OC Transpo makes spring service adjustments


I would like to remind residents that OC Transpo’s spring service starts Sunday, April 22. These changes are part of OC Transpo’s regular schedule adjustments, which take place four times a year – April, June, September, and December.


Seasonal Service Changes:


Rack and Roll Program – The Rack and Roll program of bicycle racks on buses will be re-instated this spring, running through to the fall. The Rack and Roll network consists of Routes 12, 61, 62, 85, 88, 91, 94, 95, 97, 98, 99, 101, and 106,  provide this service on major routes across the City. The majority of trips on these routes will operate with a bus equipped with a bike rack.


Summer U-Pass starts May 1 and Winter U-Pass expiresFrom May through August, eligible full-time students at Algonquin College, Carleton University, University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University benefit from the Summer U-Pass, which can be obtained or renewed on campus. Students who are not full-time during the summer are reminded that their U-Pass will expire on April 30 and to switch to Presto for their summer transit. Some students with lower incomes who are not receiving a U-Pass may be eligible for the EquiPass. EquiPass applications should be submitted early to allow for timely approval.


Reminder: Paper ticket use ends April 30:


This week, Mayor Jim Watson, Transit Commission Chair Stephen Blais, Garry Griffin, Shoppers Drug Mart District Manager, and Annalise Czerny, PRESTO’s Executive Vice-President, were at a announced that Presto card services will be rolling out to retailers across Ottawa.


Transit customers will be able to purchase monthly passes, load funds, check their balance, and set age-based discounts at 66 Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstore locations in Ottawa. The new retail locations are currently being rolled out in a phased approach, with all stores expected to have Presto services available by the end of May.


When customers put funds on their Presto card at one of the retailer locations, the balance will be available immediately.


Old tickets can be used on buses (except at Greenboro Station) until April 30, 2018. Customers can also exchange old tickets towards new fare products at OC Transpo Customer Service Centres until August 31, 2018.


Presto cards purchased at Shoppers, Loblaws and Superstore locations will have a new black design. However, whether cards are black or green, they will still function exactly the same way.


So far, two locations providing the service have been announced for Stittsville – the Shoppers Drug Marts at 1300 Stittsville Main Street and 5709 Hazeldean Road. For an up-to-date listing of all participating locations, visit octranspo.com or prestocard.ca.


For more information and to view the spring changes in their entirety, please visit www.octranspo.com.