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  1. Something I've been thinking about for some time is OC Transpo offering "limited" service along its major routes, similar to the TTC's express branches or the NYMTA's limited routes, stopping only at major intersections. They could be used to provide speedy service along corridors far from the Transitway or the Confederation Line, such as Merivale, Baseline, Bank south of Billings Bridge, Montreal Road, and so on. In fact, Event route 456 offers just this type of service along Baseline between Woodroffe and Prince of Wales. In fact, that's how OC Transpo's express network got started back in the 1970s, with certain peak-period routes being limited analogues of regular routes. By 1980, all limited routes leaving Ottawa had become express routes, and those remaining within Ottawa's city limits became regular peak period routes. Once the Transitway opened in 1983, it became the major corridor for peak and express service between downtown and the suburbs, and the idea of limited-service routes pretty much disappeared.
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  3. According to the 1967 OTC map on file with the Carleton U library, three routes (82 Metcalfe Rd, 83 Uplands and 85 Pleasant Park) served the Bank & Grove terminal in 1967, but by 1973 the routes had been cut back to Billings Bridge, so that would fit the above timeline for when the shelter was demolished.
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  5. OC Transpo tweeted a photo from the 1998 Ice Storm showing a route 7 bus stop and shelter surrounded by ice and snow. Based on what I know about route 7 and the neighbourhoods it serves, I've determined that this stop was located on Sandridge Road westbound between St. Columba Anglican Church and Merriman Avenue, approximately where this Google Street View was taken (https://www.google.com/maps/@45.4558804,-75.6597024,3a,75y,18.14h,90.04t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sXva-IcTAt926VkUt6jD_3g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656). Between 2005 and 2007, the stop was moved closer to the corner of Sandridge and Birch Avenue, where it has been ever since.
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  7. OC Transpo Retired Bus(es) Whereabouts

    It's possible that that bus is 9126. The Street View is from 2013, and 9126 was in the Metro Towing lot in Stittsville until at least 2014.
  8. OC Transpo Retired Bus(es) Whereabouts

    There's a ex-OC, ex-ex-TTC 1960 Fishbowl that's been parked for several years at Cornwall Towing, located on Headline Road between Power Dam Drive and Highway 138. I haven't been able to determine which bus it is because the back window has been smashed and I cannot see the fleet number from the road, despite many attempts. The bus was still there during the YUL Christmas Lights charter in December, along with ex-Cornwall Transit 7511.
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  10. Ever get on the wrong bus in your home town?

    I don't take the bus much anymore, but I can still recall a few incidents from my youth even though I was a pretty savvy OC Transpo customer even as a child: One was in the early 1980s when route 4 ran from St. Laurent Shopping Centre to what would become South Keys on what are now portions of routes 7, 101, 4, 104, 290 and 92. My Mum and I were waiting for the 4 Overbrook at Billings Bridge, but because we didn't take a good look at the bus we were baording we accidentally caught the 4 Gloucester South/Sud. We went only one stop south of the bus terminal before we got off and caught the bus in the other direction. Another involved my Mum working late downtown, and she would catch route 4 at the Rideau Centre to come home. However, one night she took route 41 (now route 14) and she nearly ended up in Sandy Hill instead of St. Laurent Blvd. Needless to say, Mum was home extra-late that night. The last one I can recall occurred when I was in junior high school and I boarded the wrong 7 Special at my school. When we got to Montreal Road, our bus turned left into Vanier instead of continuing north on St. Laurent Blvd. We all scrambled off the bus and went back to catch the regular route 7 bus to get home.
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  14. History of old bus routes

    Bill, are you in Ottawa or can you get to Ottawa easily? If so, you will find old OC Transpo maps in the Ottawa Room at the main branch of the public library, at Metcalfe Street and Laurier Avenue West. They have a few maps which are not available on Carleton's website, including January 1978, September 1980, June 1981, and June 1982. They also have OTC and OC Transpo annual reports to fill in some of the gaps during the missing years. I have a large collection of OC Transpo maps myself, including every map since 1988, but there are some maps I would really like to have access to: anything before 1948, 1957, January 1959 before the OTC began dismantling the streetcar network, May 1959 just after all the streetcars had been abandoned, August 1972 just after the OTC became OC Transpo, 1975, 1977, and December 1983 when the Transitway first opened. I've studied the other maps and I was surprised just how far back some bus routes go. Something that will help direct your research is knowing that there have been three system-wide route renumberings, in 1983, 1985/1986, and 2017/2018. The 1983 renumbering had not yet been completed when the 1985 renumbering began, so that is why some route numbers changed twice and others only once. The OTC first used route numbers in September 1959, and routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 were used for over fifty years until route 3 was cancelled in 2011. Bus routes were identified by name before 1959, such as Overbrook or Westboro. The following are former OTC routes that are still operating today, along with their previous route numbers: 4: Bronson Trolleybus between 1951 and 1959, E Streetcar between 1931 and 1951, originally dates back to 1891. 5: Hull-Riverdale bus between 1954 and 1959, Elgin-Ottawa East bus between 1939 and 1954. 6: Route 1 between 1959 and 2017. 7: Route 1A between 1959 and 1974, B Streetcar between 1931 and 1959, originally dates back to 1891. 11: Route 2 between 1959 and 2017, S Streetcar between 1931 and 1959, originally dates back to 1895. 14: Route 41 between 1959 and 1986. 16: Route 52 between 1959 and 1985. 18: Route 51 between 1959 and 1986. 49: Route 149 between 1983 and 2017, route 85 between 1963 and 1983. 56: Route 6 between 1959 and 2017, Crosstown bus between 1920s and 1959. 86: Route 71 between 1961 and 1986.
  15. Zack "Busdude" Willhoite

    Like @M. Parsons, Busdude's Page O' Buses was one of the inspirations for Tom's Bus Page, along with TMX, GTBP and The Bus Spot. While I never met Zack in person, to the best of my knowledge, I did get to know him through the board and through Busdude.com, and I appreciated how much he was able to contribute to the transit enthusiast community. My wife and I are offering our prayers for Zack and Jim, and for their families in this difficult time, especially as Christmas is just around the corner. May they truly rest in peace.