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Reductions to the number of STO buses in downtown Ottawa

The results presented below may evolve during the next phases of this project, in particular with respect to the choice of bus routes continuing to Ottawa.

As  previously mentioned, allowing a certain number of buses to continue into downtown Ottawa, in addition to the tram, represents the most appropriate solution to achieve quality service and efficient operations.

All tram scenario

  • In order to limit transfers for users in the eastern sector of Gatineau, the Rapibus lines would continue to the Rideau center (purple corridor).
  • A few STO bus routes from the Hull and Gatineau sectors would also be maintained. Routes 11, 31, 85 and 87 have been identified (orange and green corridors).
  • For all other STO bus routes currently travelling to Ottawa, transfers would be required on the Gatineau side.

This scenario would reduce the number of STO buses in downtown Ottawa by approximately 70%, compared to the current situation.

Hybrid scenarios

  • In addition to the bus routes identified in the all-tram scenario, some buses coming from Gatineau's  west end on the BRT corridor would cross into Ottawa.
  • The number of STO buses in Ottawa is therefore higher than in the all-tram scenario, but lower than the number of buses currently operating.

This scenario would reduce the number of STO buses in downtown Ottawa by approximately 30 to 45%, compared to the current situation.

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