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August 27th - OC Transpo fall service returns August 30

OC Transpo’s fall service returns on August 30. To welcome back students this fall, school service resumes, as well as increased trips to post-secondary schools.

Customers should visit octranspo.com and use the Travel Planner to see if their regular trips are affected by the return to fall schedules. Schedules are also available by calling 613-560-1000 or texting 560560 plus the four‑digit bus stop number, or first three letters of the station name.

Fall schedules

  • Service on O-Train Line 1 will run every three to four minutes during the morning peak period.

  • Select trip times on Routes 30 and 34 will be adjusted slightly to provide a more consistent frequency between trips.

  • Weekday overnight service on Routes N39, N57, N75 and N97 will be adjusted to reduce wait times for connections downtown.

  • Some trips on the following routes will be temporarily suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and reduced ridership: 6, 7, 10, 12, 18, 25, 39, 40, 44, 61, 63, 66, 75, 87, 88, 93, 99, 111, 179, 234, 235, 236, 256, 257, 270, 272 and 277.

Back to school service for students

OC Transpo will be there for students and parents to provide service to Ottawa high schools and middle schools in early September. Students and parents should check the Travel Planner for schedules before school starts. Some details are still being finalized, so be sure to keep checking. You can easily plan a trip to your school on the Destinations page. Some trip times are changing to accommodate school start and end times due to COVID-19 measures or to better match ridership.

School bus stop changes

At Place d’Orléans Station, some school routes will be reassigned to new stops. Customers can check octranspo.com and look for signage at the station to help with the changes.

Post-secondary school bus service

Routes serving post-secondary schools will return to fall service levels. Service will be increased on Routes 10 and 111 and Line 2 buses, serving Carleton University, and on Route 25, serving La Cité.

Fall U-Pass

The U-Pass program is back this fall and available to full-time students at Algonquin College, Carleton University, Saint Paul University, and the University of Ottawa. Fall U-Pass cards are valid starting September 1, 2020. Due to COVID-19 and a decrease in on-campus learning, changes have been made to the delivery of the U-Pass program at each post-secondary institution. Students should check their institution’s website for up-to-date information on the program. Additional information is available on octranspo.com.

Construction detours

Construction projects continue this fall and will affect several routes. Customers on the following routes should give themselves extra travel time and check octranspo.com for the latest service updates:

  • Rideau Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street – Routes 5, 6, 7, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 114, N39, N45, N57, N61, N75, N97, 602 and 624

  • Montréal Road between North River Road and St-Laurent Boulevard – Routes 12, 14, 15, 18 and 19

  • Old Richmond Road between West Hunt Club Road and Hope Side Road – Routes 252 and 256

  • Scott Street between Island Park Drive and Ross Avenue – Routes 16, 50, 81 and 153

  • Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre – Routes 11, 51, and 153

Labour Day

On Labour Day, Monday, September 7, OC Transpo will operate on a Sunday schedule. O-Train Line 1 will run from 8 am to 11 pm, and Line 2 buses will operate from 7:30 am to 11 pm. Labour Day also marks the last day of special service on Routes 185, 25 and 139 to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum and Petrie Island.

OC Transpo Customer Service (613-741-4390) will be open from 7 am to 9 pm, and the Rideau Centre Customer Service Centre will be open from 10 am to 6 pm.

Para Transpo will operate a holiday service on Labour Day. Regular scheduled trips are automatically cancelled, but customers may book trips for Labour Day by calling 613-244-7272 on or after August 31. Para Transpo’s reservation line (613-244-7272) will be open from 7 am to 5 pm and the cancellation line (613-244-4636) will be open from 6 am until midnight. Reservations and cancellations can also be made online.

Keeping you safer

OC Transpo continues to make public transit as safe as possible for everyone with mandatory masks, enhanced cleaning, hand sanitizer dispensers in stations and protective shields around bus operators. For the latest information, visit octranspo.com.

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