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LeBreton Station is moving to Albert at Booth as Preston closes north of Albert for light-rail construction. Buses will be rerouted to use Booth between the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Albert. The layout of bus stops at the station will be similar to what it currently is.
To make sure they don’t fall victim to a discount fare card scam, PRESTO is reminding customers to only buy PRESTO cards from an authorized source: OC Transpo Customer Service Centres, select ServiceOttawa Client Service Centres, online at prestocard.ca or by phone at 1-8-PRESTO-123 (1-877-378-6123).
On Monday, Sept.5, 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. Book your Labour trips by calling 613-244-7272 on or after Aug. 29.
The 600-series routes and special trips on regular routes are back for the school year: starting Aug. 30 for French schools and Sept. 6 for English schools. School service is adjusted every year, so confirm your route and schedule before school starts. Extra trips to colleges and universities will start up again with the beginning of classes. Student paper passes will not be accepted after September 2016. You’ll need a PRESTO card to load a monthly student pass for October.
Many routes will run more often beginning Sunday, Sept. 4 as new fall schedules come into effect. We’re also launching a new route in Stittsville (Route 167) and improving service to Carling Campus. Special summer service to museums and Petrie Island wraps up for the year on Labour Day.
The extra Park & Ride spaces provided by Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre are moving to a convenient covered lot, just north of their current location. You can access this new lot by the mall’s west entrance on Place d’Orléans Drive. Please obey all signage and only park in designated spaces.
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Route 231 becomes Route 228, and Route 232 becomes Route 222. Routing and schedules do not change. The new numbering is part of preparations for the launch of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018.
Buses will follow a slightly different routing through Tunney’s Pasture as light-rail construction at the station pushes forward. Buses will continue to serve the same stops. Please respect all signs and be careful when you approach the construction zone.
New Tunney's Pasture Station Layout
Due to the closure of Pagé Rd. at Brian Coburn, we are rerouting Routes 34 and 134 away from Pagé Rd. and Creek Crossing. We are also extending Route 34 to offer better service to the Trailsedge and Eastboro communities. These changes will bring closer access to transit for some customers, but others may have a slightly longer walk.
OC Transpo held a technical briefing regarding three reports: Bus Service Identification, OC Transpo 2018 Route Network, and OC Transpo Fare System. This technical briefing is one of many that will be held as we lead up to the opening of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018.
We have finished installing bike racks on our buses so you can take your bike along for the ride. More than 450 buses, including all those on routes 12, 85, 91, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 99, 101, 106 and 118 are equipped with a rack. Use the Travel Planner’s “More options” features to plan your bike-friendly trips.
On July 1, 2016, fares rose an average of 2.5% to keep pace with inflation and the cost of providing transit service. The price of the Community Pass remains the same.
OC Transpo’s Travel Planner now provides a full screen Google map to view your route, as well as multiple travel solutions to help you find the best trip.
The report provides a snapshot of what occurred in 2014 and a summary of how transit service was planned, operated and managed over the past year.
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!
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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 Customer Service Centre.
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.
Free Wednesdays for Seniors 65+
- Unlimited rides, all day
- All routes
You will still need to pay the full fare to ride Para Transpo on Wednesdays.
School Board PRESTO cards
Check to see if you qualify before buying a pass
Some students will receive a free transit pass through their school
Contact your school board to see if you’re eligible
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