Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission express services

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OC Transpo's express services are one-of-a-kind in North America. No other transit system has such an extensive system of one-seat rides to downtown from suburban communities like Ottawa. This is mainly because Ottawa is the only city with a extensive Bus Rapid Transit network.

Lately the express routes have been seeing the main use of OC Transpo's new double decker buses as it was for these routes that OC Transpo purchased them for in the first place.

Introduction

Ottawa is like most major cities which consist of urban and suburban areas. What makes Ottawa unique is that unlike the typical urban-suburban areas, is that the Ottawa suburbs are separated from the urban area by the "greenbelt". It is true that Ottawa does have suburban communities inside the greenbelt. But as far as OC Transpo is concerned these days, these are no longer suburban communities. Today, express routes travel from the suburbs of Orléans (20-38), Kanata/Bells Corners (60-66, 68), Barrhaven (70-77) and Stittsville (261-263). These routes are vital to the current OC Transpo operation as they transport lots of workers into Downtown Ottawa via the Transitway from Monday-Friday because of their one-seat ride offer.

As far as comparing the express services to other cities, Ottawa is very unique in North America in operating this type of service as no other city has a system that can even come close to the extensive operation of the express services here in Ottawa.

History

Until 1999, OC Transpo did have express service serving communities inside the greenbelt, but these were discontinued and replaced with extensions of local routes that would travel downtown without a premium fare during peak hours.

Fares

Express routes in Ottawa have always required premium fares for the direct one-seat ride. Currently the cash fare for express routes are $4.35. You may also pay with 3 bus tickets.

Regular fare is charged during the AM peak if you board after Hurdman and Tunney's Pasture.

Route 27 which starts in Gatineau during the PM peak, charges regular fare if boarded in Gatineau.

Fares generally become regular fare at the point of exit from the Transitway during the PM peak, but this is not always the case. (E.g. Barrhaven routes become regular fare if boarded at Baseline instead of where it actually exits the Transitway)

Vehicles

OC Transpo's express services are generally operated by peak hour only trippers, and for that reason anything can show up on one of these routes. Lately the service has been the sole operator of the new Enviro500 (8001-8075) buses (with the exception of routes 40, 41, 67, 93 and first AM trip on the 231) as well as articulated buses.

Routes

Routes generally operate towards Downtown Ottawa in the AM peak and return to the suburban communities in the PM peak. All routes are on the system map with the colour green.

All routes serving Kanata/Bells Corners (60-66, 68), Barrhaven (70-77) and Stittsville (261-263) did start or end at Hurdman with some trips from these routes in the AM peak will extend to Blair. Routes serving Orléans did start or end at Lebreton with some trips extending to Lincoln Fields in the AM peak. But after they started closing sections of Transitway in 2015, now the west end routes finish at Mackenzie King, and start at Campus in the PM, and east end routes finish at Bay Street, and start at Lebreton in the PM.

These routes are not to be confused with the "rural express routes" (221, 231, 232, 283) which serve rural parts of Ottawa, despite sharing the same fare.

 Route #   AM Peak Destination
(PM Peak start) 
 PM Peak Destination
(AM Peak start) 
 Point of exit from Transitway
(PM peak) 
 Double Decker route   Route notes 
Orléans routes
Downtown
(Lebreton)
Orléans
(Portobello & Brian Coburn)
Place d'Orléans Yes Only serves Place d'Orléans in PM only
Downtown
(Lebreton)
Orléans
(Du Grand Bois & Innes)
Place d'Orléans Yes
Downtown
(Lebreton)
Millennium
(Millennium)
Trim No Only serves Place d'Orléans in PM only
Gatineau
(Terrasses de la Chaudière
(AM ONLY))
(Place du Portage
(PM ONLY))
Orléans
(Gardenway & Portobello)
Place d'Orléans Yes
  • Only express route to serve Gatineau
  • Regular fare is charged if boarding in Gatineau
Downtown
(Lebreton)
Jeanne d'Arc
(Millennium)
Jeanne d'Arc Yes
  • One of two main double decker routes to Orléans
  • One of the straightest express routes in Orléans
Downtown
(Lebreton)
Jeanne d'Arc
(Viseneau & Innes)
Jeanne d'Arc Yes
Downtown
(Lebreton)
Jeanne d'Arc
(Pagé & Innes)
Jeanne d'Arc Yes
Downtown
(Lebreton)
Orléans
(Harvest Valley & Tenth Line)
Place d'Orléans Yes
  • One of two main double decker routes to Orléans
Downtown
(Lebreton)
Jeanne d'Arc
(Champlain & Ottawa Road 174)
Jeanne d'Arc No Ends at what is essentially the Orléans Park & Ride in PM peak
Downtown
(Lebreton)
Jeanne d'Arc
(Trim & Ottawa Road 174)
Jeanne d'Arc Yes Ends short distance from Trim Park & Ride
Kanata routes
Downtown
(Hurdman)
Kanata
(Maxwell Bridge & March)
Teron Yes
  • Main double decker route to Kanata
Downtown
(Hurdman)
Kanata
(Pine Hill & Stonehaven)
Eagleson Yes Some trips bypass Bayshore & Pinecrest in AM peak
Downtown
(Hurdman)
Kanata
(Rothsay & Eagleson)
Eagleson Yes Some trips bypass Bayshore & Pinecrest in AM peak
Downtown
(Hurdman)
Kanata
(Teron)
Teron No
  • Only express route to operate in a loop around the suburban communities
Downtown
(Hurdman)
Kanata
(Cope & Eagleson)
Bayshore Yes
  • Serves Bells Corners on Moodie before entering Kanata
Downtown
(Hurdman)
Kanata
(Kanata & Terry Fox)
Teron Yes Some trips bypass Bayshore & Pinecrest in AM peak
Downtown
(Hurdman)
Bells Corners
(Westcliffe & Robertson)
Bayshore Yes
(PM only)
Does not serve Bayshore & Pinecrest in AM peak
Barrhaven routes
Downtown
(Hurdman)
Barrhaven
(Maravista & Cedarview)
Fallowfield Yes
Downtown
(Hurdman)
Barrhaven
(Stoneway & Woodroffe)
Longfields Yes
Downtown
(Hurdman)
Barrhaven
(Cobble Hill & Maravista)
Fallowfield Yes Formerly route 76
Downtown
(Hurdman)
Barrhaven
(Strandherd & Jockvale)
Longfields Yes
(PM only)
Downtown
(Hurdman)
Barrhaven
(Leikin & Bill Leathem)
Fallowfield Yes
  • Main double decker route to Barrhaven
  • Best double decker route to ride the entire length
Stittsville routes
Downtown
(Hurdman)
Stittsville
(Stittsville Main & Denali)
Scotiabank Place No Some trips bypass Bayshore & Pinecrest in AM peak
Downtown
(Hurdman)
Stittsville
(Fernbank & Liard)
Bayshore Yes
(PM only)
Some trips bypass Bayshore & Pinecrest in AM peak
Downtown
(Hurdman)
Stittsville
(Kimini & Fallowfield)
Scotiabank Place No Some trips bypass Bayshore & Pinecrest in AM peak
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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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Line 2 Bayview - Carling - Carleton - Mooney's Bay - Greenboro
Line 1 Tunney's Pasture - Bayview - Pimisi - Lyon - Parliament - Rideau - uOttawa - Lees - Hurdman - Tremblay - St. Laurent - Cyrville - Blair

Line 4 (Future) Uplands - Airport
Line 3 (Future) Moodie - Bayshore - Pinecrest - Queensview
Line 2 (Future) Corso Italia - Dow's Lake - Walkley - South Keys - Leitrim - Bowesville - Limebank
Line 1 (Future) Algonquin - Iris - Lincoln Fields - New Orchard - Sherbourne - Kichi Sibi - Westboro - Montreal - Jeanne d'Arc - Convent Glen - Place d'Orleans - Trim
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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 ROUTES/CLASSIFICATIONS
O-Train Line 1
O-Train Replacements R1 - S1 - 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 ROUTES/CLASSIFICATIONS
O-Train Line 2
O-Train Replacements R2 - 107 - 740 - 741
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 (Currently Out of Date)
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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)