Seasonal Service Changes:
Seasonal Capacity Adjustments – Every year, ridership increases across the system as the summer ends and customers return to regular travel patterns. The frequency of service is adjusted to reflect these changes in ridership, and the capacity provided is adjusted to carry the increased number of customers travelling during this time. Seasonal reductions will end, with scheduled service returning to pre-summer levels. School service will resume.
School trips – Special school trips and school routes in the 600-series will resume. Changes to school service have been made based on observed ridership levels and in consultation with school boards. The number of afternoon trips on Route 84 serving Sir Robert Borden High School and Route 645 from Hillcrest High School / École secondaire catholique Franco Cité will be reduced; sufficient capacity will remain to accommodate the expected ridership. Route 696 serving École secondaire publique Omer-Deslauriers will be discontinued and replaced by extended trips on Route 96 and a trip in the morning and afternoon on Route 689 that will serve Billings Bridge Station, Alta Vista and Heron Gate neighbourhoods.
Summer Weekend Service to Seasonal Destinations – The last day of operation for the seasonal service on Route 129 to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Route 139 to Petrie Island, and Route 185 to the Canada Agriculture Museum will be Monday, September 2.
Construction – Ongoing construction work affecting transit service includes the following:
- Routes 5 and 14 will continue to be detoured around the Elgin Street Renewal project.
- Routes 12, 14, 18, and 19 may experience delays along Montréal Road and Rideau Street due to construction between North River Road and Vanier Parkway.
- Routes 40 and 48 may experience delays due to construction on St-Laurent Boulevard and Walkley Road.
- Routes 228 and 302 may experience delays due to construction on Navan between Renaud and Mer Bleue.
- Routes 252 and 256 may experience delays because of construction on Old Richmond Road between West Hunt Club and Hope Side Road.
Holidays – On Labour Day, Monday, September 2, a Sunday service will be provided.
Full details of these service changes will be communicated to customers through August with use of printed and electronic materials. Please direct customers to octranspo.com or to the OC Transpo Customer Service Centre (613-741-4390) for more information.
OC Transpo has a number of customer-friendly applications and tools so that customers can access timely information about our service while on the go. These include texting 560560 for real-time bus schedule information, downloading the OC Transpo iPhone app or an independent app, signing up for text alerts on octranspo.com to receive the latest information, checking transit information screens at many major stations, as well as visiting octranspo.com from a smartphone. Real time information is also available by calling 613-560-1000 plus the bus stop number. Once the fall service changes begin on September 1, customers can find up-to-date schedules and real-time information by using these applications and tools.
The OC Transpo website will also provide information to assist customers. Customers will be encouraged to visit www.octranspo.com.