The OC Transpo wrecking yard.
Photo by Andrew
Ottawa OC Transpo Guide
Compared to most cities our size, we have a pretty good public transit system, and a vast network of bike paths, so leaving the car at home is an option. Here are some links to schedules and resources to help you plan an efficient bus trip.
A Twitter feed featuring articles, tweets & blogs that document screw-ups, bad behaviour, disasters, and sometimes, love.
Sample tweet: "OC Hungry RT @JLewis042: Omgz. Stuck on bus bumper-to-bumper on transitway. May soon resort to cannibalism."
- I (Heart) OC Transpo
A blog with photos and posts that show the human side of OC Transpo. "You hear so much negativity about using OC Transpo, when the experience, 98% of the time, is actually pretty decent."
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Official bus maps & schedules
Unofficial maps and schedules (aka user-generated maps)
These sites have all been created by local citizens, and in many cases provided much more usueful schedule and route information than what you can find on the official sites.
- OC Transpo Alerts (via Twitter)
An automated Twitter feed that posts information about route cancellations, detours, and other service disruptions.
- Where's My Bus?
As part of the City of Ottawa's Open Data initiative, OC Transpo is giving developers access to a live feed of GPS locations of buses. This site takes the data, and uses it to provide schedules in realtime -- usually far more accurate than what's printed on the schedule. More info...
octranspo.mobi (mobile schedules - unofficial)
- STO On the Go (mobile schedules - unofficial)
- See also: OC
Transit blogs, etc.
- Public Transit In Ottawa
A very comprehensive blog that covers the transit scene in Ottawa, including "news, notes, and comments about Ottawa's public transit system"
- OC Transit Riders Union
- OC Transpo
A LiveJournal forum with pretty active discussions from bus riders and bus drivers alike. The go-to place for news from the Transitway trenches.
- Ken Yam's Blog
Ken says: "Urban transit has been part of my life since I was young. Today, I commute to work on a daily basis on Ottawa’s OC Transpo. Public transit has, and always will be, part of my life."
"Retweeting articles, tweets & blogs that document OC Transpo's screw-ups"
- I (Heart) OC Transpo
"You hear so much negativity about using OC Transpo, when the experience, 98% of the time, is actually pretty decent."
Blog: OC Transpo
A collection of all of our posts about OC Transpo.
Transpo Bus Fan Club
This is a Yahoo! message board devoted to all things OC Transpo. You'll
find photos, drawings, and even .wav files of bus sounds.
- OC Transpo Enthusiast Page
This site features a fleet roster, a list of OC Transpo radio frequencies,
a list of destination messages from the front panels of the buses. Out of date but perhaps useful?
- OC Transpo Etiquette (YouTube videos)
- Flickr: OC Transpo
O-Train / Light Rail
School Bus Info
- Ottawa Student Transportation
The OSTA looks after school bus transportation for the major school
baords in Ottawa. This is the place to look for the latest on school
bus cancellations due to bad weather.
Private routes (not OC Transpo)
Ottawa Transit History