Société de transport de l'Outaouais
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|Headquarters||111 Rue Jean-Proulx|
|Service area||National Capital Region|
|Service type||Bus service, paratransit|
Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) is the transit service of the Outaouais region of Quebec. It operates public transit routes in Gatineau, Quebec, including the Hull, Aylmer, Gatineau, Buckingham and Masson-Angers sectors, plus limited service to suburban communities such as Chelsea and Cantley.
STO is located in Canada's National Capital Region, and operates numerous bus routes through Downtown Ottawa, Ontario. It was the last transit company that still operated fishbowl buses in Quebec, the last one: 7901 was preserved.
- Before 1971, Public Transit in Gatineau was operated by the private sector. The company had 42 buses to serve 11 million clients in 1956, number reduced to 2.5 million clients in 1971.
- In 1969, the law on the Regional Outaouais Community (Communauté régionale de l'Outaouais) is adopted. In 1971, the Commission de transport de la communauté régionale de l'Outaouais (CTCRO) was created. In 1972, the CTCRO acquired their administrative headquarters, adopted their logo and official colours and for an amount of $2.25 million buys all three public transit companies operating in the region (Transport urbain de Hull, Transport Hull métropolitain, Transport d'écoliers du nord de l'Outaouais).
- In 1973, the CTCRO creates an agreement with OC Transpo, to make the transfers between the two services easier.
- In 1991, CRCRO becomes la Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO)
- In 1996, the STO celebrated its 25th anniversary. On a day, passengers were charged only 25 cents for one trip.
- In 1998, the STO was named the Canadian public transit operator of the year by the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA). It was at the same year that the company introduced a smart-card fare system, making it the first company not only in the Americas but the entire Western Hemisphere to have a smart-card system. Paper card bus passes were gradually retired until its official end in 2004 when smart cards became the exclusive bus pass.
- In 2002, the STO introduced its first fleet of low-floor buses from NovaBus. From this year forward, the company purchased low-floor only buses.
- In 2003, the STO have announced plans to build a bus-only roadway similar to OC Transpo's transitway in Ottawa, called the Rapibus. Currently under environmental assessments, the project is expected to be completed by 2011.
- In 2005, the STO announced a strategic plan for the period 2005–2015 in which they are projecting a ridership of 21 million by 2015 up from 16.3 million in 2006. Ridership from 1995 to 2006 had grown about 50% . In addition to the Rapibus, the STO is planning on increasing the number of park and ride facilities across the city as well as the introduction of bike racks, the expansion or addition of garages, fleet expansion and a pilot project with routes increasing accessibility to people with reduced mobility.
- In 2012, STO introduced its fleet of Novabus LFS articulated buses.
- In 2013, STO unveils its new visual identity - L'avenir en commun, as well as a new logo.
Information current to July 2010:
- Fleet: 288 buses
- Employees: 673, including 408 bus drivers.
- Routes: 62 (47 regular, 13 express and 2 interzones)
- Shelters: 277
- Ridership: over 19.3 million in 2009
- Kilometres travelled each year: 13.4 million in 2009
- Paratransit Service
- Park-n-Ride: 17
STO Bus Routes
- As of January 1, 2009
|35||Cégep de l'Outaouais (Hull campus)||Ottawa via MacDonald-Cartier Bridge||Some weekday northbound trips are extended to residential areas north of the CEGEP. These trips are signed 35 De la Galène otherwise northbound trips are signed 35 Lac des Fées. Two weekday morning trips towards Ottawa starts at Marie-Burger and Cite-des-Jeunes. Doesn't run on Sundays.|
|36||Ottawa via Portage Bridge or MacDonald-Cartier Bridge (Weekdays from 9 am) & Hull Hospital||Northbound trips are signed 36 Gabrielle-Roy or 36 Gabrielle-Roy/Hôpital de Hull. This route is available only during the midday hours between rush hours. Since January 2012, Ottawa-bound trips uses the MacDonald-Cartier Bridge except the first trip.|
|37||Ottawa via Portage Bridge or MacDonald-Cartier Bridge(Weekdays from 9 am)||Holds a similar route than the 36 but its northbound trips are signed 37 St-Joseph and does not travel at the Hull Hospital. Since January 2012, Ottawa-bound trips uses the MacDonald-Cartier Bridge after 9 am during weekdays only.
Note : There are trips that are signed École secondaire Mont-Bleu or École secondaire de l'Île – see Routes 629 and 737.
|38||Freeman Park And Ride||Runs weekdays only and offers supplementary services to Routes 21, 36, 37 and 39 on St-Joseph Blvd. Ottawa-bound trips after 9 am uses the MacDonald-Cartier Bridge|
|39||Freeman Park And Ride & Le Plateau||Ottawa via Portage Bridge||There are trips that are signed École secondaire Mont-Bleu or École secondaire de l'Île – see Routes 639 and 839. Additional rush-hour service from Le Plateau and Manoir des Trembles are provided by Routes 22, 25, 26, 28 (heads to Tunney's Pasture) and 29.|
|49||Jardins Lavigne (Aylmer sector) & Rivermead Park And Ride||CEGEP de l'Outaouais (Hull campus) via Le Plateau||All off-peak trips ends at Rivermead with some rush-hour trips to downtown Aylmer sector. Saturday and Sunday as well as early-evening weekday service and 30-minute service between rush hours were introduced in 2007.|
|51||Front (Aylmer)||Rivermead Park-and-ride||Follows most of Route 41 in Aylmer sector.|
|52||Eardley (Aylmer Sector)||Direct transfer to Route 59 and follows most of Routes 44 and 46 through Aylmer sector.|
|53||Wychwood (Aylmer)||Follows Route 45 in Aylmer sector between Galeries d'Aylmer and Rivermead. Will be extended to the Allumettieres Park and Ride in September 2012|
|57||Rivermead Park And Ride & Downtown Aylmer sector||Les Promenades Gatineau via Downtown Gatineau||Runs in peak periods only with a midday trip between the first and second block of courses at the UQO and late-evening trips from les Promenades. Some PM westbound rush-hour trips will start downtown while some eastbound PM peak trips will start from St-Dominique Park and Ride|
|59||Rivermead Park-and-Ride||Ottawa via Portage Bridge||All day regular link to Ottawa. Transfer with local service at Rivermead. Some peak morning trips will start at the Hippodrome Park and Ride in September 2012|
|63||Les Promenades Gatineau||It is a one-way loop route. Sunday Service was added in September 2011|
|64||Freeman Park and Ride||Les Promenades de l'Outaouais||Created from splitting of route 39. Serving the Limbour and Touraine areas previously served by route 39.|
|66||Limbour – St-Alexandre Park And Ride (Gatineau sector)||Les Promenades Gatineau||Doesn't run on Sundays. Replaced portions of former Routes 61 & 69 during the summer of 2006.|
|67||Les Promenades Gatineau||Ottawa via Portage Bridge||Direct link from Ottawa to les Promenades. Rush hour trips to les Promenades (morning) and downtown (afternoon) are provided by Routes 57 (downtown Gatineau only) and 77.|
|71||Jean-Rene Monette Park And Ride – Davidson (Gatineau sector)||Les Promenades Gatineau||Provides alternate service to Route 76|
|72||Jean-Rene Monette Park And Ride (Gatineau Sector)||Notre-Dame||Runs weekdays and off-peak only. Most of the old Route 72 was replaced by Route 78 in June 2006.|
|74||Les Promenades Gatineau||Maloney & Encan Larose (Masson-Angers sector)||One trip goes to Encan Larose in Masson-Angers. Doesn't run on Sundays and most of its weekday service was replaced by Route 96 that follows the same route. All Saturday trips will be replaced by route 96 in September 2012|
|76||Jean-Rene Monette Park And Ride – La Vérendrye (Gatineau sector)||Les Promenades Gatineau||Provides alternate service to Route 71 to CHVO Gatineau|
|77||Magnus & Place la Cité (Gatineau Sector)||Ottawa via Portage Bridge||Follows mostly Route 67 from les Promenades to Ottawa except in the downtown area. Since June 2008 shorten rush-hour supplementary trips between Place de la Cité and Ottawa are provided by Route 65.|
|78||Jean-Rene Monette Park And Ride – Cheval Blanc (Gatineau sector)||Les Promenades Gatineau||Replaced most of Route 72 during the summer of 2006|
|79||Lorrain & Saint-Thomas (Rivière Blanche)||Jean-Rene Monette Park And Ride – Cheval Blanc (Gatineau sector)||Route introduced in 2010 providing service north of the Lorrain & Highway 50 area.|
|96||Masson-Angers – Buckingham||Les Promenades Gatineau||Follows Route 74 on Maloney Blvd. Increased service on evenings from Monday to Saturday with hourly service on weekdays. Additional weekend service will be provided in September 2012, including replacing all route 74 trips on Saturday.|
|300||Robert-Guertin Park And Ride (Hull Sector)||Village Place-Cartier – Galeries de Hull||Shopper's route on Tuesday and Thursday|
Rush-hour regular routes
|1||Chelsea||Ottawa via Portage Bridge||Travels via Boulevard Saint-Joseph towards downtown.|
|5||Cantley||Travels via the Casino du Lac-Leamy towards downtown.|
|6||One AM trip and one PM trip serving additional Cantley subdivisions not currently served directly by route 5. In Gatineau and Ottawa, it follows the current route 5.|
|20||Freeman Park And Ride (Hull Sector) via Portage Bridge||Ottawa via Alexandra Bridge||Travels from Ottawa in the morning rush-hour and provides additional service to St. Joseph Blvd in addition to Routes 37 and 38. Starting in January 2009, afternoon trips towards Ottawa will be modified to travel via the Alexandra Bridge and will end at Wellington and Lyon.|
|22||Le Plateau (Hull sector)||Ottawa via Portage Bridge||New route replacing parts of Route 25 and 26 service on St-Raymond Boulevard. All trips have been extended into Le Plateau.|
|24||New route to Europe blvd introduced in September 2011 replacing parts of route 25 and following the same route as route 22 south of Le Plateau.|
|25||Serves the western part of the community.|
|26||Serves northern and central parts of the community.|
|27||Hautes-Plaines (Hull Sector)||Travels near the Casino du Lac Leamy towards downtown.|
|28||Le Plateau & Hull Hospital||Tunney's Pasture||Travels via Champlain Bridge & Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway|
|29||Manoir des Trembles (Hull Sector)||Ottawa via Portage Bridge||Uses same route as Route 39 until Boulevard Saint-Raymond|
|32||Cegep Gabrielle-Roy||Ottawa via Alexandra Bridge||Will replace route 31 trips to the CEGEP in the morning peak period and afternoon peak period trips to Ottawa starting in September 2012. Will follow the same route as route 31 but will serve government offices (including newly built ones) near the Casino du Lac Leamy and on Saint-Joseph Boulevard|
|40||Jardins-Lavigne (Aylmer)||Ottawa via Portage Bridge||Replaces Route 50 but route was not modified in June 2007.|
|41||Des Cedres (Aylmer)||Created in June 2007 as a split of Route 45 with the latter still serving Wychwood and Deschenes|
|44||Eardley (Aylmer Sector) & Rivermead Park and Ride||Follows mostly Route 52, but travels straight on Chemin d'Aylmer.|
|45||Wychwood (Aylmer Sector)||Route was split in June 2007, with Route 41 serving the The Cedars/Queen's Park neighbourhoods.|
|46||Eardley – Front (Aylmer Sector) & Rivermead Park And Ride||Follows mostly Route 44 but does not travel through most of the Eardley community.|
|47||Lakeview – Eardley (Aylmer)||Replaces Route 55 but ends at Galeries d'Aylmer|
|48||Lucerne North – Aylmer North||Ottawa via Macdonald-Cartier Bridge & Downtown Gatineau||A one-trip route that serves rural Aylmer north|
|54||Parc Champlain (Aylmer Sector)||Rivermead Park And Ride||Connector route to serve local communities|
|58||Rivermead Park And Ride||Tunney's Pasture||Via Champlain Bridge. Previously used Orion II mini-buses due to width restriction on the bridge prior to widening project in 2002–2003.|
|65||Place de la Cite||Ottawa via Portage Bridge||Since June 2008, Route 65 provides the shortened trips of Route 77 during rush-hour. Those trips will be shortned and replaced by route 67 in September 2012. Entire route to/from Labrosse/St-Rene is still provided by Route 77.|
|68||Les Promenades Gatineau||Cégep de l'Outaouais (Hull Campus) via Autoroute 50||Closed doors route. Also served as temporary shuttle route during certain hours between the CEGEP and les Promenades due to construction detours on the Alonzo Wright Bridge affecting Routes 33 and 64 in 2009.|
|11||Cégep de l'Outaouais (Hull campus)||Ottawa via Macdonald-Cartier Bridge & Downtown Gatineau||Follows portions of Routes 31 & 35 through Parc de la Montagne|
|17||Follows portions of Routes 36 & 37 in the Mont-Bleu area|
|80||Escarpment Limbour area (Gatineau sector)||Ottawa via Portage Bridge & Autoroute 50||Serving Limbour community and extended to the Escarpment Limbour neighborhood just south of the Gatineau/Cantley line|
|81||La Verendrye (Gatineau Sector)||Ottawa via Portage Bridge||Serving Du Carrefour & Saint-Richard community|
|82||Jean-Rene Monette Park And Ride – Duquette (Gatineau sector)||Serving Pointe-Gatineau & Saint-Richard communities|
|83||Ravins Boises/Nobert (Gatineau sector)||Serving Les Terrasses Paiement community|
|84||Maloney (Gatineau sector)||Serving areas in the vicinity of Boulevard Maloney|
|85||Côte-des-Neiges (Gatineau sector)||Serves Du Carrefour, Mont-Royal and Le Versant communities|
|86||Du Barry (Gatineau sector)||Serves Le Baron community|
|87||Mont-Luc/Limbour - St-Alexandre Park and Ride (Gatineau sector)||Ottawa via Portage Bridge & Autoroute 50||Serves Mont-Luc and Limbour communities and ends at Beaudry Arena near St-Louis/Des Erables|
|88||Cheval Blanc (Gatineau sector)||Serves Cheval Blanc/La Sablonnière communities. Some morning trips towards Ottawa may exit Highway 50 at Paiement and travel via Greber and Fournier in case of congestion on Highway 50.|
|89||Touraine (Gatineau sector)||Serves Touraine community|
|90||Davidson (Gatineau sector)||Ottawa via Portage Bridge||Serves Les Hauteurs, Bellevue and Terrasses Paiement communities.|
|94||Masson-Angers sector (Masson Arena)||Ottawa via Portage Bridge & Autoroute 50||Follows portions of Route 96 in Masson and Angers areas. Some morning trips towards Ottawa may exit Highway 50 at Paiement and travel via Greber and Fournier in case of congestion on Highway 50.|
|98||Buckingham sector (Lépine / Carpentier)||Follows Route 96 through Buckingham. Some morning trips towards Ottawa may exit Highway 50 at Paiement and travel via Greber and Fournier in case of congestion on Highway 50.|
The following routes are for students from Gatineau educational institutions only and numbers are not shown on the destination sign, on the bus flag, the Info-Plus information board or the User's Guide. It is mentioned only on the STO's website under the Students (Pour étudiants seulement) section. They are also not included in the InfoBus telephone information dispatcher system. They have three-digit numbers, and the last two indicate that it is using a route similar to its parent route (ex: 633 follows mostly Route 33). Generally, the name of the school is shown only on the destination sign, but sometimes it can also do the parent route's short trip. These routes runs only on school days from Late-August/Early-September to mid or late-June.
|325||Le Plateau (Hull sector)||Collège Saint-Alexandre (Gatineau sector)||Travels via Boulevards Saint-Joseph, Boulevard Mont-Bleu, Boulevard Cité-des-Jeunes and Saint-Raymond during the afternoon but does not serves Mont-Bleu and Cite-des-Jenues in the morning. Afternoon trips in Le Plateau runs in the same direction as the AM 325 trips (counter-clock wise) but via Pink Road before entering the residential areas.|
|327||Marie-Burger-Hautes Plaines (Hull Sector)||Follows Route 27 through Marie-Burger and Hautes Plaines areas|
|333||Cégep de l'Outaouais (Hull campus) & Ottawa via Alexandra Bridge||Morning trips to St-Alexandre starts from the CEGEP while one afternoon trip extends to Ottawa|
|338||Collège Saint-Alexandre||Galeries de Hull||P.M rush hour only following Route 38 until Les Galeries de Hull|
|339||Galeries de Hull, Le Plateau/Manoir des Trembles (Hull Sector)||Collège Saint-Alexandre (Gatineau sector)||Skips the Mutchmore residential area staying on Boulevard Saint-Joseph. A route 339 trip in the morning provides extension of a route 731 AM trip.|
|533||Les Promenades Gatineau||Collège Nouvelles-Frontières (Hull sector)||Runs during PM rush hour only and follows Route 33.|
|539||Le Plateau/Manoir des Trembles||Collège Nouvelles-Frontières (Hull sector)||Serves le Plateau, Manoir des Trembles and Val-Tetrault via Route 39.|
|564||Les Promenades Gatineau||Route follows Route 64 in the Gatineau sector as well as Route 39 between the Hospital and Freeman Park and Ride.|
|625||Le Plateau (Hull sector)||Polyvalente de l'Île (Hull Sector)||Travels via Gamelin and Boulevard Saint-Raymond|
|627||Hautes Plaines (Hull sector)||Follows Route 27 except does not travel via the Marie-Burger area (AM only)|
|629||Manoir des Trembles (Hull Sector)||Travels via Boulevards Alexandre-Tache, Saint-Joseph and des Allumettières|
|633||Freeman Park And Ride||Follows Route 33 until Freeman|
|637||Val-Tetrault||Travels via Boulevard Saint-Joseph. Map not shown on STO site|
|639||Saint-Joseph/Mutchmore||Follows mostly route 39 between Mutchmore and Galeries de Hull (PM only)|
|649||Rivermead (Aylmer sector)||École Secondaire Grande-Rivière (Aylmer)||Follows Route 49 until Parc Champlain/Rivermead and Route 52 until Rivermead|
|651||Rivermead Park And Ride/Aylmer sector||Follows Route 51 and the section of Route 52 west of Grande-Rivière|
|653||Rivermead Park And Ride/Wychwood||Follows mostly route 53|
|654||Rivermead & Parc Champlain (Aylmer sector)||Trips travels on des Allumettières and serves Parc Champlain.|
|666||Mont-Luc-Limbour (Gatineau sector)||Collège Nouvelles-Frontières (Hull Sector)||Serves Mont-Luc, Limbour and Hautes Plaines areas.|
|671||Jean-Rene Monette Park and Ride – Davidson (Gatineau sector)||Travels via Boulevard Saint-Joseph and Alonzo Wright Bridge towards the Gatineau sector. Serves same residential areas as Route 71.|
|676||Jean-Rene Monette Park And Ride – La Verendrye (Gatineau sector)||Follows mostly Route 76 in Gatineau sector. Travels via Boulevards Gréber and Fournier and Autoroute 5 during AM rush hour and via Boulevard Saint-Joseph and Alonzo Wright Bridge during PM rush hour.|
|696||Buckingham and Masson-Angers sectors||Follows Route 96. Travels via Boulevards Gréber and Fournier and Autoroute 5 (AM) or Sacre-Coeur Boulevard (PM).|
|731||Cégep de l'Outaouais (Hull Campus) & Polyvalente Mont-Bleu||Polyvalente de l'Île & Collège Saint-Joseph||A 731 morning trip ends at the Galeries de Hull and continues as Route 339 towards Collège Saint-Alexandre. Trip to Ottawa only during P.M rush hour from Mont-Bleu. Morning Mont-Bleu trip ends at Cégep de l'Outaouais There is additional PM run from Collège Saint-Joseph towards the CEGEP area.|
|733||Polyvalente Mont-Bleu||Freeman Park and Ride||P.M rush hour only – map not available on STO site.|
|735||Marie-Burger/Hautes Plaines & Hull Hospital/Collège Nouvelle Frontières||Serves both the Mont-Bleu and Collège Nouvelles Frontières|
|737||Saint-Joseph & Downtown Gatineau||The section between Village Place Cartier shopping centre and downtown is served only during P.M rush hour|
|739||Le Plateau – Des Trembles – Terrasses de la Chaudière & Collège Saint-Joseph||Polyvalente de l'Île (Hull sector) & Hull Hospital||Trip from Collège Saint-Joseph ends at the Hull Hospital and available only during P.M rush hour. De l'Île trips follows Route 39 until Val-Tetrault but does not serve Manoir des Trembles (see Route 629)|
|740||Collège Saint-Joseph (downtown Gatineau)||Jardins Lavigne (Aylmer sector)||P.M rush hour only, following Route 40|
|749||Rivermead Park And Ride||Polyvalente Mont-Bleu||Follows mostly Route 49 but does not loop at the Hull Hospital (PM only)|
|751||Rivermead Park And Ride||École Secondaire Grande-Rivière (Aylmer sector)||Following Route 51 in Glenwood area. Shorter route then Route 651 which also supplements Route 751 in Glenwood|
|753||Same as Route 653 but follows a clockwise loop through residential areas southwest of the Park and Ride. AM trips do not serve Rivermead Lot. PM trips follows a clockwise direction via Des Allumettières instead of Broad and North|
|754||Rivermead (Aylmer sector)||Serves only the Rivermead Centre area via Aylmer Road. PM trips travels clockwise via Des Allumettières instead of Broad and North|
|767||Polyvalente de l'Île||Les Promenades Gatineau||P.M rush hour only towards Gatineau sector|
|829||Manoir des Trembles||Polyvalente Mont-Bleu||Serves the same residential areas as Route 29 (PM only)|
|839||Manoir des Trembles & Le Plateau||Serves both Le Plateau and Manoir des Trembles. One AM trip ends at Hull Cégep|
|849||Le Plateau (Hull sector), Jardins Lavigne (Aylmer sector) & Rivermead Park And Ride||Collège Nouvelles-Frontières (Hull Sector)||One Mont-Bleu AM trip starts from Front/Cormier. Two afternoon Aylmer trips from Nouvelles Frontières and one from Mont-Bleu ends at Front-Cormier. Other trips starts/ends at Rivermead or Le Plateau|
Parent Routes by sectors or towns
- Route 1 serves Chelsea
- Routes 5 and 6 serves Cantley
- Routes 10–39 serves the Hull sector (11 and 17 are express routes)
- Routes 40–59 serves the Aylmer sector
- Routes 60–89 serves the former city of Gatineau although Route 90 was added because numbers in the 80s were exhausted. (80–90 are express routes)
- Routes 94-96-98 serves the Buckingham & Masson-Angers sectors (94 & 98 are interzone routes)
- It should be noted that some of these routes travel through more than one area. All Hull routes, Aylmer routes (except 49 through 58), 67, 77, all Gatineau express routes and interzone routes cross the Ottawa River to Ottawa. Routes 28 and 58 do not serve the downtown core.
- Main terminals on the STO network includes Les Promenades Gatineau (Gatineau), Jene-Rene Monette Park And Ride (Gatineau), Freeman Park and Ride (Hull), CEGEP Gabrielle-Roy (Hull), Front/Cormier (Aylmer), Rivermead Park And Ride (Aylmer) and Rideau street.
- Other major transfer points includes the Hull hospital on Boulevard Lionel-Emond, the shopping district on Boulevard Saint-Joseph (at Montclair and Gamelin in Hull) and the downtown area (Terrasses de la Chaudière and Place du Portage).
- STO adopted several changes from 2005 to 2007 to the service in every sector after public consultations. The most recent changes were adopted for the Aylmer and are in effect since June 25, 2007.
- This is the current fleet of the STO Source
|Model||Year||Bus Numbers||No. In Fleet*||Notes|
|MCI TC40-102N||1989||8901–8915||15*||Same as '88s. Only 8902, 05, 06, and 07 remain in service. 8907 has a Luminator destination sign while the rest have Balios signs. All remaining buses have received new paint jobs in 2009.|
|MCI TC40-102N||1990||9001–9005||5*||Similar to the 88 and 89 model but has a large window at the back. All buses are equipped with Luminator Max (green). 9004 was previously decorated for the 25th anniversary of the STO in 1996 and was renumbered on the outside as 7196. 9004 & 9005 are retired.|
|MCI TC40-102A||1990||9008–9015||8*||First buses equipped with A/C. However, it slows the acceleration of the bus. This problem affects only MCI models equipped with the feature. Like the 91 and 92 models (and buses 9101–9125 of OC Transpo), there are no back windows. 9008 was retired in late-June 2007 and that bus had during the early 90s a full ad wrap for Radio-Canada. 9010 retired in September 2010.|
|MCI TC40-102A||1991||9101–9129||29*||The front destination sign panel (inside the bus) is black. 9112 was retired in June 2009. 9122 was retired in late-June 2007. and 9125 is retired. Most remaining buses have been repainted in 2009 and 2010.|
|MCI TC40-102A||1992||9201–9223||23*||9223 was previously decorated with an ad of the Le Regional newspaper. 9211, 9219, and 9220 are retired. Most remaining buses have received new paint jobs in 2009 and 2010.|
|NovaBus TC40-102A||1994||9401–9426||26||Equipped with Sutrak A/C on roof. 9401 was often used for evaluations for drivers applying for a job. Some buses are being repainted.|
|NovaBus TC40-102A||1995||9501–9520||20||Equipped with Sutrak A/C on roof. 9519 was previously decorated with the ad for the 200th year anniversary of Hull 9520 was previously decorated with an ad of La Revue de Gatineau. Some buses are being repainted.|
|NovaBus TC40-102A||1996||9601–9603||3||They are suburban buses with a single-stream exit door. Equipped with Sutrak A/C on roof. 9603 was previously decorated with an ad from the Casino du Lac-Leamy. These buses also have the seats raised from the aisle and from the front to the back of these buses have 2 seats facing the front all the way to the back of the bus. These buses are like the ones used by RTL (South Shore Montreal). These buses are powered by a Detroit Diesel Series 50 engine.|
|NovaBus TC40-102A||1997||9701–9705||5||Equipped with Sutrak A/C on roof. 9701 was previously decorated with Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival ad & 9702 was previously decorated with an ad from the Francophone Games. 9705 was the last Classic purchased by STO and was also the last Classic ever built with air conditioning. These buses are powered by a Detroit Diesel Series 50 engine.|
|NovaBus LFS 2nd-Gen||2002||0201-0209||9||First low-floor buses. Equipped with Carrier A/C on the roof and orange destination signs.|
|NovaBus LFS 2nd-Gen||2003||0301-0328||28||Equipped with Carrier A/C on the roof and orange destination signs. 0306 currently has a rear wrap for Toyota Gatineau, identical to the one on 0707. 0301-0313 are equipped with Allison transmission. 0314-0328 equipped with ZF transmission. 0310 was previously decorated with the Yellow Pages ad. 0328 was previously decorated with the CKTF-FM ad.|
|NovaBus LFS '2nd-Gen'||2004||0401-0417||17||Equipped with Carrier A/C on the roof and orange destination signs. 0412 was decorated with an ad of CHOT-DT and TAG-FM. 0413 was decorated with an ad from Couleur FM and TQS|
|NovaBus LFS '2nd-Gen'||2005||0501-0517||17*||Equipped with Carrier A/C on the roof and orange Balios destination signs.0516 & 0517 were decorated with an ad from Sunoco. 0505 is decorated with an ad from Transcontinental Media. 0506, 0507, and 0511 have ads from the city of Gatineau
about safety on the roads. 0514 had been retired due to fire.
|NovaBus LFS '2nd-Gen'||2006||0601-0617||17||Equipped with Carrier A/C on the roof and orange Balios destination signs. 0601 was previously decorated with an ad of the UQO foundation. 0602 was previously decorated with an ad from the Hippodrome d'Aylmer horse race track. 0606 was previously decorated with an ad from the Casino du Lac-Leamy. 0614-0617 previously used on the Ligne Verte.|
|NovaBus LFS Hybrid||2007||0701-0702||2||0701 and 0702 are new hybrid buses purchased in 2007. Are in service since May 2007. Were wrapped at first, but are now in a livery with large blue and purple stripes on the front and top, as well as a rear window decoration.|
|NovaBus LFS '2nd-Gen'||2007||0703-0716||14||Are not hybrids, but the same as 02-06 models, except that these buses have Voith transmissions. 0703-0705 were previously dedicated to STO's Ligne Verte and were decorated as such. 0707 has a rear wrap for Gatineau Toyota.|
|NovaBus LFS '2nd-Gen'||2008||0801-0819||19||0801 decorated with Casino Lac-Leamy wrap. 0804 has a full wrap for Transcontinental Media, 0807 has a side/rear wrap for NRJ 104.1 and another side wrap for Rock Détente 94.9.|
|NovaBus LFS '2nd-Gen'||2009||0901-0910||10||Last STO 2nd-Gens. Pressed into service in March/April 2009. 0903 has a full wrap for Sportheque, and 0905 has a full wrap for Les Goutierres Regional.|
|NovaBus LFS '3rd-Gen'||2009||0911-0925||15||New redesigned LFS with horizontal engine/full window and updated front end. These buses still have the same drivetrain (Cummins ISL/Voith D864.5) as '07+ LFSs. The arrival of these buses allowed STO to begin offering accessible service in some areas as they are equipped with a more-reliable flip-out ramp.|
|NovaBus LFS '3rd-Gen'||2010||1001–1027||27||First used in August for transportation of athletes during the 2010 Quebec Games.|
|NovaBus LFS '3rd-Gen'||2011||1101-1107||7||New style Carrier A/C are installed on these buses.|
|NovaBus Articulated buses||2012||1201-1226||26||First articulated buses introduced. These buses are just like the one used by the RTL (South Shore Montreal).|
|NovaBus LFS '3rd-Gen'||2011||1227-1233||7||Same as 2011 buses|
|NovaBus Articulated buses||2013||1301-1321||21||Same as 2012 articulated buses. All buses have entered service from April to June 2013.|
Note : All Classics & Nova LFS Artics are generally used in rush hour service only.
- This is the retired fleet of the STO Source
|Model||Year||Bus Numbers||No. In Fleet*||Notes|
|GMDD TDH-5303||1962||6201 & 6203–6208||7|
|GMDD TDH-5303||1965||6501 & 6502||2|
|GMDD T6H-5307N||1977||7742 & 7757||2||Purchased from OC Transpo in 2005. Retired in September 2010.|
|GMDD T6H-5307N||1979||7901–7907||7*||7901 was retired in 2010. In its finals years in service it was equipped with a Balios electronic destination sign. It has been recently rebuilt and kept for historical purposes. It was also the final remaining fishbowl in revenue service in the National Capital Region as well as in Quebec.|
|GMDD T6H-5307N||1979||8001–8005||5||8001 was equipped with a Balios electronic destination sign before retiring|
|GMDD T6H-5307N||1980||8006–8015||10||Some buses were sold to OC Transpo|
|GMDD T6H-5307N||1981||8101–8103||3||Where purchased from the Société de transport de Laval in the late 1990s and were retired in 2004–2005|
|GMDD T6H-5307N||1981||8110–8113||4||Purchased from the Société de transport de Montréal in 2002–2003.|
|GMDD T6H-5307N||1982||8201–8204||4*||Purchased from the Société de transport de Sherbrooke. 8202 was the last bus in service until it was sold to a private collector in May 2009.|
|GMDD T6H-5307N||1982||8310–8312||3*||Purchased from the Société de transport de Montréal in 2002–2003. 8310 was retired in 2007.|
|GMDD S6H-5307N||1983||8301–8308||8||They were suburban buses with no rear exit doors. Were fully retired by 2003.|
|GMDD TC40-102N||1984||8401–8406, 8413||7*||8401 was retired in May 2009 when its engine was removed to retrofit it onto 8202 when it was sold. 8413 was purchased from OC Transpo.|
|GMDD TC40-102N||1985||8501-8509, 8545||10||8509 was the last one to retire in late 2010, and was purchased from OC Transpo in 2005.|
|GMDD TC40-102N||1985||8536, 8539, 8544||3||8536, 8539 and 8544 were purchased from STCUQ in 2008. They were retired in 2012.|
|GMDD TC40-102N||1986||8601–8604||4||8603 was the last active bus before been retired in July 2007.|
|GMDD TC40-102N||1986||8614, 8620 & 8624||3*||Purchased from STCUQ in 2008 and the last units were retired in 2012. Equipped with Luminator flip-dot signs. Some buses have had the rear Balios sign removed.|
|MCI TC40-102N||1988||8801–8808||2||Retired September 2010.|
|MCI SC40-102N||1990||9006-9007||1||Suburban bus without rear doors. Lasts buses without A/C.|
|MCI TC40-102N||1991||9130||2||9130 was purchased from STCUQ.|
|OBI 02.501||1992||2192, 2292, 2392 & 2492||4||Were minibuses used for routes crossing Champlain Bridge prior to widen due to weight and width restrictions on the bridge before 2003. They were replaced by regular buses starting in 2004|
|NovaBus RT80-2W (RTS)||2000||0001-0012||12||They were the last high floor buses purchased. 0007-0012 are suburban buses but have rear exit doors. 0001 was previously decorated with an ad from the Francophone Games and Transcontinental Media. 0005 was previously decorated with an ad from the Casino du Lac-Leamy, and was also previously decorated with an ad for CHOT-DT. There is no back window. Some buses are being repainted, but only on the front. All the buses were no longer at the STO in 2012.|
- In the 2002 User's Guide, the STO was expected to convert half of its total bus fleet into low-floor buses by 2012. The low-floor buses are the NovaBus LFS models from 2002 to 2008. However, the more recent models contains a seating capacity for only 37 passengers, while most other models have a capacity of well over 40 seats. During rush hour, there is a higher chance to see overcrowded situations inside this type of bus.
- Another flaw in these buses is that even though they are considered low-floor buses and seem to have wheelchair access (a wheelchair sticker, although very small, is located near the exit door in the center of the bus), there have been some technical issues that prevent wheelchair access to the bus. However, it does ease access for those on crutches, those who have mobility problems, seniors and pregnant women. This means that no STO regular buses are wheelchair accessible. They must rely on paratransit service. The only wheelchair-accessible buses in the fleet are the 2009 third-generation LFSs.
- From 2001 to 2006, in order to satisfy growing demand, the STO purchased additional older buses from the Société de transport de Montréal, Société de transport de Laval, Société de transport de Sherbrooke and OC Transpo. All buses have been retired. 8202 was sold to a private collector in May 2009.
- In 2006–07, fishbowl buses had their rollsigns replaced with Balios LED signs taken from 1996 and 1997 Classics, 8310 was the last bus still with a rollsign, since it has been retired, all buses are now equipped with electronic destination signs.
- On February 15, 2007 the STO presented new hybrid buses and two of them were tested during the winter of 2007. Previously, it also tested a prototype bus from Ontario during the summer of 2002
- On October 31, 2007, the STO announced in their 2008 budget that 19 new buses will be added in 2008 and 2010 and 20 in 2009. 
- Seven buses were purchased from the STCUQ in 2007, they are currently in service, except 9130 which was retired.
- During the summer of 2008, the STO has started a test trial of a prototype NovaBus articulated bus on several of its routes. The bus has 58 seats and a total capacity of 115 passengers. 
- With the arrival of the '3rd-Gen' Nova LFSs, STO will begin offering more accessible service between 9 am and 3 pm on routes 36, 37, and 300 starting September 30, 2009. This is because that these buses feature the more reliable flip-out ramps, as opposed to the telescopic ramps on older LFSs which are disabled due to unreliability.
- Nova LFS artics have been seen in the street of Gatineau late March 2012. It seem only one bus is driving around for route testing purposes. An additional 25 buses will hit the streets in July starting with the Canada Day shuttle service and other events. Will be used for routes 67 as well as express routes at first.
Fares in this section were effective January 1, 2009.
STO's service consists of three types of bus routes:
- Regular: conventional bus routes, operating at all regular service hours
- Express: designated routes operating during rush hours
- Interzone: Routes 94 and 98 only, which reach the Masson-Angers and Buckingham sector
- Regular: $3.25, or 1 ticket
- Express: $3.75, or 1 ticket with $0.50
- Interzone: $5.60, or 2 tickets
Ticket fares (per ticket)
- Adult: $2.80
- Students & Seniors : $2.05
Monthly passes (Adults)
- Regular: $76.00
- Express: $91.50
- Interzone: $105.50
Day pass: $6.50
- unlimited use on Regular routes
- add $0.50 for Express routes, $2.80 for Interzone routes
Children and Students
- Cash fares are not discounted – the cash fare costs apply as above
- Regular monthly pass: $52.50
- Express monthly pass: $65.00
- Interzone monthly pass: $80.00
Seniors (at least age 65)
- Cash fares are not discounted – the cash fare costs apply as above
- Monthly pass (valid for Regular, Express or Interzone): $34.50
- Transfers usually last for a maximum of 2 hours, except on Routes 33 and 39 where it is a maximum of 3 hours (at least when you board at Les Promenades de l'Outaouais terminal).
- There are no additional charge when boarding OC Transpo regular routes, although there are some premium charges on Express and Rural Express routes
- A supplement of $.50 is required when transferring to Express routes
- A supplement of $2.50 ($1.90 for students/seniors) is required when transferring to Interzone routes. Tickets are also accepted.
OC Transpo Transfers and Passes
- *Accepted without a supplement on the regular STO system. A supplement is required on express buses ($0.50) and on routes subject to interzone fares (students and seniors: $1.90 / adult: $2.60).
- *After 9:00 am throughout the area served – Before 9:00 am only when boarding in the downtown Hull and sector Ottawa, unless accompanied by an Ontario residency card.
- The OC Transpo day pass is also accepted on STO buses but can not be used as a family pass.
- As of February 1, OC Transpo titles will not be accepted for the duration of the bus strike.
Ontario Residency Card
- This photo ID card is available at STO issuing centres for $8.00, taxes included. It entitles the holder to use the STO's services with an OC Transpo pass at any time. The supplements required for the express and interzone buses apply
An exclusive offer for UQO students, CamPuce is a promotion that offers four months for the price of three.
- Starting in September 2006, a pilot project with the Université du Québec en Outaouais was introduced in order to encourage students to use transit. Previously starting at $51 per semester (regular network), the cost jumped to $57 in January 2007 and $107 in September 2007 due to a lesser contribution by the city of Gatineau on the project. In 2008, the cost jump was even higher and is $213 per semester as of 2008. Costs for the express network is $259.50 per semester and $307.50 for the interzone network.
CamPuce fares on January 1, 2009 for UQO students : $128.00 (regular), $174.50 (express) & $216,50 (interzone).
CamPuce fares on January 1, 2009 for CEGEP de l'Outaouais students : $100.00, $156.25 & $228.25.
Other fares are available for groups, special cases, or persons with disabilities.
Monthly passes are in the form of a wireless electronic "smart card" known as Passe-Partout PLUS. The card itself has an initial cost of $8.00 and may be purchased from designated sales outlets. Monthly passes are also valid for connecting to OC Transpo routes in Ottawa.
- Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) Home Page
- STO network map
- Peter McLaughlin's STO photo page
- Barp.ca's STO bus gallery