The OC Transpo wrecking yard. Photo by Andrew Knapp.
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.
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A big list of dozens of Chirstmas light displays in and around Ottawa, including Parliament Hill, Upper Canada Village, and Taffy Lane in Orleans.
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- OC Transpo
OC Transpo provides bus and train service on the Ontario side of the river.
- Société Transpo Outaouais (STO)
STO provides bus service on the Gatineau side.
- Para Transpo /
Para Transpo is Ottawa's accessible transit provider.
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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 Bus Tracker
- 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 Transpo hacks
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
- Ottawa Light Rail (official web site about the planned light rail expansion)
- Friends of the O-Train
- OC Transpo O-Train info page
- Ottawa's Light Rail Future (from OC Transpo)
- 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.
- Ottawa Streetcar Restoration Group
- Ottawa Streetcar Rail Photos
- Ottawa Transit History
- Significant Dates in Ottawa/Hull Street and Light Railway History
- Transit History of Ottawa, Ontario
- More Ottawa history links...
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