On Monday, conventional bus service has been adjusted across the network to reflect lower customer volumes, while maintaining space for safe physical distancing for the protection of customers and staff.
Effective Monday, March 30, schedules have been adjusted on all conventional bus routes. Please note the following key points:
- Service continues to be provided to all essential services and neighbourhoods;
- Most routes are adjusted to provide Saturday service levels on weekdays;
- Routes that do not normally run on Saturdays, such as some Connexion routes, will run at modified service levels;
- Some routes are enhanced with extra trips and frequency adjustments; and,
- On many routes, the first trip in the morning will be later than usual.
OC Transpo will be monitoring the adjusted transit service. As Monday, March 30th was the first day of the revised schedules, OC Transpo knows that there will be situations and comments that arise and that further service adjustments may be needed in the days to come.
Customers can help OC Transpo make adjustments by providing details of where and when they are travelling from and to, and whether they make that trip regularly. OC Transpo will be prioritizing changes that keep sufficient space available on buses and changes that address travel needs to essential services.
Operators will be reporting instances where buses are full to the point that safe physical distancing is not being achieved on board or where buses are full to the point that customers are choosing to wait for the next trip. We have the possibility to increase capacity on trips by adding additional buses or by assigning a larger bus to a trip. Spare buses will be strategically placed across the city for deployment should situations arise where safe physical distancing may not be possible.
We will be reminding customers to board buses through the rear doors and to use the front door only if they have accessibility needs, including customers who need to use the designated cooperative seating.
As this situation evolves, we appreciate the patience and cooperation of our customers as we continue to adjust our service. For more information on the March 30 bus service adjustment, please visit octranspo.com. Any further adjustments to scheduled service will be incorporated into the online travel planner.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the OC Transpo staff who are working around the clock continuing to provide transit services during this difficult situation.