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1 minute ago, bsnider001 said:

If I'm not mistaken, they're for OC employees, as are the rest of the 800 series routes.

I remember the 800s being the old Early Bird routes. 

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Just now, 8792 said:

I remember the 800s being the old Early Bird routes. 

I remember those early morning routes, too. OC Transpo doesn't list any 800-series routes on their website, so I presume they're internal to OC. Perhaps I'm wrong, then.

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7 hours ago, 8792 said:

I remember the 800s being the old Early Bird routes. 

 

7 hours ago, bsnider001 said:

I remember those early morning routes, too. OC Transpo doesn't list any 800-series routes on their website, so I presume they're internal to OC. Perhaps I'm wrong, then.

800 series routes were originally early morning service routes created sometime in the 80's to better serve Ottawa in well, the early morning...

By 1992, almost all 800 series routes were cancelled and replaced by early morning service on regular routes except for Routes 817, 824, 825, 829, 835, 837, 844, 846, 873 and 891

817 and 844 were cancelled and the 846 was revised with the opening of the transitway. Route 846 was cancelled in 1999 and replaced by Route 146. Route 874 was added in 1996 to replace Route 174 in the early morning.

Routes 827, 835 were shortened and Routes 829, 874 and 891 were cancelled in 2004 due to budget cuts. Prior to cancellation, Route 891 was listed as an internal OC route even though it was a public route.

The remaining early morning services were finally killed off on September 5th, 2010 and replaced. Now just a side note, apparently according to a post from @Gregory *I believe*, he said that routes 829 and 891 were put back on the OC website back in June 2008 and did have service changes in September 2010 saying the 829 was cancelled and December 2010 saying the 891 was cancelled and replaced by the 116, but after 2004, they never showed up on the system map, implying that maybe the 829 and 891 were just internal routes that were cancelled that they announced publicly or it was just a major typo that OC had for over 2 years? We'll never know.

Routes 898 and 899 are the only shuttle routes on the luminator code though I've only seen the 899 signed up personally.

 

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5042 and 5096 were both spotted at Tunney's Pasture @ 8:03 AM and 5177 on the 417 @ St. Laurent (@8:30 AM) about to begin it's run on route 48 Canterbury

5126 → 26 Pineview (Blair @ 8:36 AM)

5042 is sporting a left side adwrap for the Ottawa Distress Centre

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5116 on Route 39 Trim via Taylor Creek, run 10-1, at Blair Station (Stop D) at 16:27. Relief Operator taking over the bus. 

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OC 5018 parked in front of my work. 2 mechanics we’re in it, 1 was driving. Seems they came from Pine or Merivale

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I noticed the hybrids are piling up at Pine garage. Are these already decommissioned units or are some of them recently decommissioned?

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5019 on Route 38 Blair, run 30-2, at Place d'Orleans Station at 12:19pm (Industrial Garage run)
5085 at Blair Station at 16:20
5099 seen deadheading westbound at Mack Bridge at 15:37
5103 at Place d'Orleans Station lay-up at 12:19pm

 

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The following hybrids spotted today in chronological order:

5133 laying up at Tunney's Pasture at 13:25
5109 laying up at Tunney's Pasture at 13:25
5114 starting a Route 83 Viewmount at 13:27 Tunney's Pasture
5096 completing a trip upon arriving Tunney's Pasture at 13:25, run 46-5 (I understand this is an Industrial Garage run)
5026 laying up at Bayshore Station at 15:13, signed as '85 Gatineau'
5034 laying up at Bayshore Station at 15:13, signed as '669 Bayshore'
5004 on Route 258 Grandview, at Lincoln Fields at 15:28
5052 on Route 87 Baseline, at Ottawa River Parkway/Woodroffe at 15:30
5018 laying up on the Transitway eastbound, just before Westboro Station at 15:32
5145 spotted twice: On Route 73 Tunney's Pasture at 15:28, and again on Route 263 Stanley Corner at 15:40 Tunney's Pasture
5094 on Route 264 Terry Fox, starting at 15:37 Tunney's Pasture 
5175 on Route 278 Riverside South, starting at 15:37 Tunney's Pasture
5001 on Route 51 Britannia, starting at 15:42 Tunney's Pasture
5103 laying up at Place d'Orleans at 16:41

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The following hybrids spotted today in chronological order:

  • 5154 on Route 284 Knoxdale, at Tunney's Pasture at 15:22
  • 5013 at Tunney's Pasture at 15:22
  • 5177 at Tunney's Pasture at 15:22, and later started a trip on Route 272 Cobble Hill at 15:49
  • 5114 on Route 257 Bridlewood, at Tunney's Pasture at 15:24
  • 5126 on Route 261 Stittsville Main, at Tunney's Pasture at 15:25
  • 5039 on Route 80 Barrhaven, run 901-603, at Tunney's Pasture at 15:28
  • 5052 on Route 267 Glen Cairn, at Tunney's Pasture at 15:28
  • 5141 on Route 87 Baseline, at Tunney's Pasture at 15:30
  • 5106 on Route 66 Gatineau, at Tunney's Pasture at 15:30
  • 5013 on Route 278 Riverside South, at Tunney's Pasture at 15:36
  • 5040 on Route 284 Knoxdale, run 53-12, at Tunney's Pasture at 15:37
  • 5027 on Route 51 Britannia, at Tunney's Pasture at 15:41
  • 5139 on Route 257 Bridlewood, at Tunney's Pasture at 15:45
  • 5095 at Tunney's Pasture at 15:46 (lots of snow on the roof and bumper)
  • 5094 at Tunney's Pasture at 15:48
  • 5073 at Tunney's Pasture at 15:50
  • 5170 on Route 48 Elmvale, at Hurdman Station at 16:09
  • 5099 at Hurdman Station at 16:10
  • 5014 on Route 45 Hospital, at Hurdman Station at 16:13
  • 5096 on Route 38 Bliar (completing its trip), at Blair Station at 16:40
  • 5138 on Route 34 Renaud, at Blair Station at 16:45
  • 5103 westbound on RR174 at Montreal Road at 16:51

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  • 5018 on Route 11 Parliament, at Bank/Albert at 15:49
  • 5077 deadheading on Albert/Bank at 16:00
  • 5154 on Route 11 Parliament, at Bank/Albert at 15:26
  • 5176 deadheading on Albert/Bank at 15:42

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I'm going to post three days worth of sightings.

Thursday, Jan 23:

  • 5074 at Blair Station at 7:50am, after completing a trip 
  • 5154 seen deadheading on MacKenzie King Bridge at 8:20am

Friday, Jan 24 (in chronological order):

  • 5176 at Hurdman Station lay-up at 8:06am
  • 5026 at Hurdman Station lay-up at 14:42 with its engines off and four-ways on
  • 5099 at Hurdman Station lay-up at 14:42 with its engines off
  • 5113 at Hurdman Station at 14:45
  • 5096 on Route 93 Leitrim, starting its trip at Hurdman Station at 15:01
  • 5003, 5010, 5097, 5109 at Tunney's Pasture at 15:37
  • 5009 on Route 284 Knoxdale, at Tunney's Pasture at 15:39
  • 5108 on Route 51 Britannia, at Tunney's Pasture at 15:40
  • 5163 on Route 16 Westboro, at Tunney's Pasture at 15:43
  • 5125 on Route 257 Bridlewood, at Tunney's Pasture at 15:44
  • 5004 on Route 50 Lincoln Fields, at Tunney's Pasture at 15:45
  • 5141 on Route 267 Glen Cairn, at Tunney's Pasture at 15:46

Yesterday, Jan 25:

  • 5141 on Route 11 Parliament, at Somerset/Arthur at 12:28pm

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All spotted Jan 23rd, 2020.

5097 > 252 Fernbank (Bayshore @ 3:45 PM)
5114 > 267 Glen Carin (Bayshore @ 3:45 PM)
5039 > 258 Grandview (Pinecrest Stn @ 3:58 PM) *Has a drivers side ad wrap for the detress centre
5125 > 257 Briddlewood (Pinecrest Stn @ 4:03 PM)

5040 > 82 Tunney's Pasture
5133 > 58 Tunney's Pasture
5134 > 57 Tunney's Pasture
5001 > out of service, heading east
5027 *I believe * > 88 Hurdman, heading to Baseline

All spotted at the same time @ 6:30 PM at Lincoln Fields Station.

5029 > 82 Bayshore (Lincoln Fields Stn @ 6:41 PM)

 

Buses I spotted on Jan 7th.

5016
5114
5001
5074
5014
5023
5143
5042
5012
5177

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