There are now 66 more reasons for transit users to like Presto. Transit customers will be able to purchase monthly passes, load funds, check their balance, and set age-based discounts at 66 different Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstore locations across Ottawa.
The new retail locations are currently being rolled out in a phased approach with all stores expected to have Presto services available by the end of May, this year. For an up-to-date listing of locations, visit: octranspo.com or prestocard.ca.
“Since its adoption, I’ve been urging Metrolinks and OC Transpo to make Presto more convenient for transit users,” says Blais. “The use of retail locations in the neighbourhood will allow customers to instantly load their card with the entire suite of fare options available to them.”
-- Shorter routes, more seats, service for new communities --
Cumberland City Councillor and OC Transpo Chairman Stephen Blais is proud to announce additional and significant improvements for Orléans public transit users.
“Orléans residents continually take the bus to work more than in any other part of the City,” says Blais. “These changes will make OC Transpo easier and pave the way to LRT more than a decade ahead of the previous plan for Orléans commuters.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
-- 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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.