OC Transpo

Blais on the Bus

Blais on the Bus

As Ottawa prepares for the arrival of LRT in 2018, OC Transpo has recently been going through some changes. These changes are occurring here in Cumberland Ward and across the city. As most of you will have noticed, the biggest change is the elimination of the express premium that took effect prior to ringing in the New Year. This change will save former express pass holders up to $201 a year. But there have also been other changes, particularly to local routes.

Cumberland councillor getting a taste of OC Transpo commuter life

Coun. Stephen Blais is taking every commuter route in his ward this winter to get a first-hand look at recent route changes and schedules through Cumberland ward.

The councillor, who is also chair of the city’s transit commission, had already taken five routes at the end of January, with plans to do four more.

Blais continues to champion public transit in Orléans

Blais continues to champion public transit in Orléans

Additional OC Transpo service improvements for east end residents

City Councillor and Transit Commission Chair Stephen Blais is pleased to announce that OC Transpo will expand its service for Orléans transit users.

Blais celebrates 70 years of accident-free driving

Councillor Stephen Blais was proud to present Cumberland residents, and OC Transpo operators, André Bastien and Basharat Malik with Safe Driving Awards.

André Bastien has served over 2.6 million customers and travelled a whopping 1.7 million km over 44 years without an accident.

“It’s incredible to think that André has driven accident-free longer than I have been alive,” says Blais. “These two men have not only provided a great service for Ottawa, but they have set the bar for what it means to be a safe driver in Ottawa.”

Affordable Public Transit for All

Watson & Blais announce transit pass for low income residents

Today, Mayor Jim Watson, along with the Chair of the Transit Commission Councillor Stephen Blais, announced that a low income transit pass will be included in the City of Ottawa’s 2017 budget.

Transit Champion

BLAIS DELIVERS MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS FOR ORLÉANS BUS RIDERS

New routes, fewer transfers, shorter commute times

Cumberland Councillor and Chair of the Ottawa Transit Commission, Stephen Blais was pleased to announce significant improvements for east end OC Transpo customers that will come into effect at the end of December 2015.

OC TRANSPO CUSTOMER SAFETY CAMPAIGN

OC TRANSPO CUSTOMER SAFETY CAMPAIGN & NEW ONLINE INCIDENT REPORTING SYSTEM

In partnership with the Transit Safety Stakeholder Working Group, OC Transpo today launched its 2015 customer safety campaign and new online incident reporting tool, further enhancing its commitment to the safety and security of its customers, staff and the Ottawa community.
Algonquin College joins U-Pass program

Algonquin College joins U-Pass program, now 71,000 students-strong

OC Transpo, Algonquin College and Algonquin Students’ Association officials signed a Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) Agreement today. Algonquin College is the fourth local post-secondary institution to adopt the U-Pass, which will make Ottawa’s U-Pass program one of the largest and most successful in Canada with 71,000 participants.
Blais to Steer Transit Commission

Blais to Steer Transit Commission

Unanimously Chosen by Peers

Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais calls it an honour to be chosen by Ottawa City Council to Chair the Transit Commission.

New Park & Ride for Orléans

New Park & Ride for Orléans

Permit park and ride to open at Ray Friel Centre

Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais and Orléans Councillor Bob Monette are proud to announce that OC Transpo will be establishing a new Permit Park & Ride at the Ray Friel Centre in Orléans.

Double Deckers Hit Orléans Express Routes

Double Deckers Hit Orléans Express Routes

Orléans bus commuters are seeing tremendous investment in reducing their commute times and making the trip downtown more comfortable with increases in capacity with the introduction of double decker service.
 OC TRANSPO IMPROVING ORLÉANS SERVICE

OC Transpo Improving Orléans Service

Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais, a member of the City of Ottawa’s Transit Commission, is pleased to announced that beginning April 22 OC Transpo will be once again improving service for Orléans and Cumberland residents.

“Our dedication to public transit in Orléans is unparalleled,” says Blais. “Orléans residents deserve the best OC Transpo service to match our demonstrated commitment to public transit.”

Blais to push Transpo for open data

Councillor to move motion to force bus company to make information public

OC Transpo should open its bus-location data to outside programmers the same day it launches its own application to tell riders when their buses are due, says Councillor Stephen Blais, and he intends to present a motion to the city's transit commission at its next meeting on Thursday to force the company to do it.

BLAIS DELIVERS COMMON SENSE TO OC TRANSPO

BLAIS DELIVERS COMMON SENSE TO OC TRANSPO

-- Increased service from Orléans to Tunney’s Pasture and Lincoln Fields --

Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais is pleased to announce a significant increase in bus service for Orléans and Cumberland residents without any increase in costs.

Beginning Monday, January 9 Orléans and Cumberland residents will have an additional 70 trips to Tunney’s Pasture a major Government of Canada employment cluster.

TRIM ROAD PARK AND RIDE EXPANSION A REALITY

TRIM ROAD PARK AND RIDE EXPANSION A REALITY

Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais is pleased to announce that he has kept another campaign promise to expand park and rides spaces for East End residents. The Trim Road Park and Ride will be expanded by 380 spaces.

“The expansion of the Trim Road Park and Ride further demonstrates our commitment to Orléans and Cumberland public transit commuters,” says Blais. “The 380 new spots will allow for more riders and also reduce the volume on cars on Hwy 174.”

Blais Announces Addition of New Trips to Route 30

Blais Announces Addition of New Trips to Route 30

Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais announces the addition of new trips and articulated buses for the hugely popular new route 30.

“The Route 30 is one of the success stories of the recent route optimization,” says Blais. “The new 30 express route saves riders more than 90 minutes every week – time we can spend with our families and participating in extracurricular activities.”

TRANSFERABLE BUS PASSES COMING TO OTTAWA

TRANSFERABLE BUS PASSES COMING TO OTTAWA

Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais kept another campaign promise today when the Ottawa Transit Commission approved the transferable bus pass as part of the implementation of the PRESTO smart card. The transferable bus pass portion released on March 16, 2010 was part of Blais’ 5 point plan to improve public transit for Orléans and Cumberland residents.

“By making bus passes transferable to any other resident, we will be providing better value for the cost of public transit for residents,” says Blais. “The ability to transfer your monthly pass to your children or other family members/friends will enhance public transit as a preferred mode of transportation in Ottawa.”

Buck stops with commission

New transit body supposed to put an end to political micromanagement

When the newly formed transit commission seals the deal on dozens of revised bus routes changes, it'll all be over bar the complaining.

The commission's vote on the massive changes to bus routes throughout the city doesn't go to full council for final debate or approval. The creation of the transit commission was part of Mayor Jim Watson's election platform, and one supported by city council.

Bus riders pack final open house

Citizens' concerns will be considered: transit chair

City staff and councillors have a lot of feedback to sort through after east-end transit riders packed the house again for the final public consultation on proposed OC Transpo route changes.

Transit commission chairwoman Diane Deans said she couldn't say how drastically the plan presented to the public will change, but said the public's concerns will play a major role in the redesign.

A Better OC Transpo

In 1870, the Ottawa City Passenger Railway Company began its operation with 36 horses, six horse-drawn cars and five bobsleds. Public transit in Ottawa was born!

Since then, public transit has undergone many changes, but the one constant question has been how to deliver better service to improve the quality of life of our residents.

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