Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission Pinecrest Garage
Pinecrest Garage was built in 1976 and has a 193 bus capacity. It only operates Monday - Friday and mainly operates rush hour trippers and west end locals.
Pinecrest is the only OC Transpo garage that is not equipped to store or service articulated buses.
Originally the location of this garage under the Ottawa Transportation Commission (OTC) was supposed to be located at the current location of Elmhurst Woods Park (900 Tavistock Rd.). However when the need came for a garage in the west end of Ottawa, the area surrounding the park was already well developed and it became obvious that the bus garage was quite unwanted in that neighbourhood. This park was later sold by OC Transpo to the City of Ottawa as a nature conservation area. OC Transpo inherited the property from OTC when the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton (RMOC) took over transit operations from the City of Ottawa.
The garage was moved to a more discrete location on Queensview Drive with the same lot size, as now all the buses exit the garage using Queensview to enter service, which is mainly an Industrial/Commercial street. This also caused a creation of an agreement between the community and OC Transpo as to when buses are allowed to operate from the garage, and to install noise buffing features such as hills around the site of the garage.
In recent history, the city has called Pinecrest as being an "inefficient garage" and has been looking to close it. However there was a tender put out recently (August 2012) for renovations to Pinecrest Garage, so this may be a sign that the city is no longer looking to close down the garage, even though the West Transitway is proposed to go through that location.
- A Brief History of Britannia Heights/Queensway Terrace North - Queensway Terrace North Community Association - Retrieved October 5, 2012
- New Articulated Bus Garage - Efficiency modifications and cost-saving opportunities - Retrieved October 5, 2012
- Pinecrest Garage Renovations - 2550 Queensview Drive - Retrieved October 5, 2012