OC Transpo To Re-Number Routes


This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Starting Sunday, April 23, OC Transpo will introduce new route numbers for many routes as part of getting ready for the opening of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018.

Other spring service changes include adjusted schedules and seasonal reductions to reflect the lower demand for service. The Rack & Roll program also returns with bike racks on more than 600 buses.

Customers should visit octranspo.com and use the travel planner to see if their regular trips are affected.

New route numbers, same route

Fourteen bus routes will be renumbered across the city as part of the transition to the 2018 transit network. These routes will have new numbers, but the routes will remain the same. OC Transpo is also introducing three new service types: Rapid, Frequent, and Local. Each service type has its own distinctive colour and symbol, which customers will see on new bus stop signs.

Route renumbering details:

  • Routes 92 and 96 will be renumbered as Rapid Routes 62 and 61 respectively
  • Routes 2, 118, and 176 will be renumbered as Frequent Routes 11, 88, and 80 respectively
  • Nine other Local routes will be renumbered

Spring Service Adjustments

  • Spring seasonal reductions will be made to reflect lower ridership levels on Routes 4, 85, 104, 111, and 129 that serve post-secondary schools. As in previous years, service levels on the O-Train Trillium Line will be reduced after 9 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays, to match reduced seasonal ridership.
  • Routes 63 and 64 schedules in Kanata North will be adjusted and capacity will be increased at certain times to respond to feedback from customers and to improve connections to Briarbrook and Morgan’s Grant.
  • Afternoon 86C trips on Route 86 will start and end at Mackenzie King instead of Hurdman Station for increased reliability.
  • Minor trip time adjustments will be made on Connexion Routes 256, 262, and 265 in response to customer requests.
  • Special school trips on regular routes and 600-series school routes will be adjusted based on ridership levels. Some trips will be added, while others will be adjusted or cancelled. For a complete list of routes and trips affected, visit octranspo.com.
  • Exterior bus announcements will be rolled-out starting on April 23 and continuing through May. These announcements will provide customers waiting at a bus stop or station platform with an audible, bilingual announcement of the route and destination.
  • Customers who pay with cash or tickets and receive a transfer will also notice the introduction of a barcode on transfers. This update is linked to the upcoming introduction of fare gates at O-Train Trillium and Confederation Line stations.


Summer U-Pass starts May 1 and Winter U-Pass expires

From 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 needs.


Paper passes will be discontinued in 2017

Adult, Community, and Senior paper passes will be phased out this summer. The last Adult paper pass available will be June while the last Senior and Community paper passes will be July.  The current ticket type will also be phased out in late fall and a comparable single ride option will replace it. Customers should make the switch to Presto soon or continue to pay cash. Visit octranspo.com for more information.


Real-time schedule information is available 24 hours a day by calling 613-560-1000 or texting 560560 plus the four?digit bus stop number. Register for alerts at octranspo.com to receive news or route-specific changes or detours by e-mail or text. Standard rates apply to SMS messages. New printed timetables are now available. For more details and travel planning assistance, customers should call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visit www.octranspo.com.


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7 thoughts on “OC Transpo To Re-Number Routes

  1. The mind boggles.

    Same routes but different numbers?

    That otta make a big difference in service.

    I’ve used a logistics guy to save money on transportation costs but I don’t ever remember him assigning new numbers to existing routes and calling that a job well done.

  2. If you are going to introduce new numbering and three types of service levels, why not change the numbering to reflect that. The 50 series for rapid, the 70 series for frequent and the 100 series for local so make the colour and numbering reflect the level and presumably the cost of the service.

    The new-and-improved system makes it more complicated and confusing for riders, but then who really cares about ridership at OC Transpo and the LRT?

    1. Bruce:

      You’re right.

      If you cared about ridership, you would do a ridership study.

      The city didn’t do a ridership study for LRT.

      Nuff said.



    2. Give them credit, they have segregated the route symbols and numbers in a logical fashion.
      Rapid routes are blue circles.
      Frequent routes are orange hexagons.
      Connexxion routes are purple ovals.
      Other local routes are black or grey rectangles.
      They have also split geographically based on numbers:
      Ending in the 30s for Orleans routes, 60s Kanata, 70s Barrhaven, and so forth.
      And to Voter, unfortunately a large portion of Ottawa transit users seem to be completely clueless when it comes to paying attention to changes.

      1. Ron,
        But my eyesight is a bit blurry, the edges aren’t too clear. A circle might look like a hexagon or is it an oval?
        And, I am colour blind.

        Do they still have those big signs on the front of the bus that name the route? I can read those.

        :) skoal,

      2. To: Ron234,
        You mention that ‘a large portion of Ottawa transit users seem to be completely clueless when it comes to paying attention to changes’.
        There are always users that require help, but would have considered the percentage small.
        Are there statistics which indicate a percentage?

  3. Noticed that the piece of metal at the bus stop, which indicates the route numbers, are all new. Did they all need replacing and at what cost?
    In addition, we will be getting a PR campaign, using the face of ‘guess who’, to train us on how to use the LRT. Believe the cost is $1M. Having been to cities in Europe, I somehow managed to find and use their Metro on my own. This PR campaign suggests little confidence in the abilities of Ottawa taxpayers.


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