As part of the conversion of our transit system from all-bus to a bus-train combination, OC Transpo is changing a lot of routes to become feeders to the new stations. Some of these routes will be in effect in fall 2018 when the Confederation Line opens. More changes will appear as the next phases of LRT are opened up.
We’ve already seen that the LRT Stations will have “lollipop” branding with a big red O.
That branding is now being extended to the bus signage. I noticed on Somerset Street, the No 2 bus stops now say:
I do not know when the buses themselves will adopt the new route numbers.[ a reader tells us it is April 23]
Somehow it seems like a demotion to go from historic route No 2 to 11. Like being sent down to the junior leagues. Notice also the big red O at the top right corner of the flag.
I don’t think they are retiring the OC Transpo moniker, but they should. Ottawa Carleton Transpo sounds so 1970’s, and Carleton County has long been binned. Maybe the OC could stand for Ottawa Capital? Does this mean street transit is now the O-Bus?
The O-Trains of course have taken over the No 1 designation (Confederation Line) and No 2 (Trillium Line).
Curiously, the new route numbers approved by Council last summer show the No 11 route running down Bank Street, so I guess the materials shown below are out of date.
When the Confederation Line appears the new route bus configuration will drive traffic to the LRT stations. Few buses will go downtown anymore. For example, the 85 will turn onto Booth and go to Gatineau. If you wanna go to or through the downtown, you’ll HAVE to transfer to the train.
The trains will prove popular because alternative routes will disappear.
Similar to how the current bus destinations signs work by identifying the farthest point the bus goes to (eg Fallowfield) the numbering of the routes indicates the neighbourhood furthest from the core:
Personally, I’m not thrilled with the neighbourhood designations, mostly because suburban areas tend to all blurr together in my mind. I tend to think of transit as a grid made up of intersecting lines, so I like knowing that 85 is on Preston, 86 on the next north-south street, 87 on Woodroff, another 8x should be on Greenbank, etc. etc
We’ll all get used to it eventually.