A Severe Storm Schedule will be piloted this winter for buses on weekdays. It will be in effect when 31 cm or more of snow is expected.
OC Transpo is introducing a Severe Storm Schedule this winter
Providing safe and reliable transit service for customers is our top priority. We are taking steps this winter to better manage bus service during severe winter storms.
This winter, we are piloting a special Severe Storm Schedule for buses on weekdays. It will be in effect when 31 cm or more of snow is expected. Other severe weather conditions that could impact bus operation may also bring this special schedule in effect. This could include a mixture of wet, heavy snow, ice, and freezing rain.
On weekdays, bus service will be based on a Saturday schedule, with limited early morning service and weekday-only routes. Trips will be added to routes servicing hospitals.
Shopper Routes will not operate.
O-Train Line 1 and Para Transpo service will not be reduced. However, customers should still expect delays.
Adjustments to bus types that are in operation will be made. This includes replacing many articulated buses with 40-foot or double-decker buses, as they tend to operate better in heavy snow.
Customers will be notified through all of OC Transpo's regular communications channels the day before a Severe Storm Schedule occurs.
Coming soon: You will soon be able to view how a Severe Storm Schedule will affect your trips. Keep checking octranspo.com for updates.