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New service types

Double decker bus

Rapid • Frequent • Connexion • Local

  • New route types tell you when and where a route travels
  • Each type has its own colour and symbol

Bus routes continue to be transformed into a coordinated network that simplifies connections with the O-Train.

Routes that have operated along the Transitway through central Ottawa will be replaced by high-frequency O-Train Confederation Line service. Currently, 48 different bus routes operate through downtown on Mackenzie King Bridge, Albert Street and Slater Street. All of these routes will be shortened to connect with the Confederation Line at Blair, Hurdman, or Tunney’s Pasture stations, and will not travel through downtown. Cross-regional routes will each be split into two new routes, one connecting to the train at a station in the west, and the other connecting at a station in the centre or east.

Route types

Description Numbers Colours & symbols


  • Quick, frequent station-to-station train service on a dedicated rail line with no level crossings

1 – Confederation Line
2 – Trillium Line

O-Train Line symbols


  • Quick, station-to-station bus service along the Transitway or highway
  • Provide a full-time connection to the O-Train at Blair, Hurdman and Tunney’s Pasture Stations, 7 days a week

Under 100

Rapid route symbol


  • Service every 15 minutes or less from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays
  • Operate 7 days a week along main roads with connections to the O-Train

Under 100

Frequent route symbol


  • Quick, convenient connection from home to the Confederation Line at Blair, Hurdman and Tunney’s Pasture Stations
  • Operate weekday rush-hours only, both in the morning and returning home in the afternoon


Connexion route symbol


  • Custom routing to local destinations

Under 200

Local route symbol


  • Custom service from home to school


School route symbol


  • Free weekly trips to and from the mall for rural Ottawa communities


Shopper route symbol


  • Direct route to events at Lansdowne or the Canadian Tire Centre


Event route symbol

Confederation Line – Line 1

The O-Train Confederation Line 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 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

Trillium Line – Line 2

The O-Train Trillium Line is an eight-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 Trillium Line 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
  • Will use Transitway roadways as well as dedicated bus lanes
  • 11 Rapid routes will replace Transitway routes currently numbered in the 80s and 90s

O-Train lines and Rapid routes

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
  • Run every 15 minutes or less between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays and at least every 30 minutes at all other times
  • The new service network will include 15 Frequent routes
  • 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 one-connection service between residential communities and the Confederation Line.

  • 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
  • The new service network will include 35 Connexion routes

O-Train lines and Connexion routes

Connexion route network

Limited service in the west end

Most Kanata, Stittsville and Barrhaven Connexion routes bypass Westboro, Dominion, Lincoln Fields and Pinecrest Stations in the afternoon.

West-end Connexion Route stops

Local routes

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

  • Local routes are presented in dark grey rectangles on maps and signs Local route symbol

Local route 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 Confederation Line are numbered below 100; routes that do not connect will be numbered 100-199. Forty-one Local routes will connect directly to the Confederation Line.
  • 44 Local routes offer all day service and 25 operate at limited times, such as weekday rush-hours only
  • Many current Local routes will be extended from their community to connect directly to the Confederation Line

Local routes numbered below 100 will all connect to the O-Train Confederation Line!