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We’re introducing a Severe Storm Schedule this winter

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Providing safe and reliable transit service for customers is our top priority. We are taking steps this winter to better manage bus service during severe winter storms.

This winter, we are piloting a special Severe Storm Schedule for buses on weekdays. It will be in effect when 31 cm or more of snow is expected. Other severe weather conditions that could impact bus operation may also bring this special schedule in effect. This could include a mixture of wet, heavy snow, ice, and freezing rain.

As we introduce a Severe Storm Schedule pilot this winter, OC Transpo will gather data to measure its success. This will help to determine if the schedule should become permanent every winter.

How will bus service change?

On weekdays, bus service will be based on a Saturday schedule, with limited service early mornings and on weekday-only routes. Trips will be added to select routes servicing hospitals.

O-Train Line 1 and Para Transpo service will not be reduced. However, customers should still expect delays.

Adjustments to bus types that are in operation will be made. This includes replacing many articulated buses with 40-foot or double-decker buses, as they tend to operate better in heavy snow.

If weather condition improves after being in effect or is less severe than expected, we will not continue with the Severe Storm Schedule. OC Transpo will work to restore regular service levels.

Bus routes that will operate normally

400-series and 450-series routes will operate for special events.

The following routes would operate on a normal weekday schedule:

  • Limited Local Route 21
  • Limited Local Route 31
  • Limited Local Route 158
  • Limited Local Route 164
  • Frequent Route 165
  • Limited Local Route 166
  • Limited Local Route 176
  • Connexion Route 221
  • Connexion Route 231
  • Connexion Route 237
  • Connexion Route 258
  • Connexion Route 261
  • Connexion Route 263
  • Connexion Route 264
  • Connexion Route 265
  • Connexion Route 270
  • Connexion Route 283
  • Connexion Route 299

Bus routes that will not operate

All 600-series School Routes and any school trips on regular routes would not operate.

The following routes and all Shopper Routes would not operate:

  • Rapid Route 114
  • Rapid Route 141
  • Frequent Route 154
  • Rapid Route 155
  • Frequent Route 161
  • Rapid Route 186
  • Frequent Route 199
  • Frequent Route 301
  • Rapid Route 302
  • Frequent Route 303
  • Rapid Route 304
  • Frequent Route 305

Bus routes that will operate on a modified schedule

The following routes would operate on a modified special schedule:

  • Local Route 5
  • Frequent Route 6
  • Frequent Route 7
  • Local Route 9
  • Frequent Route 10
  • Frequent Route 11
  • Frequent Route 12
  • Frequent Route 14
  • Frequent Route 15
  • Frequent Route 16
  • Local Route 18
  • Local Route 19
  • Local Route 20
  • Limited Local Route 23
  • Local Route 24
  • Frequent Route 25
  • Local Route 26
  • Limited Local Route 27
  • Local Route 28
  • Local Route 30
  • Local Route 32
  • Limited Local Route 33
  • Local Route 34
  • Local Route 35
  • Limited Local Route 37
  • Local Route 38
  • Rapid Route 39
  • Frequent Route 40
  • Local Route 42
  • Frequent Route 44
  • Rapid Route 45
  • Local Route 46
  • Limited Local Route 47
  • Local Route 48
  • Local Route 49
  • Local Route 50
  • Frequent Route 51
  • Frequent Route 53
  • Limited Local Route 54
  • Local Route 55
  • Limited Local Route 56
  • Rapid Route 57
  • Local Route 58
  • Rapid Route 61
  • Rapid Route 62
  • Rapid Route 63
  • Local Route 64
  • Limited Local Route 66
  • Limited Local Route 67
  • Limited Local Route 73
  • Rapid Route 74
  • Rapid Route 75
  • Frequent Route 80
  • Local Route 81
  • Local Route 82
  • Local Route 83
  • Local Route 84
  • Frequent Route 85
  • Local Route 86
  • Frequent Route 87
  • Frequent Route 88
  • Local Route 89
  • Frequent Route 90
  • Local Route 92
  • Local Route 93
  • Local Route 96
  • Rapid Route 97
  • Frequent Route 98
  • Rapid Route 99
  • Limited Local Route 110
  • Frequent Route 111
  • Local Route 131
  • Local Route 138
  • Limited Local Route 140
  • Limited Local Route 153
  • Limited Local Route 162
  • Limited Local Route 168
  • Limited Local Route 170
  • Local Route 171
  • Limited Local Route 173
  • Limited Local Route 175
  • Limited Local Route 187
  • Limited Local Route 190
  • Local Route 197
  • Limited Local Route 198
  • Connexion Route 222
  • Connexion Route 228
  • Connexion Route 232
  • Connexion Route 234
  • Connexion Route 236
  • Connexion Route 256
  • Connexion Route 257
  • Connexion Route 262
  • Connexion Route 267
  • Connexion Route 268
  • Connexion Route 271
  • Connexion Route 272
  • Connexion Route 273
  • Connexion Route 277
  • Connexion Route 278
  • Connexion Route 282
  • ConnexionRoute 290
  • Connexion Route 291
  • Connexion Route 294

Bus stops not in use

Several bus stops, normally served by Routes  141, 154, 155, 161, 168, and 681, would not be in use.

Bus stop (560#) not in use Routes
#8233 -- HERON / CLOVER
  • 141 Heron Park & Billings Bridge
#6139 -- CLOVER / GREGG
#4118 -- BROOKFIELD E / CLOVER
#4117 -- BROOKFIELD E / CLEMENTINE
#4116 -- BROOKFIELD E / KALADAR
#1096 -- KALADAR / GREGG
#4965 -- CONNAUGHT / SEVERN
  • 154 Queensway Terrace
#5216 -- TAVISTOCK / HENLEY
#5214 -- TAVISTOCK / ELMHURST
#4964 -- TAVISTOCK / CARLING
#1365 -- CONNAUGHT / SEVERN
  • 154 Lincoln Fields
  • 155 Bayshore
#5217 -- HENLEY / TAVISTOCK
  • 154 Lincoln Fields
#4963 -- TAVISTOCK / ELMHURST
#5215 -- TAVISTOCK / CARLING
#5223 -- KELLY / PINECREST
  • 155 Queensway Terrace
#5220 -- NEVILE / CLARENDA
#4961 -- CLARENDA / ALPINE
#4962 -- SEVERN / ARKELL
# 5218 -- SEVERN / CONNAUGHT
#5222 -- KELLY / PINECREST
  • 155 Bayshore
#5221 -- CLARENDA / NEVILLE
#4966 -- CLARENDA / ALPINE
#5219 -- SEVERN / ARKELL
ABBEYHILL / CASTLEFRANK
  • 161 Terry Fox
#5393 -- PICKFORD / VICKERS
#5396 -- PICKFORD / STURSBURG
#1723 -- PICKFORD / KAKULU
#1724 -- KAKULU / BERNIER
ABBEYHILL / SHERWOOD
  • 161 Bridlewood
#5394 -- PICKFORD / LOMBARDO
#5397 -- PICKFORD / STURSBURG
#1722 -- PICKFORD / SHEARER
#5379 -- KAKULU / CASTLEFRANK
#1725 -- KAKULU / BERNIER
#1932 -- ABBEYHILL / BANNING
  • 161 Birdlewood
  • 168 Bridlewood
  • 681 Kanata
#5432 -- ABBEYHILL / OLD COLONY
  • 161 Terry Fox
  • 168 Terry Fox
  • 681 Bell H.S

Due to road conditions, the following stops will not be in service:

Bus stop (560#) not in use Routes Alternate service

#2990 -- Meadowlands (south-side) / AD. 1356

  • 86 Tunney's Pasture
  • 111 Carleton
  • 689 Billings Bridge
#4497 -- Meadowlands (south-side) / Tiverton

#7367 -- Carling (north-side) / Sherwood

  • 55 Westgate
  • 56 Tunney's Pasture
  • 85 Bayshore
Temporary stop has been moved 20 meters east. 

#6441 -- Carling (south-side) / Grenon

  • 85 Gatineau
No alternative stop available.

#1565 -- Montreal (south-side) / Den Haag

  • 12 Blair
  • 15 Blair
  • 25 La Cité
  • 25 Millennium
  • 27 Wateridge
  • 616 Gloucester H.S
#1511 -- Montreal (south-side)  / Montfort Hospital
  • 25 La Cité
#0467 -- Den Haag (east-side) / Montreal
#3060 -- Bayview B
  • 16 Main
  • 57 Tunney's Pasture & N Rideau
  • 61 Tunney's Pasture & N Rideau
  • 63 Tunney's Pasture via Briarbrook & Gatineau
  • 66 Gatineau
  • 75 Tunney's Pasture & Gatineau & N Rideau
Temporary stop has been moved to Scott (south-side) / Bayview Station Road.

How will I know when it is in effect?

Customers will be notified a day in advance, through a variety of ways, each time a Severe Storm Schedule is in effect.

The best and most reliable way to be in the know is to sign up for My Alerts. That way you can get notified instantly when the Severe Snow Schedule is in effect. A text message would be sent directly to your cellphone or an email would be sent right to your inbox.

Some other ways that you can be notified are:

  • Through social media posts. Consider following us on Twitter @OCTranspo Live and on Facebook at OC Transpo.
  • By checking octranspo.com. The website will display a blue banner notice when the special schedule is in effect.
  • By viewing notices on Transit Information Screens at stations.
  • By checking the news as media outlets will be advised.

Severe Storm Schedule logo

The OC Transpo app and other third party apps will not display the special schedule. Real-time travel tools 560560, 613-560-5000, Transit Information Screens at stations, and the Travel Planner, will reflect the Severe Storm Schedule in effect for that day. With those, you will be able to plan your trips reliably.

To get an idea of how your travel could be affected, use the Travel Planner.

Plan your trip during a Severe Storm Schedule