OC Transpo has provided an overview of the Winter 2017-2018 transit service changes that will commence as of December 24th, 2017.
These changes are part of OC Transpo’s regular schedule adjustments, which take place four times a year – April, June, September and December.
The winter service changes include:
- Route renumbering and a station renaming as part of the transition to the 2018 network. Some routes will be renumbered to be consistent with the Bus Service Identification report received by Transit Commission in June 2016. The O-Train Trillium Line’s Confederation Station will be renamed this winter to Mooney’s Bay Station, to reduce potential for customer confusion when the O-Train Confederation Line opens in 2018.
- Expanded service to growing communities in Stittsville, Kanata, Ottawa West, Barrhaven, Riverside South, Ottawa South, Central Ottawa, Ottawa East and Orléans. The 17 new high-capacity double-decker buses entering our fleet will allow us to provide approximately 950,000 additional customer trips annually.
- Service adjustments taking advantage of new infrastructure, including the West Transitway Extension and Alta Vista Hospital Link.
I have outlined some of the changes affecting Stittsville residents below. For a full PDF overview of the changes, please visit: https://shadqadri.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/winter-2017-service-change-external-memo_final_en-002.pdf
The following table lists the route number changes that will be made this winter as part of the continuing roll-out of the new route numbering plan. As new route numbers are introduced, they will be categorized into the new service types, with each service type having its own distinctive colour and symbol that provides information on the service offered.
Service expanded to growing communities
Kanata, Stittsville, and Ottawa West:
- Routes 63 and 64 will be increased in frequency to every 12 minutes during the busiest hour of the morning and afternoon;
- Route 167 will be increased to provide new Monday-Friday midday and evening service, as well as northbound afternoon service;
- Route 252 will be extended to Kanata via Hope Side Road and Cope Drive and the frequency will be increased to every 15 minutes. As part of this extension, Route 252 will serve Seyton Drive and Westcliffe Road in Bells Corners in the reverse direction as compared to today, then will operate north on Moodie Drive to join the extended West Transitway at the new Moodie Station; and,
- Route 256 will be extended to serve Bridlewood Trails via Akerson Road to reduce walking distances and will be modified between Bells Corners and the Transitway to serve Old Richmond Road east of Moodie Drive and to serve Robertson Road.
Service Adjustments Taking Advantage of New Infrastructure
West Transitway Extension and Moodie Station
- The West Transitway extension, anticipated to be complete by the end of 2017, will improve the reliability of peak period commutes to and from downtown and to and from Carling Campus. The new Moodie Station, at Moodie and Corkstown, will provide improved connections and a shorter travel time to Carling Campus for customers from Kanata and Stittsville. When the extension and station opens, the following changes will be made:
- Routes that currently travel on Highway 417 east of Moodie Drive will be modified to use the Transitway between Moodie and Holly Acres Road and will serve Moodie 3 Station. This change affects routes 61, 62, 63, 64, 101, 103, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 267, 268, and 269; and,
- The opening of Moodie Station also allows the restructuring of Routes 66 and 152 to reduce travel times for customers travelling to the Carling Campus. Route 66 will operate along the West Transitway extension and will no longer operate along Corkstown Road and through the Abbott Point of Care campus. Instead, Route 152 will be extended to Moodie Station via Abbott Point of Care.
Other Service Adjustments
- In Stittsville, Route 167 will be modified to serve the Abbottsville Crossing and Blackstone communities via Westphalian Avenue, Rouncey Road, and Abbott Street, to reduce walking distances;
During the holidays, service will be provided as follows:
For more information, please visit octranspo.com