No more express fares, and a transfer from bus to train at Tunney’s Pasture if you’re heading downtown. Those are two of the biggest changes in the next few years as OC Transpo’s light rail system leaves the station in 2018.
Here are some highlights from a presentation at City Hall today:
- No more direct bus to downtown. You’ll have to make at least one transfer from a bus to a train at Tunney’s Pasture if you’re heading downtown from Stittsville. (Once light rail is extended west, you’ll eventually switch from bus to train at Bayshore.)
- No more express fares. OC Transpo is moving to one rate for any bus or train trip. (There will still be separate Senior and Child fares)
- New route numbers. Each part of the city will have different range of numbers. Stittsville buses will be numbered 62 and 66 and are designated “rapid” routes connecting to LRT stations. They’ll follow routes similar to today’s 92 and 96.
- Express routes will become “connexion” routes, numbered in the 200 range, operating mostly during rush hour.
- OC Transpo promises travel times “similar or better” than today.
Meanwhile, Mayor Jim Watson and MP Karen McCrimmon are holding a press conference on Wednesday morning at 9:00am for “an important announcement regarding Ottawa’s future transit options”.
Earlier this month, we reported about a push to bring light rail transit to Kanata before 2031. Could tomorrow’s announcement be about federal funding to help move up that timeframe?
Press release via City of Ottawa:
OC Transpo today released three reports that include important information about changes to transit service that will be made when the O-Train Confederation Line opens in 2018. The reports are: Bus Service Identification, OC Transpo 2018 Route Network, and OC Transpo Fare System.
The transit service delivery model approved by Council in 2012 requires reorganization of the bus route network to coordinate service with the O-Train Confederation Line. The transition to the 2018 bus route network will affect the everyday trips of most transit customers as they may have to make a new connection between bus and train, or bus and bus, use fare gates, or use a bus route with a different route number. All O-Train stations on the Trillium and Confederation lines will have automated fare control, making it easy and efficient for customers to pay fares.
The 2018 service network will introduce three new service types: Rapid, Frequent and Connexion. Premium fares would be removed and the current Express service will be replaced by new Connexion routes, which will connect customers’ neighbourhoods to the Confederation Line.
A new system map for the 2018 service network will be available in 2017 and will feature new service colours and symbols and a simplified format. A new wayfinding system will form the basis for clear communication and understanding of the new network for transit customers in the lead up to the opening of the Confederation Line service. New route numbers and bus stop graphics will be introduced in stages, beginning in 2017.
All three reports will be presented to the Transit Commission on Wednesday, June 15, and the OC Transpo Fare System report will be presented to City Council on June 22.
Here’s more information from slide decks presented today: