Ottawa Transportation Commission

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The Ottawa Transportation Commission was formed when the City of Ottawa took over the privately operated transit operations in Ottawa from the Ottawa Electric Railway (OER) on August 13, 1948. OER was bought out for the price of $6.3 million[1].

The Ottawa Transportation Commission later became a regional service under the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton on August 1, 1972 and its name was changed to Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission (OC Transpo). The new Transit Commission consists of 5 members, Regional Chair Denis Coolican and the mayors of Ottawa, Gloucester, Nepean and Vanier. A total deficit of $1,121,167, plus a consultant's study of extended service which cost $237,500, is inherited by the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton (R.M.O.C.). Provincial subsidies and National Capital Commission (N.C.C.) contributions cut the figure to $771,076. The City of Ottawa took 86% of the former OTC deficit ($665,570). The rest, $105,506, was divided between the Township of Nepean ($57,006), City of Vanier ($25,300), Township of Gloucester ($17,500), and the Village of Rockcliffe Park ($5,700)[2]. All municipalities which OC Transpo will serve.

History

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

Fares

See Ottawa Transportation Commission Fare History

Routes

Bus

Pre-numbering

Regular

  • 1 - Bank-Heron Rd. to St. Patrick
  • 1A - Bank-Seneca (University) to St. Patrick
  • 2 - Somerset-Byron to Rideau (Rockcliffe Airport) or NRC (Montreal Rd.).
  • 2A - Somerset-Clearview to Laurier
  • 3 - Preston to Sussex-Eastview
  • 4 - Bronson to Mann-Chapel
  • 5 - Hull to Riverdale
  • 6 - Rideau-Sussex to Holland
  • 21 - Lyon-Wellington to Tremblay Rd. (Ottawa Station)
  • 23 - Eastview to Walkley
  • 31 - Albert-Kent to Manor Park (St. Laurent Bvld.)
  • 51 - Brittania to Overbrook
  • 52 - Carlingwood to Cyrville
  • 53 - Heron Rd.
  • 61 - Carling (Bayshore), Carling-Pinecrest to Alta Vista, Elmvale Acres
  • 71 - Holland-Wellington to Parkwood Hills
  • 81 - Billings Bridge to Pleasant Park
  • 82 - Billings Bridge to Metcalfe Rd.
  • 83 - Billings Bridge to Uplands
  • 84 - Carleton University
  • 85 - Bank & Grove to Pleasant Park
  • 91 - Woodroffe to Parkdale
  • 92 - Woodroffe to Carleton Heights
  • 95 - Parkdale to Crerar

Peak/Rush Hour

  • 11 - Lyon-Sparks to MacDonald
  • 22 - Lyon-Wellington to Blake Bvld.
  • 41 - Rideau-Mosgrove to Crerar
  • 42 - Rideau-Mosgrove to Carleton Heights
  • 49 - Slater & Elgin to Carleton Heights
  • 67 - Slater & Elgin to Queensway, Carling
  • 68 - Slater & Elgin to Queensway-Iris
  • 69 - Slater & Elgin to Baseline-Iris
  • 93 - Bayswater

Streetcar

  • A - Britannia
  • B - Bank/Rideau
  • E - Bronson
  • H - Hull/St. Patrick
  • R - Preston/Rockcliffe
  • S - Somerset/Laurier

Facilities

Car Barns/Garages

Head Office

  • Address: 56 Sparks St.
  • Years of operation: ?-1960

Albert Street Garage

  • Address: 341 Albert St.
  • Years of operation: 1891-1960
  • Barn 2 opened in 1892
  • Barn 3 opened in 1896
  • Barn 1 converted to automobile storage in 1925 after Champagne opened
  • Tracks removed in 1945, converted to bus storage

Champagne Barn

  • Address: 225 Champagne Ave. N.
  • Years of operation: 1925-1979

Cobourg Barn

  • Address: 110 Cobourg St.
  • Years of operation: 1908-1960
  • Expanded in 1913
  • Was temporarily converted to bus storage from May 1959 to September 1960
  • Torn down shortly after closure and replaced with modern apartment building

Eastview Garage

Middle Street Garage

  • Address: 198 Middle St.
  • Years of operation: 1941-1960

Rockcliffe Barn

  • Address: ?
  • Years of operation: 1900-1941
  • Expanded in 1907
  • Suffered extensive fire damage in 1927, 1932 and 1937
  • Used mainly to park retired cars after Champagne Barn opened in 1925
  • Partly demolished in 1937, remaining section used for non-rail storage
  • Totally demolished in 1941
  • Sold to Federal District Commission (now NCC) for parkland in 1946

St. Laurent Garage

  • Address: 1500 St. Laurent Blvd.
  • Years of operation: September 1960-present
  • Replaced all the garages except Champagne Garage

Bus Roster

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
16 8/1950 Fitzjohn Cityliner 310
50-51 1946 Reo 96HT ? ? Ex Eastview Bus Service 50 & 52. Acquired 1950.
52-54 1947 Reo 96HT ? ? Ex Eastview Bus Service 54, 56 & 58. Acquired 1950.
55-58 1942 Reo 56TD ? ? Ex Eastview Bus Service 50, 60, 64 & 68. Acquired 1950.
59-60 1942 Reo 56TD ? ? Ex Uplands Bus Line 22 & 24. Acquired 1951.
61-62 1946 Reo 96HT ? ? Ex Uplands Bus Line 26 & 30. Acquired 1951.
63-64 1947 Reo 96HT ? ? Ex Uplands Bus Line 32 & ?. Acquired 1951.
80-83 1948 White 798 ? ? Ex Nepean Bus Lines 80-83. Acquired 1949.
121-126 Ottawa Electric Railway 121-a.jpg 1939 Mack CW ? ? Ex Ottawa Electric Railway same #'s.
128 1940 Mack CW ? ? Ex Ottawa Electric Railway same #'s.
130-136, 138-140 1941 Mack LD ? ? Ex Ottawa Electric Railway same #'s.
151-156, 158-161 1940 Ford 09B ? ? Ex Ottawa Electric Railway same #'s.
162-163 1947 Ford ? ? ? Ex Cyrville Bus 10 & 12. Acquired 1950.
164, 166-170 1943 Ford ? ? ? Ex Eastview Bus Service ?, 166-167, ?, ?, ? & ?. Acquired 1950.
165 1944 Ford ? ? ? Ex Eastview Bus Service ?. Acquired 1950.
171-172 1941 Ford ? ? ? Ex Eastview Bus Service ?. Acquired 1950.
195-200 1945 CC&F C-36 ? ? Ex London Transportation Commission 204-209. Bought 1960.
201-206, 208-216,
218-222
1946 CC&F C-36 ? ? Ex Ottawa Electric Railway same #'s.
223-226, 228-232 1948 CC&F C-36 ? ? Ex Ottawa Electric Railway same #'s.
227 1950 CC&F C-36A ? ? Ex Brantford Transit 501. Bought 1953.
233-41 1949 CC&F C-36 ? ?
242-47 1950 CC&F C-36 ? ?
248-67 1952 CC&F CD-44A ? ?
268-71 1953 CC&F CD-44A ? ?
272-85 1954 CC&F CD-44A ? ?
300 Ottawa Electric Railway 300-a.jpg 1946 CC&F IC-41 ? ? Ex Ottawa Electric Railway same #. Used for sightseeing.
310-19 1949 Twin 44-S ? ?
320-321 1950 Twin 41-S ? ? Ordered by Uplands Bus Line but delivered to OTC.
322-26 1950 Twin 45-S ? ?
327 1948 Twin 38-S ? ? Ex Eastview Bus Service 92. Acquired 1950.
328 1948 Twin 41-S ? ? Ex Eastview Bus Service 90. Acquired 1950.
329 1949 Twin 38-S ? ? Ex Eastview Bus Service 94. Acquired 1950.
400-20 Ottawa Transportation Commission 417-a.jpg 1955 GMC TDH-4512 Detroit Diesel 6-71 ? To Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 400-420.
671-79 1967 GMDD TDH-5303 ? ? To Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 671-679.
701-703 1970 Western Flyer D700A ? ?
5101-10 1959 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
5701-15 1957 CC&F CD-52 ? ?
5901-97 Ottawa Transportation Commission 5931-a.jpg 1958-59 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
6101-12 Ottawa Transportation Commission 6101-a.jpg 1961 GMDD TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH
6221-30 1962 GMDD TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH
6331-40 1963 GMDD TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH To Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 6331-6340.
6441-52 1964 GMDD TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH To Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 6441-6452.
6561-73 1965 GMDD TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH To Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 6561-6573.
6674-97 1966 GMDD TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH To Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 6674-6697.
6710-26 1967 GMDD TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH To Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 6710-6726.
6831-50 1968 GMDD T6H-5305 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH To Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 6831-6850.
6961-90 1969 GMDD T6H-5305 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH To Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 6961-6990.
7001-20 1970 GMDD T6H-5305 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH To Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 7001-7020.
7121-40 1971 GMDD T6H-5305 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH To Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 7121-7140.
7241-7290 1972 GMDD T6H-5305 Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH Order placed by OTC, received by OC Transpo in Dec 1972

Electric Trolley Bus Roster

Trolley Bus operation began December 24, 1951 and ran until June 27, 1959. The former Bronson streetcar line was converted to trolley bus operation as a trial.

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Motors Notes
2001-2010 Ottawa Transportation Commission 2001-a.jpg 1951 CC&F T-48A ?

Streetcar Roster

Streetcar operation continued on from the Ottawa Electric Railway and ran until 3:30 am on May 1st, 1959. A last-run parade was held on May 4, 1959.

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Length Year Manufacturer Model Trucks Notes
650 49'6" 1911 Ottawa Car Company 500 Series Brill 27-FE-1
651-656, 658-666, 668-669, 680-682 49'6" 1913 Ottawa Car Company 600 Series Brill 27-FE-1
683-686, 688-690, 693-695 49'6" 1915 Ottawa Car Company 600 Series Brill 27-FE-1
691-692, 696 49'6" 1917 Ottawa Car Company 600 Series Brill 27-FE-1
  • DTSE 1 or 2-man steel cars acquired from the Ottawa Electric Railway.
  • Retired 1954-58.
  • 696 preserved by OC Transpo, being restored.
800-821 45'3" 1924-25 Ottawa Car Company 800 Series CC&F F-790 (Brill 77-E)
822-843 45'3" 1926 Ottawa Car Company 800 Series CC&F F-790 (Brill 77-E)
850-869, 880-881 Ottawa Transportation Commission 856-a.jpg 45'3" 1927 Ottawa Car Company 800 Series CC&F F-790 (Brill 77-E)
  • DTSE 1 or 2-man steel cars acquired from the Ottawa Electric Railway.
  • Retired 1959.
  • 854 preserved by Canada Science & Tech Museum
  • 859 was the last streetcar to run in service and is preserved by Canadian Railway Museum.
901-906,908-910 45'3" 1933 Ottawa Car Company 900 Series Brill 77-E
  • DTSE 1-man steel cars acquired from the Ottawa Electric Railway.
  • Retired 1959.
  • 905 preserved by OC Transpo and to be restored.
911-916,918-923 45'3" 1934 Ottawa Car Company 900 Series Brill 77-E
  • DTSE 1-man steel cars acquired from the Ottawa Electric Railway.
  • Retired 1959.
  • 921 is reported to be at Lac Huot, QC
1000-1003 45'6" 1947 Ottawa Car Company 1000 Series Brill 77-E

Demo Buses

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
61 1961 GMDD TDH-5301 ? ? Arrived 1961?
500 1960 CC&F TD-51 ? ? Arrived 1960?
5097 1965 Canadair-Flxible CL-218 ? ? Montreal Transportation Commission. Arrived ?.

References

  1. Ottawa Citizen - April 20, 1986, page A22
  2. Ottawa Citizen - August 1, 1972, page 2