OC Transpo will be offering unlimited no-charge service on all forms of transit (buses, O-Train and Para Transpo) to customers in December, in recognition of the considerable disruption faced by transit users following the suspension of O-Train Line 1 service.
From December 1 to 31, fare gates at all O-Train stations will be opened and fare boxes and smartcard readers on all OC Transpo buses will be covered. December transit passes are not being sold. January passes will be available for purchase in mid-December.
U-Pass customers or customers with a school board issued pass do not need to tap their card at O-Train stations or on OC Transpo buses. For the month of December, the City will not charge school boards for the Presto cards they provide to their students or the post-secondary institutions for the U-Passes they provide to their students who live in Ottawa.
For full service to meet the current number of riders during COVID, 11 trains are required. Rideau Transit Group has committed to increase the number of trains available for service with the end of November being the expected target date for the return to full service.
All Para Transpo trips during December will be at no charge. Customers do not need to take any action.