to the O-Train Confederation Line all day, 7 days a week, at Tunney’s Pasture, Hurdman, and Blair Stations
  • Use the Transitway and dedicated bus lanes
  • Overnight, when O-Train Line 1 is not running, many Rapid routes will be extended to Rideau Station, serving all Line 1 stations en route. These trips will be identified as "N" (Night) trips. 

O-Train lines and Rapid routes

Map of Rapid route network

Frequent routes

Frequent routes offer reliable, high frequency bus service along major roads.

  • Frequent routes are shown in an orange hexagon on signs and maps Frequent route symbol
  • Service every 15 minutes or less from 6 am to 6 pm on weekdays
  • Operate 7 days/week

O-Train lines, and Rapid and Frequent routes

Map of Frequent route network

Connexion routes

Connexion routes offer convenient and reliable peak-period service between residential communities and downtown. When service begins on the O-Train Line 1, these routes will be shortened to connect to the O-Train. Connexion routes are shown in a purple oval on maps and signs Connexion route symbol

  • Routes are numbered in the 200s
  • Will connect with the Confederation Line at Blair Station from the east, Hurdman from the south and Tunney’s Pasture from the west and southwest

O-Train lines and Connexion routes

Map of Connexion route network

Local routes

Local routes offer customized routing and schedules, to serve destinations that are not on a Rapid or Frequent route.

Local route symbolLocal routes are shown in dark grey rectangles on maps and signs

Local limited service symbolA symbol with a white background means that a Local route only runs during certain times of the day, or on certain days of the week

  • Routes that will connect to the O-Train Line 1 are numbered below 100
  • Routes that do not connect Line 1 will be numbered 100-199