The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce that free transit service will again be available to residents on New Year’s Eve after 8 p.m. This city-wide service is provided through a partnership between MADD Ottawa, the City’s Safer Roads Ottawa program and OC Transpo.
“New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest social nights of the year and, thanks to OC Transpo and its generous partners, residents once again have a safe and worry-free option for travelling,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “If you plan on drinking, plan not to drive. Have a safe and happy holiday.”
Free service will be available on OC Transpo and Para Transpo after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. OC Transpo routes will operate a reduced weekday service on December 31. Customers should check the holiday schedules before heading out.
“OC Transpo’s number one priority is safety, so we’re happy to once again provide a safe and responsible travelling alternative to Ottawa residents on December 31,” said Councillor Stephen Blais, Transit Commission Chair. “On New Year’s Eve, let OC Transpo do the driving. No matter where you choose to go, consider taking OC Transpo.”
The Safer Roads Ottawa program is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department that is committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the city of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.
In addition to the free bus service, the City encourages Ottawa drivers to also consider the use of designated drivers, taxi services or Operation Red Nose to ensure a safe return home throughout the holidays.