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Introducing The Next Stop Blog

We did it. We’ve launched a blog. If it were 1999, this would be cutting edge.

We recognize the year is 2023 and a TikTok account would have been more timely. We’re not ruling that out, we just need to work on our choreography.  

We also recognize that you, our customers, have lots of questions. We’re working to rebuild your trust and we understand that communication is an important part of this journey.  

The Next Stop Blog is your destination for OC Transpo stories and explainers. We want you to get to know OC Transpo. Not a little better, but a lot better.  

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OC Explained: Zero Emission Bus Project

Less greenhouse gas emissions, same great service and lower operating costs.

That’s exactly what OC Transpo is working toward as we transition our bus fleet from diesel to electric.

On February 1, Council approved our plan to proceed with adding 26 zero emission buses (ZEBs) in 2024. We also received approval to move ahead with facility upgrades that will help charge and maintain our growing electric bus fleet.

This is an important project and we’re excited to tell you more about it.

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Making it easier for people with guide dogs to travel on public transit

This bus will find its new home at CNIB’s Canine Campus, which is a 158-acre rural property and the national training facility for CNIB Guide Dogs. Pictured are left to right: Miriam Mas (CNIB), OC Transpo Accessibility Specialist, Kathy Riley, OC Transpo General Manager, Renée Amilcar, Ben Francis (CNIB) and Shona Kemp (CNIB).

A decommissioned OC Transpo bus is on its way to CNIB’s Canine Campus in Carleton Place, creating a new life and purpose for a bus that once transported thousands of customers across Ottawa. After many years in service, this bus will now help CNIB Guide Dog Trainers enable future guide dogs to learn the procedures for boarding, traveling, and exiting public transit.

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Meet some of OC Transpo’s longest serving employees

On November 18, the City of Ottawa held its first in-person long service awards ceremony since 2019.

More than 400 employees were recognized for their 25 to 50 years of dedicated service.

We caught up with some of OC Transpo’s longest serving employees.

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Tracking Progress: Stage 2 East Extension East meets O-Train Line 1

Construction at Blair Station to connect O-Train Line 1 to Stage 2 East Extension, early October 2022.

Over the weekend, O-Train Line 1 was officially introduced to its east extension. Stage 2 crews successfully connected the rail of O-Train Line 1 with the O-Train East Extension near Blair Station.

East end customers in Beacon Hill, Blackburn Hamlet, and Orléans are one step closer to seeing trains being tested in their community.

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OC Transpo’s newest Bus Operators are ready to hit the road

Ten new Bus Operator graduates celebrate the completion of their training (October 21, 2022)

After spending six weeks learning the ins and outs of safely driving a bus, OC Transpo is handing over the keys to another class of successful Bus Operator graduates.

OC Transpo’s recruitment campaign is on target to hire 290 Bus Operators by the end of the year. Special efforts to hire additional Bus Operators will continue as part of OC Transpo’s ongoing commitment to provide reliable bus service to customers.  

Are you interested in driving for OC Transpo?

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Look whoooo’s turning 33!

OC Owl has been having a hoot for three decades helping customers safely travel on OC Transpo.

In October 1989, Brian Mulroney was Prime Minister, the top Canadian music artists were Tom Cochrane and Roch Voisine. Also in this year, OC Owl was officially introduced to commuters as a public safety ambassador for OC Transpo’s Transecure Community Watch program.

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