The buses will be in operation and staffed as of this coming Monday, December 2. The buses are being staged at the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Baseball Stadium.
The purpose of this dedicated fleet of buses is to allow OC Transpo to provide R1 replacement bus service to supplement the Confederation Line, should there be problems with the train service, without drawing from buses assigned to regular routes. This results in more rapid deployment of R1 service when needed and more reliable bus service overall. As you can see from the picture below, the buses are clearly marked as being part of the R1 bus replacement service, which will help customers to identify them when deployed.
This dedicated fleet is one of the many innovations and improvements OC Transpo is providing in stations and throughout the transit network to improve service to customers and keep our city moving.