OC Transpo Route 95

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OC Transpo Route 95 is the Ottawa transit network's busiest route, running on the Transitway across the city. The termination points are located in Barrhaven at Barrhaven Centre Station, and in Orléans at Place d'Orléans Station. Weekday trips may be extended to Trim Station, a few minutes east of Place d'Orléans. In addition, some trips also start or end at Baseline Station in the west end. During rush hour, a few trips start or end at Tunney's Pasture Station. Originally, the route served only the city core, but since the 1990s, the route has been expanded significantly to serve suburban areas, starting with Orléans in the early 1990s and Barrhaven in 2000.

History[edit]

During the 1970s and 1980s, the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton approved the construction of a new transit corridor called the Transitway. The purpose of this busway was to increase the speed of city-bound services from east and west. The first sections were built in 1983: in the southwest between Lincoln Fields and Baseline, and in the east between Lees and Hurdman. Gradually, those two sections were extended through the addition of a central Transitway in the Westboro and Mechanicsville areas, as well as in the downtown core along Albert and Slater streets, with the addition of designated bus lanes. There was also an eastern extension towards the St. Laurent and Cyrville areas, built during the late 1980s.

Route 95 became very important when the Transitway route was further developed. Priority measures were introduced on Woodroffe Avenue and on Regional Route 174 towards Orleans. The route rapidly became the city's busiest, requiring a very frequent service on weekdays and weekends. In the early 1990s, it ran from Baseline Station towards St. Laurent and then to Blair. As the suburbs grew in the 1990s and early 2000s, its coverage extended towards Barrhaven in the southwest and Orléans in the east. The Barrhaven extension was made after the construction of Fallowfield Station at the corner of Woodroffe and Fallowfield road in 2000, while the expansion to Orléans was possible subsequent to the opening of Place d'Orléans Station. Prior to the expansion of Route 95 toward the suburbs, the local service in Barrhaven served Baseline and/or Bayshore Stations, while the local Orléans service ended at Blair Station. The route will further change in future years with the continuation of major developments in those two suburbs.

Recent Changes[edit]

In 2003, OC Transpo opened a new Park-and-Ride facility at the corner of Trim Road and Regional Road 174, which became Trim Station. Initially, they added rush hour trips from LeBreton Station to Trim. Due to increasing demand, additional trips were added and frequent service is now provided on weekdays between 6 AM and 3 AM.

OC Transpo built a new extension of the southwest transitway in 2005. The new roadway was built parallel to Woodroffe Avenue from the Nepean Sportsplex south of Hunt Club Road towards Fallowfield Station, which opened in 2000. The 95 and express buses from Barrhaven travel along that stretch. Service on Woodroffe, previously provided by the 95, was replaced by Route 157, which is a rush hour-only route. The frequency of the 95 did not improve, due to which there were public complaints, as Woodroffe Avenue was widened to four lanes at the same time. In addition, the Via railroad track that crosses Woodroffe and the transitway is by a level crossing - a singularity on the exclusive busway network.[1]

Following the 2006 TransPlan public consultations, OC Transpo extended the 95 south of Fallowfield Station to a new Park and Ride facility located at the corner of Greenbank and Strandherd, near a bustling and expanding shopping district and neighbouring residential developments. In the future, a new transitway extension will be built to connect the southern sections of Barrhaven, and will be completed with the creation of Strandherd and Marketplace Stations. Before its cancellation on December 14, 2006, the north-south light-rail extension project between downtown Ottawa to South Barrhaven would have connected with the 95 near Chapman Hills. Those who opposed the light-rail project believed it would faster to take the 95 rather than the O-Train[citation needed]

In 2009, 24-hour service was introduced on the 95 between Fallowfield and Place d'Orléans. Service during the newly-operated hours is every 30 minutes. [1]

TransPlan 2011 proposed to modify route 95 within Barrhaven by adding a dedicated Transitway segment between Fallowfield Station and Barrhaven Centre Station. Longfields Station was added, along with moving the current Barrhaven Centre Station South, near the corner of Jockvale/Chapman Mills (Chapman Mills is being extended to Jockvale). Buses no longer use Greenbank Road due to these changes. A lot of other changes to other Barrhaven routes also took place, including heavy modifications to existing routes, such as rapid-transit route 94, peak route 186, express routes 70, 71, 73 and 76, cross-town route 176, and local routes 170, 171 and 177. New local route 175 was added; local route 173 and peak route 195 were to be removed (route 173 remained in service as a result of public consultations).[2]

Effective mid-April 2011, route 95, along with almost all other Barrhaven bus routes, is modified to improve service to, from, and within Barrhaven. The new leg of the Transitway (between Fallowfield Station and Barrhaven Centre Station) was opened at this time, prompting OC Transpo to provide modifications. Route 95 serves Barrhaven Centre Station 24/7. Frequencies on route 95 will also be increased at all times of all days. Route 94, which used to start/end at Tunney's Pasture Station was extended to/from Barrhaven via Woodroffe Avenue and the Transitway to supplement route 95. Several other modifications also took place at that time, including express routes 70, 71, 73, 76, and 77, local service (existing routes 170, 171, 173, and 177, and new route 175), and cross-town route 176. Route 186 to/from Manotick also underwent changes.

Future Changes[edit]

The City of Ottawa has also conducted public consultations over the Greenbank Road extension and realignment. There are plans to add designated bus lanes along Greenbank from south of Strandherd to Cambrian Road (and possibly further south) in conjunction with future development growth. It is possible that the 95 and other bus services will use the corridor towards those new communities.

Buses[edit]

During the early years, GM articulated buses were used for the 95. During the late 1980s and 1990s, the route was served by Orion III Ikarus articulated buses that were built during the second half of the decade. Some of those buses were purchased from the Toronto Transit Commission in the mid 1990s. There were problems over the bodywork and rust on these vehicles. These buses were also not air-conditioned and the doors would sometimes get people's ankles caught in the door rail. With the arrival of new articulated buses built by New Flyer Industries, OC Transpo gradually shifted to the New Flyer's D60LF model, a change completed in 2003. Between late 2010 and early 2011, the New Flyer D60LFs will be gradually replaced by New Flyer's D60LFRs.

Purpose[edit]

The very frequent service of the 95 (compared to the 96 and 97) is unsurprising, as it is the only transit route that serves more than one major suburban area (Barrhaven and Orléans). The 95 serves five major Park and Ride facilities, including Fallowfield, Strandherd, Baseline, Place d'Orléans and Trim. There are smaller facilities near Blair and Jeanne d'Arc Stations. It also serves both of the city's Via Rail train stations. Several major tourist attractions are served by the 95, including Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, the Byward Market and the Canadian War Museum north of Lebreton Station.

It is also a major route for shoppers. In addition to new commercial district coverage with additional service to the Greenbank/Strandherd area, the 95 also serves College Square located at Baseline Road and Woodroffe, Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre on Carling, St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Place d'Orléans, the Rideau Centre, the Sparks Street Mall, the Bank Street Promenade and Shopper's City East near Blair Station.

Educational institutes along this route include Woodroffe High School (near Lincoln Fields), Algonquin College (near Baseline Station), the University of Ottawa, Lisgar Collegiate Institute (both near downtown), and Gloucester High School.

Additional bus rapid transit routes[edit]

After the 2006 TransPlan public meetings, whose purpose was to discuss the improvement of transit services across the city, three rapid-transit routes were created and extended to Orléans. The main purpose of these changes was to offer east-end residents alternatives to Route 95 during the planned construction of the O-Train in the downtown core and to improve local service in growing communities in the east end. These three routes provide frequent service in addition to Route 95 on the eastern transitway corridor. It also followed plans by the Transportation Committee to improve travel times between the east and west ends of the city. Service to the 95 in Orléans was not modified.

OC Transpo Route 94[edit]

Route 94 is a new rapid transit route that travels from the community of Avalon to Tunney's Pasture Station. While its service was originally limited to rush hour, OC Transpo plans on improving the frequency due to new developments south of Innes Road between Navan Road and Trim Road as well as the increase of new big-box and department stores that are located along Innes Road. It is unclear whether route 94 will use a future transitway road that will link South Orléans to Blair Station and Hurdman Station.

Midday service was added in September 2007 as it ran westbound from 6 AM to 8 PM and eastbound from 9 AM to 8 PM with 30 minute service during midday hours in both directions and westbound during afternoon rush hour. Midday service was increased to every 15 minutes during the spring of 2008 with earlier and later eastbound service added as well. Thirty minute weekend service from 9 AM to 7 PM was added in September 2008 as well as more evening service in both directions up to 10 PM[3][4] and later until midnight in 2009 with headway increased to every 15 minutes on weekends. [2]

TransPlan 2011 called for route 94 to be extended from its current Western termination point at Tunney's Pasture Station to Barrhaven as part of Barrhaven's bus route changes. Route 94 would follow the South-West Transitway to Fallowfield Station, where buses would then use Woodroffe Avenue to end at the intersection of Strandherd/Woodroffe. Rush hour route 94 trips would be diverted along Crestway Drive, Leikin Drive, Bill Leathem Drive and Longfields Drive back to Woodroffe Avenue, replacing route 195's service to the RCMP headquarters. When the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge is completed (connecting Barrhaven to Riverside South), route 94 would terminate at Riverview Station. All of these TransPlan recommendations were approved and were implemented in mid-April 2011.[5]

In late 2011, service after 1 AM changed to operate along Rideau Street to being service closer to the Byward Market. These trips do not serve Barrhaven, and instead start/end at Tunney's Pasture Station.

In April 2013, route 94 had its western terminus changed to the new Nepean Woods Station, located near the corner of Woodroffe/Strandherd in Barrhaven. A new park and ride lot was opened on 24 February 2014 at the new station.[6] Buses traveling to Nepean Woods Station are signed 94 NEPEAN WOODS.

On 19 July 2014, selected trips on route 94 that started/ended at Nepean Woods Station were extended to/from Riverview Station via Strandherd Drive and the newly-completed Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge. This change is to provide improved connections between Riverside South and Barrhaven.[7]

Currently, route 94 operates every 4-10 minutes during morning peak to Tunney's Pasture Station and to Millennium Station in the afternoon, with selected trips extended to Nepean Woods Station in the morning (via Leikin and signed 94 NEPEAN WOODS VIA RCMP) and from Nepean Woods via Leikin in the afternoon. Trips to Millennium Station in the morning and to Barrhaven in the afternoon are every 10-15 minutes, with supplementary service between Baseline Station and Hurdman Station/Blair Station. Midday service is every 15 minutes between Barrhaven at Nepean Woods Station and Orleans at Millennium Station. Evening service is every 15 minutes from Baseline Station to Millennium Station with 15-30 minute trips from Nepean Woods Station, and 15 minute service is provided from Millennium Station to Nepean Woods Station. Late evening and late night service is 30 minutes between Tunney's Pasture Station and Millennium Station, with 30 minute service between Fallowfield Station and Nepean Woods Station. There is no service on route 94 between Tunney's Pasture Station and Fallowfield Station after approximately 10 PM.

Saturday service is generally every 15 minutes between Tunney's Pasture and Millennium, with 30 minute service to/from Nepean Woods. Early morning, evening, and late night service is every 30 minutes, with no service between Tunney's and Fallowfield before approx. 8:20 AM and after approx. 9:30 PM eastbound and 10:20 PM westbound. Sunday morning service is also every 15 minutes between Tunney's and Millennium. Afternoon service is every 15 minutes between Baseline and Millennium. Service to/from Barrhaven is every 30 minutes all day except Sunday morning westbound, where it is every 15 minutes. Early morning, evening, and late night service is every 30 minutes, with no service between Tunney's and Fallowfield before approx. 10:15 AM and after approx. 6 PM eastbound and 6:30 PM westbound.

OC Transpo Route 101[edit]

Route 99, previously running from Blair Station to Bayshore Station (and rush hour trips to Kanata North Business Park) for over 25 years, was renumbered to route 101 and extended to Orléans to allow residents to travel to the west end of the city (such as Bayshore Station) without traveling through downtown. However, most morning rush hour trips to and from Kanata did not serve Orléans (where service is provided by peak route 102 that travels to/from Tunney's Pasture Station). Since April 15, 2007, four AM rush hour trips traveled from Orléans to Kanata, while all PM peak trips did the opposite.

The route runs every 30 minutes and 6 days a week with headways of 10 minutes during rush hour to (AM) and from (PM) Kanata. 10-15 minute service is provided during rush hour in the other direction. Service outside rush hour has been improved with buses running every 20 minutes until 9-10 PM. During its first years of operation, Route 99 ran on Sundays and late on Saturday evenings, before service cuts were made. There are no immediate plans to re-introduce Sunday service despite being designated as a rapid transit bus route. It also previously served areas of Industrial, Innes, Star Top and Blair Roads before ending at Blair Station. Some trips ended at Hurdman Station before it was revised to remain on the Eastern Transitway. Those portions of the route were replaced by Routes 125 and 126. In its early years, the 99 did not travel via Carling Avenue and Booth Street.

Both route 101 and 102 use the Queensway in addition to the Transitway. While Route 101 is generally much faster than crosstown route 2 that linked Blair Station to Bayshore Station (route 2 was shortened later), it is more susceptible to lengthy delays due to accidents, traffic tie-ups and construction on Highway 417. Future Transitway extensions in the west end from Queensway Station to Bayshore Station will minimize the risk of delays on route 101.

In September 2007, the 101 expanded its service hours to include Sunday service between Kanata North and Queensway Station for employees working at Kanata North Business Park, but this service was later discontinued in September 2009. Some Orléans trips on Saturdays were also extended to/from Kanata during the morning westbound and in the afternoon and evening eastbound.[8]

In September 2011, route 101 was once again reduced, now, the buses travel between St. Laurent Station in the East End, and Bayshore Station in the west end. Service to Kanata North is provided by new rapid transit route 93.

OC Transpo Route 102[edit]

Route 102 offers similar service during rush hour towards Tunney's Pasture. It follows most of Route 101 until the Ottawa Civic Hospital on Carling Avenue. The City of Ottawa, in collaboration with the local newspaper, L'Express d'Orléans, have offered coupons for free rides for one day to those who were travelling or trying the route from Orléans to Tunney's Pasture. Its service has replaced the supplementary trips of Route 99 from Blair to Carling but extended to Tunney's Pasture via Holland Avenue. It also replaces Route 101 for rush hour service to (PM) and from (AM) Orléans with headways of 10-12 minutes.

Miscellaneous[edit]

Frequencies[edit]

A Route 95X Baseline articulated bus at Westboro Station

This route is considered the busiest of all the OC Transpo network as it serves two booming suburban communities and key transit stations such as Mackenzie King Station, Lincoln Fields Station, Baseline Station, St. Laurent Station and Blair Station, all of which are major transfer hubs to local or STO service. It also travels through the heart of the touristic area and the biggest employment area, and three of the biggest shopping centres across the city—St. Laurent, Place d'Orléans and the Rideau Centre—are all served by route 95. The heavily commercial area of Barrhaven was also added on the 95's route. In addition, route 101 serves the Pinecrest Shopping Centre and Bayshore Shopping Centre in the west end.

The 95 is the busiest route every day and as such operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It runs every 5 minutes between Orleans and Baseline (10 minutes to/from Barrhaven Centre Station and 10 minutes to/from Trim Station) on weekdays and only every 1–4 minutes during rush hour. Trips to Trim are provided until 3 AM on weekdays only. During Saturdays, early mornings are every half hour between Barrhaven Centre and Place d'Orleans, and every 15 minutes after 6 AM. Midday headway is every 15 minutes between Barrhaven Centre and Orleans, with supplementary trips between Baseline and Orleans and between Tunney's Pasture and Orleans. Late night Saturday service is 30 minutes between Barrhaven Centre and Orleans, with supplementary trips between Fallowfield and Orleans. Sunday service is also every 15 minutes between Barrhaven Centre Station and Place d'Orleans, with supplementary trips between Tunney's and Orleans. Sunday early mornings and late evenings are every 30 minutes between Barrhaven and Orleans.

Destination signs[edit]

Route 95 has several different destinations depending on the trip.

Eastbound trips[edit]

Eastbound trip signs include:

  • 95X FALLOWFIELD - Sometimes used on weekday mornings as a 40-foot bus, allowing customers to transfer to a 60-foot articulated bus at Fallowfield Station. These trips start at Barrhaven Centre Station.
  • 95X HURDMAN - Used as extra trips during rush hour (usually as the extensions of some trips of routes 156, 172 and 178 that were removed from downtown and Hurdman Station). This destination is also used as extra trips on special events such as Remembrance Day, Canada Day, and on the days when there has been a bus breakdown. Most of these trips start at Baseline Station, with some from Barrhaven Centre Station.
  • 95 BLAIR - Some midday trips are shortened to end at Blair Station. Most of these trips are supplemental trips from Tunney's Pasture Station, particularly during the summer when service is reduced.
  • 95 ORLEANS - All weekend trips and more than half of weekday trips end at Place d'Orléans Station. All trips that are detoured on St. Joseph Boulevard during the overnight hours, those that are detoured on Belfast and St. Laurent during the early morning hours, and those that travel on Rideau Street after 1 AM are also signed 95 ORLEANS. These trips do not serve Trim Station.
  • 95 TRIM/ORLEANS - Some trips are extended to Trim Station via Regional Road 174 between around 4:20 AM and 3:10 AM on weekdays. As the main ridership at this station comes from Park and Ride users traveling downtown to work, and workers at the nearby Taylor Creek Industrial Park, there are no weekend trips there. Most trips come from Barrhaven Centre Station, with some from Tunney's Pasture Station during afternoon peak.

Westbound trips[edit]

Westbound trip signs includes :

Communities served[edit]

Major attractions and locations along the route[edit]

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