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OC Transpo 2019 holiday schedule, including free rides on New Year's Eve (and other city service changes)

“New Flyer” Photo by Justin S. Campbell, via Flickr. (Used under a Creative Commons License.)

Here’s some information from the City of Ottawa about OC Transpo’s holiday schedule. For more information on schedule changes to city services, including garbage and recycling, parking and recreation, here’s a press release.

(Via City of Ottawa)

  • OC Transpo will operate on a reduced schedule from December 23 through December 27 and from December 30 through January 3. Timetables are available at octranspo.com. Call 613-560-1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number for real-time schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, call 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com.

  • A family or group can travel all day for the cost of one DayPass with the Family DayPass, which can be purchased for $10.50 on weekends or stat holidays from the bus operator when boarding, or from a ticket machine at any O-Train station. A family or group can include up to six people, with a maximum of two people aged 13 or older.

  • OC Transpo and Para Transpo will offer free service after 5 pm on New Year’s Eve.

  • The Rideau Centre OC Transpo Customer Service Centre will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. It will be open on Boxing Day from 8 am to 8 pm. Customer Service Centres at the Lincoln Fields, Place d’Orléans and St-Laurent Stations will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day.

  • Transit Information is open with holiday hours during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s. Call 613-741-4390 or use the video chat feature on ticket machines to speak with a Customer Service Representative. O-Train Ambassadors in red vests will also be available at Line 1 stations.

  • STO users can plan their trip using Plani-bus.

  • School trips (600-series) will not operate from December 23 to January 3.

  • Para Transpo will operate a holiday service on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Regularly scheduled trips on these days will be automatically cancelled, but customers may book trips for these days by calling 613-244‑7272 on or after:

    • December 18, for Christmas Day bookings
    • December 19, for Boxing Day bookings
    • December 25, for New Year’s Day bookings
  • Customers are reminded to suspend any other regular bookings if they will be on vacation during the holiday season.

  • Para Transpo’s taxi coupon booking line (613-842-3670) will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day. The line for reservations and cancellations (613-244-7272) will be open regular hours.

  • OC Transpo Customer Relations (613-842-3600) will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day.