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  1. This was on OC Transpo's "Alerts" page for the "Rideau Street Closure Starting Sunday, April 19th": https://www.octranspo.com/en/alerts/#alerts-28971 Since when does the N75 Barrhaven go to Bells Corners? Also, the N75 Rideau starts at Moodie and Fitzgerald? Double Oops! N75 Barrhaven Centre Start route westbound Rideau at Waller, left on Dalhousie, right on Besserer, right on Waller, right on Mackenzie King Bridge, right on Elgin, left on Queen, left on Lyon, right on Albert, continue Scott, right into Tunney’s Pasture Station, serve stop C, continue regular route to Bells Corners. N75 Rideau From Moodie and Fitzgerald, continue regular route to Tunney’s Pasture Station, serve stop C., left on Scott, continue Albert, continue Slater, left on Bay, right on Queen, right on O’Connor, left on Slater, continue Mackenzie King Bridge, left on Waller, left on Besserer, right on Dalhousie, right on Rideau, end route at temporary stop.
  2. RIDEAU STREET CLOSURE STARTING SUNDAY, APRIL 19TH As the detour description was too long to copy out here, all of the full and detailed detour information and maps are available here, along with full routing descriptions for each of the detoured routes: https://www.octranspo.com/en/alerts/#alerts-28971 Interestingly, the routing descriptions provided include the routing outside of downtown for many of the routes. Probably due to how busy OC Transpo is with the current situation, it was simpler to copy and paste the full revised routing descriptions onto the site than have someone re-type just the downtown specific routing for each route.
  3. There are several construction projects affecting OC Transpo service in the next few days: Quoted Text Below: Eastbound Transitway Closure at Blair Station: From Wednesday, April 1, to Friday, April 3, Routes 28, 30, 32, 34, 35, 38 and 39 eastbound will be detoured daily from 9 am to 3 pm due to the closure of the Transitway, near Blair Station. Instead of taking the Transitway, buses will use Blair Rd. and the regular-traffic eastbound ramp onto the 174. All stops will be served. Please allow a few extra minutes for your travel. Highway 174 Westbound Bus Lane Closure from Trim to Tenth Line: From 11 pm on Saturday, April 4 to 9 am on Sunday, April 5, Routes 38 and 39 westbound will be detoured due to HWY 174 bus lane closures at Highway 174 Westbound, from Trim Rd. to Tenth Line Rd. All stops will be served. Please allow a few extra minutes for your travel. Algonquin College Navaho / North Access Roadway Closure: Navaho Drive will be closed due to construction from 7:00 AM on April 1st until April 3rd at 5:00 PM. This closure will affect Route 88 and stops #0704, #0705, #0706 and #0707. Temporary stops are set up for service on Navaho. Affected stops Bus stops affected Alternate service #0704 -- Navaho / Algonquin College Residence Temporary stop -- Navaho / Service #0705 -- Navaho / Algonquin College Residence Temporary stop -- Navaho / Service #0706 -- Algonquin College / College Temporary stop -- Navaho / Service #0707 -- Algonquin College / College Temporary stop -- Navaho / Service Detour Routing Route 88 to Hurdman: From Navaho, left onto Navaho, then left to Woodroffe, continuing to College Ave for regular route Route 88 to Terry Fox: From College Ave., left onto Woodroffe, right to Navaho to continue regular route.
  4. This morning, I found this article online from yesterday, March 27 2020. Apparently the Confederation Line has been recognized for excellence in engineering. Article titled "Ottawa light-rail line recognized for engineering excellence" https://www.progressiverailroading.com/passenger_rail/news/Ottawa-light-rail-line-recognized-for-engineering-excellence--60078 I also did some further searching on this. Here is another article on the same subject, also from March 27 2020, titled "Ottawa LRT Earns National Recognition Award" https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/light-rail/ottawa-lr-earns-national-recognition-award/
  5. New changes for anyone trying to access St. Laurent Mall from St. Laurent Station. Quoted text pasted below, along with the map provided by OC Transpo. Access to St-Laurent Station from the Mall March 27 Starting March 27, the St-Laurent mall will reduce its hours to 6am - 7:30pm daily. While the mall is open, all doors except the north door (beside Toys “R” Us) and the upper level door across from St-Laurent station will be locked. To get to St-Laurent station when the mall is closed, use external walkways as shown in the map below. The station is located at the south end of the mall. From the north entrance, head either east or west then follow the path south.
  6. New changes to the operation of the OC Transpo Lost and Found effective March 26. Quoted text below: Changes to Heartwood House hours and operations March 26 Until further notice, OC Transpo Lost & Found, managed by Heartwood House, has made the following changes: New office hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 2 pm. Calls will only be accepted during these hours. The public is no longer allowed to visit the office. You can pick up urgently needed items (wallet, purse, work device and medication) by appointment. To book a time: Call 613-563-4011 Email lostandfound@heartwoodhouse.ca All other items will be held in storage until it is safe to resume normal operations. In the meantime, you can call to have your name placed on your item.
  7. Finally, a few more photos, as these could not fit into my first post. My personal favourite wrapped bus: 6394 wrapped up to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Transitway (2008). I took these three photos on June 20, 2009 along Riverside Drive at Mooney's Bay Park. 6394 was doing the Dragon Boat Festival Shuttle.
  8. Wasn't sure if this topic/thread was just for current wrapped OC buses or past OC wrapped buses as well. Anyways, with all this time at home now, I recently had time to clean out my hard drive. While doing so, I found a few pictures I took of wrapped OC buses over the years. In order posted: 8068 wrapped for Jackson-Triggs Wines/Ottawa 2017 (taken October 26, 2017 at Bayshore Station); 6503 wrapped for Ottawa 2017 (taken May 10, 2017 at Robertson and Moodie); 5085 wrapped for the Ottawa Citizen (taken August 19, 2014 at Hurdman Station); 4451 wrapped for the Ottawa Senators/NHL 2012 All-Star Game (taken March 17, 2012 at Confederation Square); 5073 wrapped for the Ottawa Green Bin Program (taken April 13, 2011 at Bayshore Station); 4463 wrapped for Tourism India (taken September 19, 2009 at Baseline Station).
  9. In addition: Heartwood House, where OC Transpo's Lost and Found is, will have reduced hours. https://www.octranspo.com/en/news/article/heartwood-house-closing-early/ Quote: "Until further notice, the OC Transpo Lost and Found, managed by Heartwood House, will have reduced opening hours. The new hours will be Monday 9:00am to 6:00pm and Tuesday to Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm."
  10. Saw a few Double Deckers while on a walk this evening: 81xx was deadheading Eastbound on Robertson and Moodie around 20:00 (too far away to get the exact fleet number); 80xx was on the 57 Tunney's Pasture at Robertson and Fitzgerald at 20:10 (too far away to get the exact fleet number); 8056 -> 88 Terry Fox at Robertson and Fitzgerald at 20:22.
  11. Thank you @Loud-Invero I read through the page. Very detailed information on what they are doing. Nice to see additional staff are being brought on to clean the trains.
  12. Thank you for the reference. I also realized I posted an article on Tuesday in this forum regarding the lack of staff available to do cleaning on buses.
  13. OC Transpo's website finally has a page on its response to the on-going COVID-19 situation: https://www.octranspo.com/en/news/article/attention-octranspo-customers/ Quote: "OC Transpo is asking all transit customers to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Ottawa. OC Transpo is committed to keeping its customers and staff safe." The page makes 3 main points: 1) if you feel sick, please stay home (don't use transit if: you have a fever and/or new onset of cough or difficulty breathing; you have been in close contact with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case); 2) protect yourself while riding public transit (cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; consider social distancing when possible (ideally 2 metres)); 3) wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer as soon as possible or when you reach your destination. Worth Noting: Unlike the TTC, GO Transit/Metrolinx, and the STM, among others; there is nowhere on the page that outlines how OC Transpo is stepping up cleaning on buses, on trains, and at stations in response to COVID-19. These other agencies have outlined on their respective pages what they are specifically doing regarding cleaning on public transit.
  14. Thanks for the additional information and run numbers! Makes sense, as ending at 17:30 gives the bus an hour to get back to the depot before the shift ends at 18:30. Also makes sense that they are voluntary, as the number of S1 trips after 17:30 varied each day last week, from what I saw. I did do some spottings when the extended S1 service was running. I saw extras doing the S1 runs between 17:30 and 18:30/19:00 arriving at Tunney's Pasture. It was easy to tell they were S1 trips, as they arrived at Platform C signed up as X Special. Also, the amount of S1s arriving after 17:30 varied day by day. Personally, I only saw one or two S1 (X Special) trips arrive each day at Tunney's Platform C while I was spotting from 17:30 to 18:30, although there could have been more. From my observations, on Tuesday, the R1 novas started arriving at Tunney's around 06:15, and by the time my 16 Main arrived at Tunney's at 06:27, there were 4 R1 novas laid up at Tunney's, one of which was already signed up as an S1, ready to leave at 06:30. It looked like these R1 novas left the garage right when their shift began at 06:00. Mid-morning, they were still using R1 novas for the S1 until 09:30, as I saw an R1 nova run the last S1 out of Tunney's on both Monday and Wednesday at 09:30, while I was waiting for the last 56 King Edward. Worth noting, a few R1 novas left Tunney's NIS at this time to head back to the garage, as only 1 R1 nova was left in the layup as of 09:25 (the one signed up as S1). I guess OC knows they can get the R1 novas back to the garage before 10:00am, even with runs starting at 09:30. I did not see any non-R1 novas running S1 service during the morning. Also, R1 novas were running the S1 service in the early afternoons. Staging for the R1 novas began at around 14:40/14:45 as usual, and by 15:00, all 20 were staged and ready to go. It looked like these R1 novas left the garage right when their shift began at 14:30. I saw a few pass by uOttawa Station around 14:40/14:45, and by the time I got to Mackenzie King around 14:55, they were all lined up and ready to go. It seemed like they were using only R1 novas for the S1 from 15:00 to 17:30, as I did not see any non-R1 nova buses running S1 service. So, it generally looks like they were only using extras/reporters to run S1 service from 17:30 to 19:00. There may have been a few extras/reporters running S1 runs outside of the late afternoon, although I did not see any last week. Yup, from my OC source, all R1 novas were updated with the S1 update first, that was the priority. I myself have yet to spot a non-R1 nova with an S1 exposure displayed, which makes it easy to tell if the bus is updated or not, just look for X Special! That will likely change, and soon all of the buses will hopefully be able to sign up as S1. The articulated S1 you saw was most likely updated manually by a driver I know who is able to do that; every bus he has, he updates with the most recent Luminator update when he starts his shift! I totally agree with this statement. Someone showed me recently how you update the destination signs, and looking at how it took around 30 seconds to a minute to update, multiplied by close to a thousand buses, and it is no doubt that it will take awhile to update the OC fleet. It would definitely be more helpful if all this updating could be done faster and/or more efficiently, but for now, it is still manually insert the USB, and wait...
  15. These are all the OC Transpo routes I have taken. For post-rail: bolded, underlined routes are routes that I have taken completely from start to finish; italicized routes are routes I have only taken a part of, at any time. These are the routes that I have taken after October 6, 2019; or after January 1, 2019, if the post-rail routing/route number change took effect before October 6, 2019. I have been on every single post-rail/current OC Transpo route for at least part of the route; excluding the 139 & 185 summer special routes, the 400-series special event routes, and the 600-series school routes; which I have not taken at all. Note: For post-rail/current routes that I have taken the complete routing of, from start to finish; I have also taken any and all variants of the main routing of the specific route; such as early morning, late evening, or peak period/rush hour branches/extensions of the route; for example. Post-Rail: Line 1, R1 (Line 1 Replacement Route), S1 (Line 1 Supplemental/Extra Peak Period Service Route), Line 2, R2 (Line 2 Replacement Route), 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, N39 (Night Route/Extension), 40, 42, 44, 45, N45 (Night Route/Extension), 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, N57 (Night Route/Extension), 58, 61, 61C (Rush Hour Branch), 61D (Rush Hour Branch), N61 (Night Route/Extension), 62, 63, 64, 66, 73, 74, 75, N75 (Night Route/Extension), 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 92, 93, 96, 96B (Hunt Club Road Branch), 97, N97 (Night Route/Extension), 98, 99, 111, 114, 131, 138, 140, 141, 153, 154, 155, 158, 161, 162, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 170, 171, 173, 175, 176, 179, 186, 187, 190, 197, 198, 199, 221, 222, 224, 225, 228, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 251, 252, 256, 257, 258, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 270, 271, 272, 273, 275, 277, 278, 282, 283, 284, 290, 291, 294, 299, 301 (Free Rural Shopper Route), 302 (Free Rural Shopper Route), 303 (Free Rural Shopper Route), 304 (Free Rural Shopper Route), 305 (Free Rural Shopper Route) Also, I took the complete routing of the post-rail 104 in December 2019. This is the Hurdman Shuttle from the Ottawa VIA-Rail Station to the nearby Hurdman (LRT) Station, which only runs once a week, leaving the Ottawa VIA-Rail Station on Sundays at 23:25 (10 minutes after the last train from Toronto arrives), and arriving at Hurdman Station around 4-5 minutes later. There are no stops along the route, as the shuttle only stops at two places, the Ottawa VIA-Rail Station and Hurdman Station. The shuttle only runs because LRT service ends at 23:00 on Sundays, and since Hurdman Station is a major transfer station, passengers can transfer at Hurdman to a bus going downtown or elsewhere. Worth Noting: Hurdman Station is only one stop down the LRT line (Line 1) from Tremblay Station (the LRT station located at the Ottawa VIA-Rail Station) going Westbound, so the distance from the Ottawa VIA-Rail Station to Hurdman Station is not that far. Unlike all the other OC Transpo routes, there is no printed or online map or schedule for the 104 Hurdman Shuttle, nor any mention of the shuttle on the OC Transpo website. All the other OC Transpo routes have at least a printed OR online map OR schedule. The only mention of the Hurdman Shuttle is at the bus stop outside the front door of the Ottawa VIA-Rail Station, and on Google Maps/the OC Transpo Travel Planner (where it is simply referred to as route "Hurd"). For pre-rail: the routes listed are the routes that I have taken the complete routing of (as well as all variants/branches/extensions of), from beginning to end. As OC Transpo re-did almost all the route numbers and much of the routings throughout 2017 to 2019 (for light rail), there is duplication from the list above (although some changes were done as early as December 2016). This list shows the routes I have taken anytime from September 4, 2011 (major service change) to January 1, 2019 by pre-rail route number only (for example: route 66 is listed, even though the new/current post-rail route number is the 256 (effective December 2016)). Pre-Rail (anytime from September 4, 2011 to Jan 1, 2019): 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 20A, 20B, 21, 22, 27, 30, 31, 35, 37, 38, 40, 41, 43, 60, 61, 62, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 76, 77, 85, 86, 86B, 86C, 87, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 96A, 96C, 96D, 97, 98, 99, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107 (Trillium Line Replacement Shuttle), 111, 112, 114, 116, 118, 120, 121, 122, 134, 135, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 159, 168, 170, 171, 172, 173, 176, 182, 185 (Summer Route Only), 261, 262, 661 (School), 665 (School), 669 (School), 681 (School) I have also taken the complete routings of the following special runs/shuttles anytime before October 2019: Sno-Bus (Winterlude Shuttle), Canada Day Shuttle, Tulip Festival Shuttle, Dragon Boat Festival Shuttle, Navan Fair Shuttle.
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