Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission

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Headquarters 1500 St. Laurent Blvd.
Area served City of Ottawa, ON
Founded August 1, 1972
Fleet size (as of March 2019) 990 Buses
6 Diesel Multiple Units
34 Light Rail Vehicles
Annual ridership (2016) 96,500,000
Union Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 279

Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission, commonly known as OC Transpo is the urban transit service of the City of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Some routes provide service to the downtown core of the nearby city of Gatineau, Quebec, mostly during peak periods and one route provides service to the Township of Russell, Ontario to serve the Vars Park & Ride, only during peak periods.

History

For a complete and detailed history, including a timeline, click here

The Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton took over transit operations from the Ottawa Transportation Commission (OTC) on August 1, 1972 in order to expand services into neighbouring cities within the region. In 1973, OC Transpo introduced its distinctive red and white livery to its fleet of buses and dedicated 11km of bus-only lanes in Ottawa. In order to provide door-to-door transit services for persons with disabilities, a parallel transit system was launched in 1974, renamed Para Transpo in 1981. The exact fare policy was introduced in 1974 during evenings only, and was expanded to all service periods in 1976, along with the introduction of monthly passes the same year. Sunday service was introduced in 1978, first as orange limited service routes. In 1980, the "560" telephone automated scheduling system was introduced in the east end, and was expanded to cover all stops by 1981. The proof of payment (POP) concept was introduced with the delivery of 21 GM articulated buses in 1982, the same year Telidon screens were installed at the Voyageur Bus Terminal and St. Laurent, the first agency in Canada to provide transit information in such a manner. A new fare structure was introduced in 1987 to encourage off-peak use of the system, the same year OC Transpo was voted the best large transit system by the American Public Transit Association. In 1998, the new "KFC" livery was introduced on OC Transpo along with the introduction of new low floor buses with the purchase of the Nova LFS. Construction began on the O-Train in 2000, and the line opened in 2001, originally intended as a pilot project, but political deadlock has since kept the line running for nearly ten years. In 2009, 24-hour service was introduced on route 95, becoming the first rapid transit system in Canada to operate such a schedule.

The Transitway

The Transitway opened between Lees and Hurdman, and Lincoln Fields and Baseline in 1983, along with the Billings Bridge transit terminal, and downtown service was changed as the formerly bus-only "bus mall" on Rideau Street between Sussex and Waller was open to all traffic. Lebreton, Tunney's Pasture, and Westboro were inaugurated as stations in 1984 with the opening of the Transitway between Lebreton and the Ottawa River Parkway (present-day Dominion Station). 1987 brought the opening of the Transitway between Hurdman and St. Laurent Stations, including the tunnel below the St. Laurent Shopping Centre, and route 95's headway was increased to four minutes during peak hours and five minutes off-peak. The section between St. Laurent and Blair would be completed in 1989. The 31km Transitway approved in 1978 was finally completed in 1996 with the opening of the southeast Transitway between Hurdman and South Keys.

Municipal Amalgamation

In the City of Ottawa prior to 2001, there was an "upper-tier" regional municipal government, and 11 different "lower-tier" municipal governments. The 11 lower-tier municipal governments consisted of the City of Ottawa, City of Vanier, City of Nepean, City of Gloucester, City of Kanata, City of Cumberland, Osgoode Township, Rideau Township, Goulbourn Township, West Carleton Township, and the Village of Rockcliffe Park.

In 1969, Carleton County was made a Regional Municipality and as a result, took on additional responsibilities that were better served on a regional basis (drinking water & sanitation sewers, arterial roads). The Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton (R.M.O.C.) was formed. They intended on making transit "regional" from the creation of Ottawa-Carleton. This was achieved on August 1, 1972. The R.M.O.C. also had the eventual goal of creating a regional rapid transit network, starting with the first report on regional rapid transit in 1973. This came in the form of the Transitway in 1983 after 10 years of planning and debating.

On January 1, 2001, Municipal Amalgamation took place in Ottawa-Carleton. As a result, the R.M.O.C. and the 11 "lower-tier" municipal governments were amalgamated into one municipal government known as the "City of Ottawa". This did not affect OC Transpo as much as it did with other municipal services, since transit was already a regional service. It did however cause debate on renaming OC Transpo, since the original name no longer made sense. "Ottawa-Carleton" no longer existed, but it was decided to keep the name due to the cost of rebranding (new logos, new livery, etc). As a result, OC Transpo was the only municipal service that was not rebranded during amalgamation.

General Managers

  • 1958-1975: George Brady
  • 1976-1980: Hector Chaput
  • 1981-1991: John Bonsall
  • 1992-1998: Ian Stacey
  • 1999-late 2005: Gord Diamond
  • late 2005-March 2006: Helen Gault (Acting)
  • March 2006-late 2006: Alain Carle
  • late 2006-March 2007: Helen Gault (Acting)
  • March 2007-February 22, 2012: Alain Mercier
  • February 22, 2012-present: John Manconi

Statistics

OC's average weekday ridership is 346,800 and covers 413 sq. km of service area. In 2006 OC Transpo recorded 91.8 million riders, an increase of 2.6% from 2005. There are approximately 2,734 people employed by OC Transpo, and 6,360 bus stops located across the City of Ottawa.

Services

System map

A new system map is printed every September, in conjunction with major changes which occur during the month as well.

System maps may be viewed in PNG format here.

Route types

Colours The colour coded route system began in 1983 and was updated in 2017.

Local: These routes generally operate seven days a week from about 6:00am to midnight, and from about 7:00am to 11:00pm on Sundays & most holidays, with some exceptions. If a route, or a section of a route, doesn't operate during certain time periods, it will be displayed in light grey on the bus stop flag. Some routes provide early morning service as early as 4:00 am on weekdays and 5:00 a.m. on Saturdays.
Local Limited Service/Shopper: These routes generally operate five to six days a week, with limited service between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, with some operating with limited service until 6 PM such as Routes 64 and 91. There is usually no weekend service on these routes if they run during the week. A few only run on weekends and/or weekday evenings. Shoppers routes run one day a week only on their selected day of operation.
Frequent: Offers service every 15 minutes or less from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and operate 7 days a week along main roads with connections to the O-Train.
Rapid: These are routes 45, 61, 62, 63, 94, 95, 97, 98 and 99. Route 95 operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while route 97 operates 24 hours a day Mondays-Saturdays. Ottawa's main transitway routes (95 and 97) also provide early morning service on Sundays.
Connexion: These are routes in the 200s. Much like Local Limited Service routes, these routes generally operate Monday to Friday from 6:00am to 9:00am towards the downtown core, and from about 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm away from the downtown core. Most routes travel to suburban areas, however, some of them also travel to rural areas.


See routes in the navagation box at the bottom of the page for individual routes.

Connections to STO

Connections with STO buses can be made on Rideau and Wellington Streets. STO also provides service to Tunney's Pasture Station during peak periods. OC Transpo passes and transfers may be used anywhere on the STO system, provided they are valid. Expired transfers, tickets, and the OC Transpo cash fare are not accepted, and STO fares must be paid. The same policy applies for STO fare media used on OC Transpo.

Fares

Cash fares are $3.50 ($3.45 for PRESTO) or two tickets (at $1.70/each) for adults and students, senior regular cash fares are $2.65 ($2.60 for PRESTO) or two tickets. Children between six and 12 can ride for $1.75 ($1.70 for PRESTO) or one ticket, and those five or younger ride for free. All routes charge the same fare, expect for Shoppers routes where it's free for everyone. For ticket and pass prices and a detailed fare chart, click here.

Fleet

Active bus roster

 Fleet number(s)   Thumbnail   Year   Manufacturer   Model   Engine   Transmission   Destination Sign   A/C   Notes 
4201-4202 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 4201-a.jpg 2003 NFI D40i Cummins ISL Allison B400R5 Luminator Horizon Yes
  • Both pilot buses. 4201 sent to OC Transpo around the end of 2003.
  • Seating layout different from 4310-4526.
  • 4201 was retired after a fire in Feb. 2012.
4203-4273 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 4245-a.jpg 2004 NFI D40i Cummins ISL Allison B400R5 Luminator Horizon Yes
  • Seating layout is different from 4310-4526.
  • 4249 retired due to fire
  • 4213 retired due to structural integrity failure
4274-4309 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 4277-a.jpg 2005-06 NFI D40i Cummins ISL Allison B400R5 Luminator Horizon Yes
  • 4280 was retired due to fire
4310-4439 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 4382-a.jpg 2005-06 NFI D40i Cummins ISL Allison B400R5 Luminator Horizon Yes
  • 4315, 4378 & 4385 have been retired due to fire.
4440-4526 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 4449-a.jpg
Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 4510-a.jpg
2006-2007 NFI D40i Cummins ISL Allison B400R5 Luminator Horizon Yes 2006 models.
4601-4682 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 4604-a.jpg 2019 Nova Bus LFS Cummins L9 ZF 6AP1400B Luminator Titan Yes
5001-5002 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 5001-a.jpg 2008 OBI 07.501 NG Hybrid Cummins ISB BAE Systems HybriDrive
hybrid system
Luminator Titan (front)
Luminator Horizon (side and rear)
Yes
  • Sent as pilot buses.
  • Different bell chime from the rest of the hybrids.
5003-5097 OC Transpo 5038-a.jpg 2009 OBI 07.501 NG Hybrid Cummins ISB BAE Systems HybriDrive
hybrid system
Luminator Titan (front)
Luminator Horizon (side and rear)
Yes
5098-5177 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 5121-a.jpg 2010 OBI 07.501 NG Hybrid Cummins ISB BAE Systems HybriDrive
hybrid system
Luminator Titan (front)
Luminator Horizon (side and back)
Yes
  • 5123 is retired after a fire in November 2013.
  • 5129 is retired after a fatal car crash on December 16th, 2016
6351-6398 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 6364-a.jpg 2008 NFI D60LF Cummins ISL Allison B500R6 Luminator Horizon Yes
  • Originally came with Vapor touch bars for the rear doors
  • Originally had Balios Orange LED destination signs.
6399-6403 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 6401-a.jpg 2009 NFI D60LF Cummins ISL Allison B500R6 Luminator Horizon Yes
  • Originally had Balios Orange LED destination signs.
6404-6709 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 6692-a.jpg 2010-2011 NFI D60LFR Cummins ISL9 Allison B500R6 Luminator Horizon Yes
  • Began delivery August 2010
8001-8075 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 8013-a.jpg 2012 ADL Enviro500 Cummins ISL9 Allison B500R6 Luminator Titan Yes
  • Started arriving Aug 2012
  • 8010 was retired due to bus fire
  • 8017 was involved with a VIA train accident
8101-8143 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 8131-a.jpg 2015-2016 ADL Enviro500 Cummins ISL9 Allison B500R6 Luminator Titan Yes
  • New style "Go Anywhere" bus, began delivery October 2015.
8144-8160 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 8154-a.jpg 2017 ADL Enviro500 Cummins ISL9 Allison B500R6 Luminator Titan Yes
  • In service by December, 2017.

On order

 Fleet number(s)   Year   Manufacturer   Model   Engine   Transmission   Destination Sign   A/C   Notes 
4683-4775 2019-2020 Nova Bus LFS Cummins L9 ZF 6AP1400B Luminator Titan Yes

Retired bus roster

 Fleet number(s)   Thumbnail   Year   Manufacturer   Model   Engine   Transmission   Destination sign   A/C   Notes 
400-420 Ottawa Transportation Commission 417-a.jpg 1955 GMC TDH-4512 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Rollsign No Formerly Ottawa Transportation Commission 400-420.
671-679 Renumbered 6701-6709 in 1975.
701-703 Renumbered 8701-8703 in 1975.
1201-1203 OC Transpo 1202-a.JPG 2008 ADL Enviro500 Cummins ISM Allison B500R6 Luminator Titan Yes Three buses for a one year pilot project, sold to BC Transit.
1756-1758,
1760-1761,
1763-1768,
1770
OC Transpo 1767-a.jpg 1973 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N 255hp Allison VS2-8 Rollsign No
2601 OC Transpo 2601-a.jpg 2005 Ford E-450 Ford PowerStroke 7.3 Ford 4R100 LED Yes
4001-4140 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 4013-a.jpg 1999 BIA Orion 06.501 Detroit Diesel S50 Allison B400R5 Luminator MegaMax 3000 Yes
  • 4140 had a Luminator Horizon front sign, but was changed back to a MegaMax 3000.
  • All removed from service by April 1, 2013.
5101-5110 1959 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Rollsign No
5701-5769 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 5746-a.jpg 1975 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9 Rollsign No
5901-5997 Ottawa Transportation Commission 5931-b.jpg 1958-59 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Rollsign No
6001-6012 1959-60 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH Rollsign No Ex-TTC 29xx's; bought in 1979.
6001-6037 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 6025-a.jpg 2001 NFI D60LF Detroit Diesel S50EGR
320 hp
Allison B500R Balios Orange LED Yes 2000 models.
6038-6067 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 6066-a.jpg 2001 NFI D60LF Detroit Diesel S50EGR
320 hp
Allison B500R Balios Orange LED Yes
6068-6100, 6102-6126 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 6100-a.jpg 2001 NFI D60LF Detroit Diesel S50EGR
320 hp
Allison B500R Balios Orange LED Yes
  • 6101 skipped (historic bus 6101).
  • Tip-in windows introduced for this order and all subsequent D60LF orders.
6101-6112 Ottawa Transportation Commission 6101-a.jpg 1961 GMDD TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH Rollsign No
6127-6143 OC Transpo 6135-a.jpg 2002 NFI D60LF Detroit Diesel S50EGR
320 hp
Allison B500R Balios Orange LED Yes
6144-6178 OC Transpo 6163-a.jpg 2003 NFI D60LF Detroit Diesel S50EGR
320 hp
Allison B500R Balios Orange LED Yes
6221-6230 1962 GMDD TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH Rollsign No Formerly Ottawa Transportation Commission 6221-6230.
6301-6323 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 6321-a.jpg 2003 NFI D60LF Detroit Diesel S50EGR ULSD 320 hp Allison B500R Balios Orange LED Yes
6324-6350 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 6326-a.jpg 2004 NFI D60LF Detroit Diesel S50EGR ULSD 320 hp Allison B500R Balios Orange LED Yes
6331-6340 1963 GMDD TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH Rollsign No Formerly Ottawa Transportation Commission 6331-6340.
6441-6452 1964 GMDD TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH Rollsign No Formerly Ottawa Transportation Commission 6441-6452.
6561-6573 1965 GMDD TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH Rollsign No Formerly Ottawa Transportation Commission 6561-6573.
6674-6697 1966 GMDD TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH Rollsign No Formerly Ottawa Transportation Commission 6674-6697.
6701-6709 1967 GMDD TDH-5303 Rollsign No Formerly Ottawa Transportation Commission 671-679.
6710-6726 1967 GMDD TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH Rollsign No Formerly Ottawa Transportation Commission 6710-6726.
6831-6850 1968 GMDD T6H-5305 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH Rollsign No Formerly Ottawa Transportation Commission 6831-6850.
6961-6990 1969 GMDD T6H-5305 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH Rollsign No Formerly Ottawa Transportation Commission 6961-6990.
7001-7020 1970 GMDD T6H-5305 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH Rollsign No Formerly Ottawa Transportation Commission 7001-7020.
7121-7140 1971 GMDD T6H-5305 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH Rollsign No Formerly Ottawa Transportation Commission 7121-7140.
7241-7290 1972-73 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Rollsign No
7301-7320, 7331-7357 1973 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Rollsign No
7401-7460 1974 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N 181 hp Allison VH-9 2 spd Rollsign No
7501-7545, 7551-7570 1975 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH-9 Rollsign No
7601-7620 1976 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH-9 Rollsign No
7621-7653 OC Transpo 7629-a.jpg 1976 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 Rollsign No
7701-7721, 7731-7765 OC Transpo 7709-a.jpg 1977 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 Rollsign No
7801-7858 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 7823-a.jpg 1978 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 Rollsign No
7901-7930 OC Transpo 7926-a.jpg 1979 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 Rollsign No Last T6H-5307N order with a single rear exit door.
8001-8012 OC Transpo 8008-a.jpg 1980 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 Rollsign No All retired by Apr 2007.
8013-8020 1980 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 Rollsign No Ex-STO 8007-8014; bought Sept 1995.
8101-8122 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 8105-a.jpg 1981 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 Rollsign No All retired by Apr 2007.
8201-8221 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 8208-a.jpg 1982 GMDD TA60-102N Detroit Diesel 8V71N 255 hp Allison V735 3 speed Rollisgn No First articulated bus order.
8222 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 8222-a.jpg 1982 GMDD TA60-102N Detroit Diesel 8V71N 255 hp Allison V735 3 speed Rollsign No
  • Ex-HSR 8202.
  • Rebuilt and used occasionally in service around 1999-2000.
  • Kept for historical fleet and needs repairs.
8231-8240 OC Transpo 8234-a.jpg 1982 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 Rollsign No All retired by Apr 2007.
8241-8266 1982 OBI Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53 Allison MT-643 Rollsign No
8371-8392 1982-83 OBI Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53 Allison MT-643 Rollsign No
8401-8425 OC Transpo 8407-a.jpg 1984 GMDD TC40-102N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 Pylon Rollsign No All retired by 2005.
8501-8533 OC Transpo 8529-a.jpg 1985-86 OBI Orion III 03.501 Cummins NHHTC Allison HT-740 Pylon Rollsign No
8541-8555 OC Transpo 8553-a.jpg 1985 GMDD TC40-102N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V731 Pylon Rollsign No All retired by Apr 2007.
8591 1986 OBI Orion 02.501 Detroit Diesel 8.2L Allison AT-545 No Used on Communibus service.
8601-8655 OC Transpo 8623-a.jpg 1987 OBI Orion III 03.501 Cummins NNHTC Allison HT-740 Pylon Rollsign No
8701-8703 1970 Flyer D700A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Spicer 183 Rollsign No
8704-8708 1974 Flyer D800 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Spicer 183 Rollsign No
8709-8718 OC Transpo 8715-a.jpg 1978 Flyer D800B Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 Rollsign No
8719-8764 OC Transpo 8760-a.jpg 1987 OBI Orion III 03.501 Cummins NHHTC Allison HT-740 Pylon Rollsign No
8765-8799 OC Transpo 8769-b.jpg 1987 GMDD TC40-102N
Classic
Detroit Diesel 6V71N 181 hp Allison V731
3 speed
Pylon Rollsign No
8801-8806 1978 OBI Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53 Allison MT-643 Rollsign No
8807-8815 1979 OBI Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53 Allison MT-643 Rollsign No
8816 1979 OBI Orion 01.504 Detroit Diesel 6V53 Allison MT-643 Rollsign No Only 35ft Orion I bought.
8817-8824 1979 OBI Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53 Allison MT-643 Rollsign No
8825-8832 OC Transpo 8831-a.jpg 1980 OBI Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53 Allison MT-643 Rollsign No
8841-8870 OC Transpo 8866-a.jpg 1988 OBI Orion III 03.501 Detroit Diesel 6L71TA ZF 5HP590 Pylon Rollsign No
8875-8899 OC Transpo 8880-a.jpg 1987-89 OBI Orion III 03.501 Detroit Diesel 6L71TA ZF 5HP590 Pylon Rollsign No Ex-TTC; bought in 1997-98.
8901-8960 OC Transpo 8904-a.jpg 1988-89 MCI TC40-102N
Classic
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 253 hp Allison V731
3 speed
Pylon Rollsign No
9001-9055 OC Transpo 9031-a.jpg 1989 New Flyer D40 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 253 hp Allison V731
3 speed
Pylon Rollsign/Luminator MegaMax No Last day of service was March 31, 2010.
9101-9125 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 9121-a.jpg 1990-91 MCI TC40-102A
Classic
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 253 hp Allison VR731
3 speed
Pylon Rollsign No
  • First air conditioned buses in the fleet, but was disconnected in the mid 1990s.
  • 9110-9119 were former Grey Line sightseeing buses.
  • All retired by June 2010.
9126-9150 OC Transpo 9128-a.jpg 1991 OBI Orion 05.501 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 253 hp Allison HTB-748
4 speed
Luminator MegaMax 3000 No
  • A/C disconnected in the mid 1990s.
  • Had Pylon Rollsign originally.
9201-9227 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 9203-a.jpg 1992 New Flyer D40 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 253 hp Allison VR731
3 speed
Balios Orange LED No
  • A/C disconnected in the mid 1990s.
  • Had Pylon rollsign originally.
  • Last day of service was March 31, 2010.
9231-9258 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 9257-a.jpg 1992 OBI Orion 05.501 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 253 hp Allison HTB-748
4 speed
Luminator MegaMax 3000 No
  • A/C disconnected in the mid 1990s.
  • Had Pylon rollsign originally.
9261-9264 1992 OBI Orion 02.502 Navistar 7.3L Allison AT-545 No Used on Communibus service.
9301-9330 OC Transpo 9315-a.jpg 1993 Nova Bus TC40-102A
Classic
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 253 hp Allison VR731
3 speed
Balios Orange LED No
  • Air conditioning disconnected in the mid 1990s.
  • Had Pylon Rollsign originally.
  • All retired by June 2010.
9651-9652 1994 OBI Orion 02.502 No
  • Ex-Valley Metro rejected units; bought in 1996.
  • Used on Communibus service.
9701-9720 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 9719-a.jpg 1998 OBI Orion 05.501 Detroit Diesel S50 250 hp Allison B400R5
5 speed
Luminator MegaMax 2000 No
9721-9740 OC Transpo 9739-a.jpg 1997 Nova Bus LFS Cummins C8.3 250 hp ZF 5HP500
5 speed
Luminator MegaMax 2000 No First 40ft low-floor buses.
9750 1998? GMC/Blue Bird Cutaway No
9751 1996 ElDorado National E-Z Rider Cummins B5.9 Allison MT-643 No
9801-9885 OC Transpo 9812-a.jpg 1998 OBI Orion 05.501 Detroit Diesel S50 250 hp Allison B400R5
5 speed
Luminator MegaMax 2000 No
  • Last order of high-floor buses.
  • Last one retired July 12, 2011 which was unit 9871.
9899 1998 Ford E350 cutaway No

Leased bus roster

 Fleet number(s)   Thumbnail   Year   Manufacturer   Model   Engine   Transmission   Destination sign   A/C   Notes 
1803,
1846-1847,
1851-1852,
1854-1855,
1859-1861, 1863,
1888, 1892,
1898
1976 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 Rollsign No STCUM 18-xxx series leased in 1986 & returned in 1987.
1901, 1903,
1906, 1908,
1919, 1939,
1941-1944,
1946-1949,
1952-1960,
1962-1963,
1970,
1972-1975
1977 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 Rollsign No STCUM 19-xxx series leased in 1986 & returned in 1987.

Demo buses

ParaTranspo

Current

 Fleet
Number(s) 
 Thumbnail   Year   Manufacturer   Model   Engine   Transmission   Notes 
56xx Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 5631-a.jpg 2015-16 GMC

Glaval

G4500

Titan II LF

Retired

See Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission ParaTranspo for retired ParaTranspo buses.

Rail Vehicles

Confederation Line (Line 1)
Trillium Line (Line 2)

Rapid transit

OC Transpo has two rapid transit systems: the Transitway: a bus rapid transit network, and the O-Train: a diesel-powered light rail line and an electric light rail line.

O-Train (LRT)

Since 2001, Ottawa has operated a light rail transit system called the O-Train as a pilot for the full rollout of light rail transit technology. The pilot has been deemed a success, exceeding its ridership targets significantly; it carries 10,000 passengers per weekday. The pilot route utilizes former Canadian Pacific Railway track running south from the Ottawa River a distance of 8 km to the South Keys shopping plaza, slightly to the west of the downtown core. The system is used extensively by Carleton University students who have long complained about poor bus service relative to University of Ottawa students (who have two bus stations on the central transitway). A second rail line opened for service on September 14 2019 which is a grade-separated rapid Light Rail Transit (LRT) system between Tunney's Pasture and Blair Stations. The 12.5 kilometre line has thirteen stations with a 3.2 kilometre underground section with four stations serving downtown and the University of Ottawa Campus.

Transitway (BRT)

The Transitway is one of the most extensive and successful implementations of bus rapid transit; many of the Transitway roads are above or below the grade of normal streets in Ottawa, by the use of overpasses, bridges, and trench highways. Thus, they rarely intersect directly with the regular traffic, and make it possible for the buses (and emergency vehicles) to continue at full speed even during rush hour. Buses that travel on the Transitway can cross very long distances (especially outside the downtown area) without stopping for a single traffic light. Most sections of the Transitway have a speed limit of 70-90 km/h (45-55 mph) between stations, and 50 km/h (30 mph) in the station areas.

Inportant phone numbers/e-mail

  • Access OC Hotline (for accessible services on conventional transit): 613-842-3625
  • Admin: 613-842-3636 or 613-741-6440
  • Customer Service Centre: 613-842-3600 / ocserve@octranspo.com
  • Charters: 613-842-3626
  • Lost & Found: 613-563-4011
  • Para Transpo: 613-244-1289
  • Security and Emergency: 613-741-2478
  • Transit Information: 613-741-4390 / ocinfo@ottawa.ca

External links

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Southwest Barrhaven Centre - Marketplace - Strandherd - Longfields - Nepean Woods - Fallowfield - Baseline - Iris - Queensway
West Stittsville - Canadian Tire Centre - Terry Fox - Teron - Eagleson East - Eagleson West - Moodie - Bayshore - Pinecrest
Central/Downtown Lincoln Fields - Dominion - Westboro - Tunney's Pasture - Bayview - Lebreton - Bay - Kent - Bank - Metcalfe - Mackenzie King - Laurier - Campus - Lees - Hurdman
Southeast Lycée Claudel - Smyth - Riverside - Pleasant Park - Billings Bridge - Heron - Walkley - Greenboro - South Keys - Airport - Leitrim - Riverview
East Train - St. Laurent - Cyrville - Blair - Jeanne d'Arc - Place d'Orléans - Trim - Millennium
Planned/Cancelled Sherbourne - New Orchard (Ottawa River Parkway) - New Orchard (Byron) - Tallwood
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Rail Stations
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O-Train (Trillium Line) Bayview - Carling - Carleton - Mooney's Bay - Greenboro
Confederation Line (Future) Tunney's Pasture - Bayview - Pimisi - Lyon - Parliament - Rideau - uOttawa - Lees - Hurdman - Tremblay - St. Laurent - Cyrville - Blair
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Rural Park & Rides
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West Carp Rd(Stittsville) - Munster Hamlet - Richmond
South Manotick - Gloucester South - North Gower
East Carlsbad Springs - Vars - Bearbrook - Notre-Dame-des-Champs - Navan - Sarsfield - Cumberland Village
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Garages/Facilities
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Active Belfast Yard (2015-present) - Industrial Garage (September 2010-present) - Merivale Garage (1978-present) - Moodie Yard (2025) - Pinecrest Garage (1976-present) - St. Laurent Garage (September 1960-present) - St. Laurent North Garage (April 1987-present) - Walkley Yard (2001-present) - 875 Belfast - 899 Belfast
Inactive/Closed Champagne Garage (closed June 1979) - Leeds Garage (closed April 1987) - 805 Belfast (closed January 2013)
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Routes
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CURRENT ROUTE CLASSIFICATIONS
O-Train Line 1 - Line 2
Rapid 45 - 61-63 - 94-95, 97-99
Frequent & Local 5-19 - 20-29 - 30-39 - 40-49 - 50-59 - 64 & 66 - 80-89 - 91-93 & 96 - 100-109 - 110-119 - 120-129 - 130-139 - 150-159 - 160-169 - 170-179 - 180-189 - 190-199
Connexion 220-229 - 230-239 - 250-259 - 260-269 - 270-279 - 280-289 - 290-299
Shopper 301-305
Events (Canadian Tire Centre) 401-406
Events (TD Place/Landsdowne) 450-452 & 454-456
Rural partner 500-599
School 5-199 - 600-699
Employee shuttles 900-999


INACTIVE ROUTE CLASSIFICATIONS
Regular & Regular Limited Service 1-19 - 20-29 - 30-39 - 40-49 - 50-59 - 64 & 66 - 80-89 - 91-93 & 96 - 100-109 - 110-119 - 120-129 - 130-139 - 140-149 - 150-159 - 160-169 - 170-179 - 180-189 - 190-199
Peak Period 6 - 10 - 11 - 13 - 15 - 19 - 24 - 29 - 40-49 - 50-51 - 55-57 - 67 - 82 - 86 - 102-103 - 107-108 - 119 - 133 - 136 - 140 - 155 - 157-158 - 162-163 - 167 - 169 - 179 - 180-189 - 190-199
Express 20-29 - 30-39 - 45 - 59 - 60-66 - 68-69 - 70-78 - 90-91
Rural Express & Shopper 200-205 - 221-222 - 228 - 245 - 261-263 - 283 - 296
CommuniBus 306 - 316 - 356
O-Train & Peak Period Connector 700-799
Early morning 800-899
Shuttle Routes Amberwood, Manotick, Stittsville and West Ridge
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Bus stops
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By 560-1000 number 0000-0999 - 1000-1999 - 2000-2999 - 3000-3999 - 4000-4999 - 5000-5999 - 6000-6999 - 7000-7999 - 8000-8999 - 9000-9999
By Street A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - Y - Z
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Services in Gatineau
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Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO)