26 June 2015

In this issue

OC Transpo service adjustments begin Sunday

This Sunday, June 28, new OC Transpo summer schedules begin, as do route improvements and adjustments to routes that travel along a section of the Transitway, which will close between Blair and Hurdman Stations for construction of the O-Train Confederation Line.

Summer service improvements

  • Frequency will be increased on Routes 1 and 7 on weekends to improve connections to the Glebe and Old Ottawa South, and on Route 177 serving Barrhaven South and the Minto Recreation Complex.
  • Two new routes – 162 and 165 – will provide local service in Stittsville and Kanata North respectively for improved connections. Kanata will also see increased frequency on Route 93 to Kanata North, improved hours on Route 161, and extensions to Routes 161 and 168. Route 164 will become a peak period route and Route 96A will be renumbered Route 92 and replace Route 164.
  • Routes 35, 120, 135 and 136 will be revised slightly in Orléans South.
  • Route 116 will be modified to have some trips serve the commercial district on Hunt Club Road.

Special summer weekend service

  • Service to local museums and beaches will operate on weekends and holidays until September 7.
  • Route 129 will serve the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and Route 185 will operate to the Agriculture Museum and Experimental Farm. Route 198, which started June 20, will serve Petrie Island.

Summer schedules

  • New schedules will reflect the lower demand for service during the summer vacation period.
  • School routes will be suspended until the fall, and there will be minor schedule reductions on mainline and peak period routes.
  • New schedules are available at OC Transpo Sales Centres, by calling 613-741-4390, and at octranspo.com.

The next service change will occur on September 6.

LRT construction

  • When the Transitway road section closes June 28, bus routes will be adjusted between Blair and Campus Stations. Cyrville Station will be closed, and some routes will no longer stop at Lees, Hurdman, Train or St‑Laurent Stations. These adjustments will evolve as more sections of the Transitway are closed over the next three years, until the O-Train Confederation Line opens in 2018.
  • Most bus routes that use this section of the Transitway will travel on Highway 417 and Road 174. Travel time will increase on certain trips, and some riders will need to make an additional transfer.
  • Routing adjustments will affect the following: peak period Routes 20-77 and 192-283, and Routes 6, 18, 94, 95, 96, 101, 114, 124, 126, 127, 128, 129, 176, 202, 401 and 451. Customers should use the Travel Planner at octranspo.com to find their best travel option.
  • Construction of new light-rail stations at Blair, Cyrville, St-Laurent and Train will also affect customers.
  • Details, schedules and maps are available at ontrack2018.ca.

For automated bus arrival information, customers can call 613-560-1000, or text 560560, plus their four-digit bus stop number. For more information and travel planning, visit octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390.


Canada Day schedule changes

The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1.

Transit service:

  • OC Transpo is offering free service on Canada Day and operating a special holiday schedule with extra service during the day and after the fireworks.
  • The O-Train Trillium Line runs throughout the day and all evening until midnight.
  • Routes 101, 120, 123, 137, 150, 151, 161, 162, 165, 173, 174, 178, 196, 203 and all peak period routes will not operate on July 1.
  • OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres are closed, with the exception of the Rideau Centre office, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The OC Transpo Information Centre (613-741-4390) open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • OC Transpo Customer Relations Office (613-842-3600) is closed.

Para Transpo:

  • Para Transpo is offering free service on Canada Day. A holiday service will operate on July 1, and regular scheduled trips are automatically cancelled. Customers may book trips for Canada Day by calling 613-244-7272.
  • Customer service (613-842-3681), Administration (613-244-1289), Taxi coupons (613-842-3670) are closed.
  • Reservations line (613-244-7272) open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Trip cancellation and general inquiries (613-244-4636) open from 6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Recreation services:

  • Some outdoor pools, indoor pools and fitness centres are open for public swimming, and fitness classes, with modified schedules. Please check ottawa.ca or the facility for details.
  • All beaches, splash pads and some wading pools, are open, weather permitting.
  • Most registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled; however, clients should check with their facility to confirm, as some exceptions apply.

Cultural Services:

Ottawa Public Library: All branches and services are closed.

Green bin, recycling and garbage collection:

  • There is no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Canada Day. Canada Day’s pick-up takes place on Thursday, July 2, and collection is delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For curbside collection inquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
  • Multi-residential garbage container collection is not delayed, but multi-residential collection of bulky items, green bin and recycling container collection are delayed by one day on Canada Day and for the remainder of the week.
  • The Trail Waste Facility is closed.

Parking: All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions apply during this time.

Client services:

  • Ottawa City Hall and all seven Client Service Centres are closed.
  • The City’s Provincial Offences Court at 100 Constellation Cres. is closed.
  • The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention. Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons living with a hearing-related disability, call (TTY: 613-580-2401).

Municipal Child Care Centres: Closed.

Ottawa Public Health:

  • The Ottawa Public Health Information Line is closed, but you can leave a message; inquiries will be responded to within one business day.
  • The Sexual Health Centre and Satellite Clinics, Dental Clinics and Well Baby Drop-in is closed.
  • Site Needle & Syringe Program office at 179 Clarence St. is closed, but the mobile van will operate on a regular schedule from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Household Hazardous Waste Depot on Sunday

Sunday, June 28,  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OC Transpo Park & Ride at Fallowfield Station
3355 Fallowfield Road

Residents can drop off a maximum of 100 litres of household hazardous waste at no charge. Residential electronic waste is also accepted at this site. No commercial waste will be accepted.

Household hazardous waste includes items such as:

  • Aerosol containers
  • Batteries (automotive/household)
  • Propane cylinders
  • Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Needles and syringes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Paints and coatings
  • Pool chemicals

The City of Ottawa is committed to helping residents dispose of their waste in the safest and most environmentally friendly way and reminds residents that some of the waste in garages, basements and sheds is hazardous and cannot be safely left at the curb for pickup or poured down the drain.

In addition to scheduled household hazardous waste depots, residents can safely dispose of many kinds of household hazardous waste by returning them to participating local retailers during regular business hours. For a list of retailers who accept returns of household hazardous waste, please visit ottawa.ca.

For more information on waste management and recycling, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).