Ottawa – OC Transpo is offering O-Train Line 1 service at no-charge, for a limited time. Downtown bus service has also been restored to parts of Albert and Slater streets, the Mackenzie King Bridge, and only minor detours remain in effect.
No-charge O-Train Line 1 service is in addition to the no-charge service in effect for 15 downtown bus routes, and for Para Transpo trips to and from Rideau-Vanier and Somerset wards. No-charge bus service includes routes 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 55, 56, 85, and 114.
This service is being offered to our customers in recognition of the significant disruption to transit travel in the downtown core due to recent road closures and detours. No-charge service will be in place for 30 days, with regular fares resuming on March 27.
Customers can board O-Train Line 1 and the 15 no-charge downtown bus routes at any stop without paying a fare. Fare gates at all O-Train Line 1 stations will be open.
When using these no-charge routes, do not tap your Presto card or pay a fare when boarding the bus – the Operator will let you on without requiring a fare. Customers boarding these routes will not receive a printed transfer. Fares and transfers will continue to be required for access to Line 2 buses and all other bus routes, and Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) buses.
Para Transpo service is at no charge for all trips booked to or from addresses in Somerset and Rideau-Vanier wards. You can find out which ward you live in or are travelling to by entering the address here: ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/mayor-and-city-councillors.
As more downtown roads reopen, we are on standby and ready to return buses to their regular routes. Stay up to date on the latest transit information by visiting octranspo.com/alerts or following OC Transpo’s Twitter accounts.
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