Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission Transitway (BRT)

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The Transitway


Cyrville Station
Opened 1983
Number of stations 41

The Transitway is Ottawa's implementation of bus rapid transit with many of the Transitway roads above or below the grade of normal streets in Ottawa, by the use of overpasses, bridges, and trench highways. Buses rarely have to intersect directly with the regular traffic thus making 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. In essence, the Transitway is basically like a expressway, but for buses only.


History

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. A two-lane 1.8 km stretch from Bayshore Station to Pinecrest Station was opened on September 6, 2009. The section between Barrhaven Centre and Fallowfield opened April 22, 2011.

On November 12, 2014, Ottawa opened the first section of a median busway along Chapman Mills Drive from Woodroffe Avenue to Beatrice Drive. It is being considered part of the Rapid Transit Network, and there are many more planned median busways in the works. The Chapman Mills Busway was originally supposed to be part of the 2006 LRT project that was cancelled by City Council.

In 2015, construction on the Confederation Line LRT project resulted in the closure of the Transitway from Blair to Hurdman Station on June 28. This was made possible by the addition of bus-only lanes on the 417 and 174 between Nicholas and Blair. This is the first section of Transitway to be closed for permanent conversion to LRT, which is going to be operating between Blair and Tunney's Pasture starting in 2018. Stage 2 will result in further expansions east towards Place d'Orleans, and west towards Baseline & Bayshore.

Dates of openings (list not complete)

 Date   Section   Length of section   Stations opened   Details 
???, 1983 Baseline - Ottawa River Parkway 3.3 km Baseline, Iris, Queensway, Lincoln Fields Originally this section was supposed to be the alignment of the "Western Parkway" which was going to form a ring road around Ottawa. This parkway would have been built by the National Capital Commission (NCC)
???, 1983 Lees - Hurdman 1.5 km Hurdman, Lees Originally the location of a major railway junction where multiple railways met to join up and head towards Downtown Ottawa. Hurdman was already a transit terminal prior to becoming a Transitway Station. A bridge was built along this section to cross the Rideau River
???, 1983 Albert & Empress - Booth 0.2 km Lebreton Very small section of Transitway
November 12?, 1984 Ottawa River Parkway - Booth 4.5 km Westboro, Tunney's Pasture Built along the former "CP Carleton Place Subdivision", which the last part of it was torn up in 1982
November 17, 1987 Hurdman - Michael Street 2.7 km Train, St. Laurent First section of Transitway to feature a tunnel
???, 1989 Michael Street - Blair 3.0 km Cyrville, Blair Nothing of very important significance to note along this section of Transitway
???, 1990? Lees - Laurier 1.1 km Campus, Laurier Unknown when it exactly opened, but it was definitely opened prior to 1991
???, 1991? Hurdman - Riverside Hospital 1.9 km Abbey, Smyth, Riverside Unknown when it exactly opened, but it was definitely opened prior to 1991. Abbey was renamed to Lycée Claudel in September 2002
September 2, 1995 Billings Bridge - Hunt Club 4.8 km Heron, Walkley, Greenboro Even though the section through South Keys Station opened up, the station it's self didn't open up until later.
November 20, 1995 Eagleson East Park & Ride N/A Eagleson East
June 23, 1996 South Keys Station N/A South Keys Now South Keys is open
November 2, 1996 Riverside Hospital - Billings Bridge 1.7 km Pleasant Park, Billings Bridge The CN Smith Falls Subdivision had to be realigned in order to build the Transitway, which was built where the former railway was located. At the same time, the CN Rail Bridge over Bank Street was quite old and required work, so CN took this as a chance to replace the bridge completely. Once again, the Transitway Bridge was located where the former CN Rail Bridge was over Bank Street. Interesting enough, this section remained in CN hands until 2010, despite CN not running a train over it for a while. The line is now owned by VIA Rail Canada. Billings Bridge was already a bus terminal prior to this section opening (lower level)
November 29, 1999 Dominion Station N/A Dominion Opened where the Transitway meets the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway
October 29, 2000 Fallowfield Station N/A Fallowfield Route 95 was extended to serve Fallowfield on December 30, 2000
December 14, 2000 Bayshore Station N/A Bayshore
October 15, 2001 Bayview Station N/A Bayview Bayview Station is opened between Tunney's Pasture and Lebreton as part of the new O-Train line
September 1, 2003 Telesat Park & Ride N/A
November 3, 2003 Eagleson West Park & Ride N/A Eagleson West
February 22, 2005 Terry Fox Station N/A Terry Fox Park & Ride opened September 5, 2004 with temporary stops set up inside the Park & Ride.
December 14, 2005 Nepean Sportsplex - Fallowfield 3.2 km Built with a project to expand Woodroffe Avenue from 2 to 4 lanes. First and (so far) only section of Transitway to feature a railway grade crossing
September 6, 2009 Pinecrest - Bayshore 1.8 km Pinecrest First true transitway section of the planned "Western Transitway"
April 22, 2011 Fallowfield - Barrhaven Centre 4.0 km Longfields, Marketplace, Barrhaven Centre With this extension to Barrhaven Centre, 24/7 route 95 service was extended to Barrhaven Centre
April 21, 2013 Nepean Woods N/A Nepean Woods Originally was supposed to be part of the 2006 LRT project
November 12, 2014 Beatrice - Nepean Woods 0.7 km Beatrice First section of median busways in Ottawa. Runs in the median of Chapman Mills Drive. Was originally supposed to be part of the 2006 LRT project
December 24, 2017 Moodie 2.0 km Moodie Will be replaced with LRT as part of Stage 2

Dates of closures for the Confederation Line construction

 Date   Section   Length of section   Stations affected   Details 
June 28, 2015 Hurdman - Blair 5.1 km Train, St. Laurent, Cyrville (Completely closed), Blair This is the first section of Transitway to be converted to rail for the Confederation Line. Transitway service was rerouted onto newly constructed bus-only lanes on the 417 and 174.
December 20, 2015 Lees - Hurdman 0.7 km Lees Transitway service was rerouted onto Highway 417 between Nicholas and Riverside.
April 24, 2016 Laurier - Lees 1.45 km Campus Transitway service was rerouted onto newly constructed bus-only lanes on Nicholas Avenue or on King Edward Avenue and Laurier Avenue (Routes 85, 95, 98).

Map

Map below is clickable

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Airport Station
Bank Station
Barrhaven Centre Station
Baseline Station
Bay Station
Bayshore Station
Bayview Station
Billings Bridge Station
Beatrice Station
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Blair Station
Campus Station
Canadian Tire Centre Station
Carleton Station
Carling Station
Confederation Station
Cyrville Station
Dominion Station
Eagleson Station
Fallowfield Station
Greenboro Station
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Heron Station
Hurdman Station
Iris Station
Jeanne d'Arc Station
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Kent Station
Laurier Station
Lebreton Station
Lees Station
Leitrim Station
Lincoln Fields Station
Longfields Station
Lycée Claudel Station
Mackenzie King Station
Marketplace Station
Metcalfe Station
Millennium Station
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Nepean Woods Station
Pinecrest Station
Place d'Orléans Station
Pleasant Park Station
Queensway Station
Riverside Station
Riverview Station
Smyth Station
South Keys Station
St. Laurent Station
Stittsville Station
Strandherd Station
Teron Station
Terry Fox Station
Train Station
Trim Station
Tunney's Pasture Station
Westboro Station
Walkley Station
Rapid Transit Network
(OC Transpo)

Routes

The following routes are high-frequency routes that travel along the Transitway:

The following routes are other major crosstown routes that use significant stretches of the Transitway:

Most peak-only and express routes also use the Transitway, mostly from downtown out towards the suburbs. Routes 20-39 go towards Orleans, 40-49 go towards South Keys, 60-69 go towards Kanata, and 70-79 go towards Barrhaven. Some Greyhound intercity buses use the Transitway from St-Laurent to Laurier either to/from the city's main bus terminal.

Central Transitway traffic issue

Albert Street facing west from Metcalfe Street

The downtown section of the Transitway, the Central Transitway, consists of a couplet of single bus-only lanes on Albert and Slater Streets (one-way public streets in opposite east and west directions). Traffic congestion here, where the buses mingle with private vehicles, sometimes causes service delays and is seen by some as the main weakness in the Transitway system. The Transit Committee had planned to reduce the number of buses travelling on Albert and Slater streets by 30% if the extension of the light-rail was implemented. Other measures may be implemented to avoid traffic problems despite the cancellation of the O-Train extension downtown.

Facts

As of December 31, 2009.[1]

  • Weekday passenger volume: 240,000
  • Peak hour one-way passenger volume: 10,500
  • Buses per peak hour, through central area: 180
  • Number of stations: 41
  • Bike & Ride locations: 32

Extension projects

The Transitway currently it only runs along the North edge of the city for most of the central area. Because of this the 94, 95, 96, 97 routes run with traffic later in the route.

Planned extenssions

  • Cumberland Transitway Extension (Trim Road to Frank Kenny Road)[2]
  • West Transitway Extension (Bayshore Station to Moodie Drive)[3]

Extensions in progress

  • Southwest Transitway Extension (Baseline Road to Norice Street)[4]
  • Southwest Transitway Extension – Fallowfield Road to Chapman Mills Drive[5]

References

  1. [1], www.octranspo.com, retrieved on 2010-07-26
  2. City of Ottawa - Cumberland Transitway Extension, ottawa.ca, retrieved on 2011-12-26
  3. City of Ottawa - West Transitway Extension, ottawa.ca, retrieved on 2011-12-26
  4. Southwest transitway Extenssion, ottawa.ca, retrieved on 2011-12-26
  5. Southwest transitway Extenssion, ottawa.ca, retrieved on 2011-12-26
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Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission (OC Transpo)
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OC Transpo's Fleet
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Buses Active Buses - Retired Buses - Historical/Preserved Buses - Demo Buses - ParaTranspo - TeleTranspo (Dial-a-Ride)
Rail O-Train - Historical/Preserved Rail
Other Service & Support Vehicles
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Transitway Stations
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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 39 - 45 - 57 - 61-63 - 74-75 - 97-99
Frequent & Local 1-19 - 20-29 - 30-39 - 40-49 - 50-59 - 60-69 - 70-79 - 80-89 - 90-99 - 110-119 - 130-139 - 140-149 - 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) 404-406
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
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)