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Spring service starts Sunday April 18, 2021

Highlights

Schedule and service changes

These adjustments reflect seasonal changes in ridership and the changing needs of our customers.

Use the Travel Planner or view the route schedules to check if your regular trips are affected.

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Routing adjustments

Route 290

Introduced in early March, morning trips towards Hurdman Station will continue to start at Walkley Station and follow a new routing to Fielding Dr.:

  • Previous routing: Started on Southmore Dr., then took Fielding Dr. to McCarthy Rd.
  • New routing: Starts at Walkley Station stop 3A, then takes Walkley Rd. to McCarthy Rd., then to Southmore Dr., then to Fielding Dr.

Afternoon trips on Route 290 will continue to end on Fielding Dr. instead of being extended to Walkley Station.

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Route 290 map effective April 18, 2021.

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Schedule adjustments

Trip adjustments

Trips on some routes will be adjusted to match seasonal changes in ridership, and to make schedules more reliable. These adjustments include:

  • Adjusting start and end times for trips on the route
  • Shortening trips to match ridership patterns
  • Extending trips on the route to serve more stops

Trips on weekdays are being adjusted on these routes:

  • Rapid Route 39
  • Rapid Route 63
  • Rapid Route 75
  • Frequent Route 10
  • Frequent Route 111
  • Local Route 20
  • Local Route 86
  • Local Route 89

Frequency reductions

Trips on some routes will be reduced to match seasonal changes in ridership. Some trips on weekdays are being removed on these routes:

  • Bus service for line 2
  • Rapid Route 61
  • Frequent Route 10
  • Frequent Route 25
  • Frequent Route 80
  • Frequent Route 111
  • Local Route 83
  • Local Route 89
  • Connexion Route 261
  • Connexion Route 262
  • Connexion Route 275

Some routes will continue to operate with reduced frequency due to lower ridership during the pandemic. Trips on weekdays are being adjusted on these routes:

  • Rapid Route 39
  • Rapid Route 61
  • Rapid Route 75
  • Rapid Route 98
  • Rapid Route 99
  • Frequent Route 6
  • Frequent Route 7
  • Frequent Route 12
  • Frequent Route 15
  • Frequent Route 40
  • Frequent Route 44
  • Frequent Route 90
  • Local Route 30
  • Local Route 38
  • Limited Local Route 66
  • Local Route 82
  • Local Route 86
  • Connexion Route 228
  • Connexion Route 235
  • Connexion Route 236
  • Connexion Route 251
  • Connexion Route 256
  • Connexion Route 272

School service

College and university service

To match seasonal changes in ridership levels, trips serving colleges and universities are being adjusted on these routes:

  • For Carleton University students, Routes Frequent Route 10 and Frequent Route 111 will have fewer trips on weekdays and Line 2Line 2 Route buses will have fewer trips 7 days a week.
  • For La Cité students, Route Frequent Route 25 will have fewer trips on weekdays.
High school service

Due to the detour on Montréal Road, some routes serving high schools in Vanier are being adjusted:

  • The afternoon school trip from Collège catholique Samuel-Genest to Parliament Station will move from Route Frequent Route 12 to Route Frequent Route 15. Students will be picked up at the same bus stop as they were before the detour.
  • The afternoon school trip from Lester B. Pearson High School to Parliament Station will be renumbered as NEW Route Limited Local Route 615 and will follow the Route Frequent Route 15 detour through Vanier.
  • The morning and afternoon school trips between Parliament Station and Gloucester High School will be renumbered as NEW Route Limited Local Route 616 and will follow the Route Frequent Route 15 detour through Vanier.

The trip times on some routes will be adjusted to better match bell times. Further adjustments may occur based on the decisions of the Province and school boards relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Trip times on school routes serving Longfields‑Davidson Heights Secondary School are being adjusted:

  • Frequent Route 80 will depart at 3:25 pm and 3:33 pm.
  • Local Route 171 will depart at 3:29 pm.

Montréal Road Revitalization Project

On Sunday April 18, Montréal Road will close in the eastbound direction from the Vanier Parkway to St-Laurent Boulevard for the Montréal Road Revitalization Project.

These routes will be detoured until Montréal Road reopens in 2022:

  • Frequent Route 12
  • Frequent Route 15
  • Local Route 20

Rack & Roll is gearing up!

The Rack & Roll program returns again this spring, and it's expanding! By the end of April, all buses on our network will be equipped with a bike rack.

NCC Outdoor Wellness Project – Bikedays

From May 22 until September 6, the westbound lane of the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway will be closed to motor vehicles as part of the NCC Outdoor Wellness Project. Every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday Monday this summer, between 8 am and 4 pm, only cyclists will be able to access the westbound lane.

The following routes will be detoured during the weekend Bikedays events with minimal impacts to service:

  • Rapid Route 57
  • Rapid Route 61
  • Rapid Route 62
  • Rapid Route 63
  • Rapid Route 74
  • Rapid Route 75
  • Frequent Route 87
  • Local Route 83

Check the Alerts page on Saturday and Sunday mornings for more information about this detour.

Construction detours

Work on Ottawa roads continues into the spring and could lead to service delays and detours. Check the Alerts page for a full list of ongoing and planned detours.

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