OC Transpo offers free service for select bus routes and downtown Para Transpo trips

OC Transpo summer schedule

OTTAWA, ON. Feb. 20, 2022 – Starting today Sunday, February 20, 15 OC Transpo bus routes serving downtown and all Para Transpo trips to and from the Rideau-Vanier and Somerset wards will be no-charge. OC Tranpso says, “this limited no-charge service will be in place until 30 days after the current state of emergency has been lifted, and is being offered to our customers in recognition of the disruption to transit travel in the downtown core due to road closures and detours.”

No-charge bus service on the routes

Customers will not need to pay a fare on the following routes:  5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 55, 56, 85 and 114.

OC Tranpso says, “Customers can board these 15 bus routes at any stop along the route without paying a fare. Customers boarding these routes will not receive a printed transfer. Fares will continue to be required at the pedestrian entrances to the fare-paid zones at Greenboro, Tunney’s Pasture, Hurdman and Blair Stations.

Transfers to bus routes other than the 15 downtown routes, and to O-Train Line 1 and Line 2 buses, will require regular fare. Transfers to STO are also not included.

When using these no-charge routes, do not tap your Presto card or pay a fare when boarding the bus – the Operator will let you on without requiring a fare.

If you normally only ride these 15 bus routes, consider not purchasing a March monthly pass or cancelling your auto-renew pass for the month. You can call OC Transpo Customer Service at 613-560-5000 if you have any questions.

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