Ottawa Mass Transit Routes Timeline 1929-2015

Year - Note

Map

1929:

  • The Ottawa Electric Railway withdrew its bus service in Eastview on April 3rd, 1929. 11

  • The Eastview Bus Company operated in Eastview until December 29, 1950. 11

1929 Map

1939:

  • Historian Glenn Clark notes that "the Elgin Street bus route did not have the south end terminus as shown" on this map. "Instead, the southern terminus was a loop, Riverdale, Bank, Cameron." "The routing shown on [this] map did not commence until December 14, 1942." 16

1939 Map

1948:

  • "The City of Ottawa buys the [Ottawa Electric Railway] for $6.3 million and forms the Ottawa Transportation Commission. Trackless trolley service starts and runs for approx 8 year using CCL Brill coached T48 made in Fort William Ontario." 10

  • Cyrville Bus Lines operated in Cyrville. 11

  • Uplands Bus Line operated until July 1, 1950. 12

  • The city of Hull had a bus only service provided by the Hull City Transport Company in 1948. 14

  • The town of Aylmer was served by the Gatineau Bus Company in 1948. 14

  • Points west of the town of Aylmer were, according to the Greber Report, "served jointly" by the Gatineau Bus Company and Pontiac Bus Company in 1948. 14

  • Circa 1948, according to the Greber report, "generally speaking, the Gatineau Bus Company carrie[d] most of the industrial workers commuting from Ottawa and Hull to the industrial areas of Gatineau, Buckingham and Masson." 14

  • According to the Greber report, "the Greer Bus Company serve[d] the communities adjacent to the Merivale Road" circa 1948-1950. 14

  • According to the Greber report, suburban communities to the west of Ottawa were served by the "Capital, Richmond and Nepean Bus Companies". 14

1948 Map

1950:

  • The Ottawa Transportation Commission took over most of the routes of the Uplands Bus Line on July 1, 1950. 12

1950 Map

1959:

  • "The last streetcar [made] its run on May 1, [1959]." 10

1962 Map

1971:

  • The Beacon Hill Bullet was a bus service between Beacon Hill and downtown Ottawa that began July 5, 1971 and operated until March 2, 1973. The service was started by the Transport Committee of the Beacon Hill North Community Association. OC Transpo took over service to this area March 5, 1973. Colin Churcher, one of the organizers of the Beacon Hill Bullet, explained "[t]he original OTC routes (24, 25 [1973 map], 26, 27 [1974 map] that replaced the Bullets used the same routes that we had devised." 15

1972:

  • "The [Ottawa Transit Commission] becomes the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission (OC Transpo), extending service into neighbouring municipalities." 10

1973:

  • "Eleven km of exclusive bus lanes are introduced to Ottawa streets." 10

1973 Map

1974:

  • A parallel transit system, offering door-to-door service for persons with disabilities, begins operation (named Para Transpo in 1982). 10

1974 Map

1981:

  • Construction of the Transitway starts. 17

1981 Map

1983:

  • The "first sections of the Transitway (exclusive busway) open between Algonquin College and Carling Avenue in the west, and across the Rideau River in the east. Stations open at Baseline, Iris, Queensway, Lincoln Fields, LeBreton, Lees and Hurdman." 10

1983 Map

1985:

  • The Transitway opened between Lincoln Fields and LeBreton flats. 17

  • Campus Station opened. The Transitway opened between Mann Ave. and Laurier Ave. 17

1985 Map

1986:

  • Laurier Station opened. The Transitway is connected to the Mackenzie King Bridge. The Place d'Orleans Park & Ride opens. 17

1986 Map

1987:

  • Train and St. Laurent Stations opened. The Transitway opened between Hurdman Station and Michael Street. 17

1987 Map

1989:

  • Blair Station opened. "The Transitway was extended to east of Blair Rd." 17

1989 Map

1990:

  • Cyrville Station opened. 17

1990 Map

1991:

  • The Transitway is extended from Hurdman station to Riverside Hospital. 17

1991 Map

1992:

  • A bus-only Eastbound lane is opened between Blair Station and Orleans. 17

1992 Map

1994:

  • Place d'Orleans Station opened. The Greenboro Park & Ride lot is opened. 17

1994 Map

1995:

  • The Transitway is extended from Billings Bridge to Hunt Club Road. The Eagleson Park & Ride opened. 17

1995 Map

1996:

  • "The 31 km Transitway system, approved in 1978, is completed." 10

  • "South Keys, Billings Bridge and Pleasant Park Stations opened." "The final section of the Transitway is opened between Riverside Hospital and Billings Bridge." 17

1996 Map

1998:

  • A bus-only Westbound lane is opened between Orleans and Blair Station. 17

1998 Map

1999:

  • Dominion Station opened. 17

1999 Map

2000:

  • "Mackenzie King Station opens June 28[, 2000]. Construction commences October 26 for Light Rail Pilot Project. Fallowfield Station opens October 29 with 140 Park & Ride spaces. Bayshore Station opens December 14[, 2000]." 10

2000 Map

2001:

  • "On January 1, OC Transpo becomes part of the newly amalgamated City of Ottawa. The O-Train launched October 15[, 2001] and five new light rail station open. Diesel-powered Talent Bombardier trains run along an eight km track from Bayview to Greenboro." 10

2001 Map

2002:

  • "The Transit service expanded to rural areas in the fall." 10

2002 Map

2003:

  • "Two new Park & Ride lots opened - Telesat on September 1 and Eagleson West on November 3[, 2003]." 10

2003 Map

2004:

  • "Terry Fox Park & Ride opens September 5[, 2004]." 10

2004 Map

2005:

  • Terry Fox Transitway Station and Park & Ride opened February 22 [, 2005]. All-day service to Trim Station commenced September 6." 10

2005 Map

2006:

  • "Strandherd Station completed in December with 336 parking spaces." 10

2006 Map

2007:

  • "Riverview temporary Park & Ride opened in Riverside South in September [, 2007]." 10

2007 Map

2009:

  • "New section of Transitway opened between Bayshore Station and new Pinecrest Station. Riverview Park & Ride opened. 24-hour service on the Transitway introduced." 10

2009 Map

2010:

  • "Industrial Garage opened in September; Leitrim Park & Ride opened in December." 10

2010 Map

2011:

  • "Three kilometre extension of the Southwest Transitway south of Fallowfield, along with two new stations - Longfields and Marketplace - opened on April 17 [, 2011]." 10

2011 Map

2013:

  • "Confederation Line construction begins including the downtown tunnel and infrastructure works." 10

2013 Map

2014:

  • "Nepean Woods Park & Ride opens in February. Beatrice Station opens in November along with bus-only lanes along Chapman Mills Drive. Confederation Line continues with construction starting on the Belfast Maintenance and Storage Facility." 10

2014 Map

2015:

  • "Cyrville and Train Stations close along with the section of Transitway between Lees and Blair Stations, as construction of the Confederation Line begins." 10

2015 Map

Links to maps by year

1929 | 1939 | 1948 | 1951 | 1954_June | 1954_December | 1962 | 1965 | 1967 | 1973 | 1974 | 1976 | 1978 | 1979 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | Rail routes only 1929-2015 | Major Changes 1929-2015 | Timeline 1929-2015 | Landing page


Observations may be sent to @jeffblackadar on Twitter.


1. OC Transpo, OC Transpo Transit Routes 1929-2015, ESRI Shapefiles, Ottawa, Ontario: MacOdrum Library, Carleton University, August 29, 2018. https://library.carleton.ca/find/gis/geospatial-data/oc-transpo-transit-routes.

8. © OpenStreetMap contributors, "OpenStreetMap Ottawa," Map, OpenStreetMap. OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF), Accessed April 14, 2019. https://www.openstreetmap.org.

10 OC Transpo, "History (Looking Back)," Milestones, OC Transpo, Accessed April 19, 2019, http://www.octranspo.com/about-octranspo/history_looking_back.

11 Glenn Clark, "Why Streetcars Never Ran on Montreal Road?," Historic Gloucester 16 No.1 (2015): 7. http://www.gloucesterhistory.com/Historic%20Gloucester%20Volume%2016%20No%201.pdf.

12 Glenn Clark, "Uplands Bus Lines - Gloucester South's Transit System from 1940 to 1950," Historic Gloucester 16 No.3 (2015): 6. http://www.gloucesterhistory.com/Historic%20Gloucester%20Volume%2016%20No%203.pdf.

14 National Capital Planning Service, Plan for the National Capital, Canada, 1950: General Report Submitted to the National Capital Planning Committee, (Ottawa: National Capital Planning Service., 1950-1951.) 87-89. Planning Canada's Capital, https://qshare.queensu.ca/Users01/gordond/planningcanadascapital/greber1950/Full_text_Greber1950.pdf

National Capital Planning Service. Bus and Street Car Routes Ottawa and Environs Ottawa. (Ottawa: National Capital Planning Service, 1947).

15 Colin Churcher, "Do-it-yourself Bus Service," Transport Canada staff magazine, December 1972, https://churcher.crcml.org/Articles/Article1972.html.

"A Bus - For Us.", directed by Rex Tasker, (Ottawa, ON: National Film Board, 1972,) film. https://www.nfb.ca/film/bus-for-us/.

David A. Wyatt, "All-Time List of Canadian Transit Systems," David A. Wyatt, Last modified 27 January 2017. https://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~wyatt/alltime/ottawa-on.html.

Colin Churcher, Personal correspondence, e-mail to author 21 April 2019.

16 Glenn Clark, "Proposed Billings Bridge Street Car Service Never Materialized," Historic Gloucester 16 No.4 (2015): 9. http://www.gloucesterhistory.com/Historic%20Gloucester%20Volume%2016%20No%204.pdf.

Glenn Clark, Personal corresondence, e-mail to author 18 April, 2019.

17 Dave Watts, Tracks, Wires, and Rubber Tires: a Short History of Public Transportation in the Nation's Capital, (Ottawa: Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission, 2000),17.


Page last modifed: 11 May, 2019