OC Transpo’s new fall service plan will introduce major route changes designed to provide a more streamlined, reliable and efficient transit network that will be financially sustainable into the future. Customers are encouraged to visit www.checkyourroute.ca before September 4 to find out how the changes may affect their transit travel.
Bus route information, travel planning assistance, maps and schedules are all available at www.checkyourroute.ca or by calling 613-741-4390. Customers on-the-go can use their smartphone, blackberry or tablet to access OCTranspo’s new and improved mobile travel planner at octranspo.mobi.
Fall service changes effective September 4 include:
Increased frequency on many routes to reflect the higher demand for service in the fall.
Changed off-peak service on some routes due to low ridership or the availability of alternative service.
Nine new bus routes, which will replace existing routes or sections of routes, as follows: 30, 41, 93, 132, 134, 159, 180, 185 and 193.
36 routes changed due to duplication of service or inefficiencies: 3, 15, 23, 32, 33, 39, 57, 63, 64, 82, 88, 103, 115, 117, 125, 133, 141, 142, 145, 153, 154, 155, 158, 160, 165, 166, 167, 179, 184, 187, 188, 190, 191, 197, 306 and 316. These routes will be replaced by other routes, or sections of routes, or have alternative service available nearby.
Revamped school service with many 600-numbered routes replaced by special trips on regular routes.
New destination names for many routes, which are more neighbourhood-specific and user-friendly.
Park & Ride Growth
Park & Ride facilities across the city provide more than 5,000 free parking spaces for commuters, and they keep growing. Fallowfield Park & Ride lot will be expanded by an additional 584 spots later this fall, while Riverview Park & Ride recently grew by 245 spaces. Despite the increase, some lots fill up quickly, while others have available space. Check octranspo.com for alternative lots in your community. Customers are also reminded to park in designated parking spaces only, to allow room for safe passage of emergency vehicles and to avoid receiving a fine.
College and high school students are reminded to get their new transit photo ID card ($6.25) before last year’s card expires on September30. Special photo sessions will be available at many schools, so check octranspo.com for locations and times. Photo ID cards are available at OC Transpo Sales Centres, as well as these two temporary locations: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, and the Kanata Client Service Centre, 580 Terry Fox Drive, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until September 9 and again from September 19 to 30.
On Monday, September 5, OC Transpo will operate a Sunday schedule, so only those routes that normally run on Sundays will be in service. Holiday schedules are available at octranspo.com. OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres and the Transit Information Call Centre will be open.
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