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OC Transpo switching to summer service this weekend

OC Transpo also details a list of detours and closures that will be starting over the weekend to accommodate construction for Stage 2 of the O-Train.
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OC Transpo bus, July 2019. Chris Kurys/ OttawaMatters.com

This week marked the first day of summer, which means OC Transpo will be switching to its summer service starting this weekend.

Starting on Sunday, June 26, service adjustments and seasonal changes will start to reflect summer ridership.

Some Transitway closures and detours for Stage 2 O-Train construction have already started as of Thursday, June 23.

Transitway closure between Tunney’s Pasture and Dominion Stations

The Transitway will permanently close between Tunney’s Pasture and Dominion Stations to allow for construction of the Stage 2 O-Train extensions to Algonquin and Moodie Stations.

As a result:

  • Buses will travel on Scott Street;
  • At Westboro Station customers will use temporary bus platforms on Scott Street. The station Roadway and building will be closed;
  • Routes 62 and 75 will provide service to a pair of stops on Scott Street at Island Park Drive. No other detoured bus routes will serve these stops;
  • At Dominion Station, customers will use new temporary bus platforms on the realigned temporary Transitway.

The closures and bus detours have started to be implemented in phases as if Thursday, June 23, until Sunday, June 26.

There will be temporary bus top and station access adjustments at Tunney’s Pasture Station to accommodate the transition to the new detour routing.

Customers travelling during the transition period are told to check OCTranspo.com for details on bus stop changes and detours.

Transitway closure between Iris Station and Baseline Station

This section of the transitway will permanently close between Iris Station and Baseline Station on Sunday, June 26 to Stage 2 O-Train extension construction to Algonquin Station.

Buses will be detoured via Woodroffe Avenue and Iris Street.

At Iris Station, there will be temporary adjustments to the location of bus stops, but al bus routes will continue to serve the station.

There will be no changes at Baseline Station.

At Dominion, Westboro, Tunney’s Pasture and Iris stations, signage will help direct commuters to the interim access points and bus stops, and OC Transpo staff will e on site over the first few days to help.

Service adjustments

  • Route 27 – Three additional round trips will be added in the midday, and the route will be adjusted to travel via Wanaki, Mikinak, and Codd’s Roads to better serve customers in recently developed areas of the Wateridge neighbourhood, including Veterans’ House. 
  • Route 40 – Service during off-peak hours will operate along Johnston Road instead of Tapiola Crescent. Weekday peak-period service will continue to operate on Tapiola Crescent. 
  • Route 93 – Service will travel along Bradwell Way between Findlay Creek Drive and Kelly Farm Drive and will no longer use the White Alder Avenue loop.  

Seasonal adjustments

Routes 25, 82 and 87 will see their trip frequency adjusted during certain time periods to reflect summer ridership.

Summer weekend service returns with trips to recreation destinations as well;

  • Route 25 to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum 
  • Route 139 to Petrie Island (begins Saturday, June 18) 
  • Route 185 to the Central Experimental Farm and Canada Agriculture and Food Museum 

More information can be found at OCTranspo.com.

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