The City of Ottawa would like to recognize the contributions of its veterans by offering them special transit services during National Veterans’ Week (Saturday, November 5 to Friday, November 11).
Veterans who wear their medals and/or uniforms as well as their companions accompanying them will ride free of charge on OC Transpo, Para Transpo and STO (Société de transport de l’Outaouais) services from November 5 to 11.
OC Transpo and STO also have special adjustments and activities planned to commemorate Remembrance Day:
- OC Transpo and Para Transpo buses will pull over to the side of the road (where it is safe to do so) to observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. The Last Post will be played over the bus radios. Bus operators may also wear red on November 11 in support of Canadian Forces troops.
- OC Transpo will operate a regular schedule on Friday, November 11. Minor detours or delays may occur due to Remembrance Day parades and ceremonies downtown and in communities across the city.
- OC Transpo Customer Service Centres will be closed November 11, with the exception of the Rideau Centre, which will be open from 12:30 to 9 p.m. The Transit Information Centre (613-741-4390) will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on November 11, but the Customer Relations Office (613-842-3600) will be closed.
- Para Transpo will begin booking for Remembrance Day on November 4. Regular bookings will not be cancelled automatically, so please call 613-244-4636 to suspend a regular booking for November 11.
Also on November 11, vehicles with a veteran’s license plate and any person wearing a Canadian Armed Forces uniform and/or displaying service medals will be allowed to park for free in the parking garage at City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. Free parking will also be available for vehicles displaying veteran’s plates in the on-street paid areas around the National War Memorial, specifically on downtown streets bordered by and including Somerset Street to the south, Bank Street to the west, the Ottawa River to the north and the Rideau Canal to the east. All other on-street parking regulations continue to apply.
The Poppy Flag will be flown at City Hall and all Client Service Centres. In addition, the flags at all City of Ottawa sites will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset on November 11 to commemorate Remembrance Day, in honour of all Canadians who have served their country in time of war.
As Remembrance Day is quickly approaching, I would like to encourage residents to wear their own poppies with pride this week. Honour our veterans and remember the sacrifices which they have made for us. Lest we forget.