Following the fall scheduled service changes and the subsequent discussions regarding the delay in the opening of the first stage of the LRT I raised this issue, as other Councillors did as well, with OC Transpo.
Of concern to Bay Ward residents primarily was the gap in service caused by the change to Route 11 that eliminated the western trip to Bayshore mall. This is being addressed as of October 15th by making a change to some of the daily trips on route 153.
Route 153, an existing limited-service community route operating between Carlingwood and Lincoln Fields Station, will be revised so that some trips are extended east to Tunney’s Pasture Station and west to Bayshore Station. This will provide a limited continuous service along Wellington Street and Richmond Road, seven days a week, generally parallel to the western part of Route 11.
The extended trips will provide new direct connections between locations on Richmond Road east and west of Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre, as well as new direct connections between residential locations near Westboro Station and shopping destinations along Wellington Street and Richmond Road. This route will incorporate the current Route 151, which will no longer operate.
Please see the following map:
Also of concern were changes to the eastern leg of Route 11.
The downtown loop of Route 11 will be expanded, to provide improved connections. Buses to downtown will operate from Bank, east on Slater, north on Metcalfe, east on Wellington, and south on Elgin to the stop at Queen. Westbound buses will operate from Elgin, west on Albert to Bank, and then south on Bank as normal. This change will improve connections to Routes 61, 62, 85, 86, 87, 91, 94, 95, and 97 at Slater/Bank, to Route 12 at Queen/Metcalfe, and from Routes 61, 62, 85, 86, 87, 91, 94, 95, and 97 at Albert/Bank.
Selected Monday-Friday eastbound trips will be extended to end at Mackenzie King Station rather than Elgin, to bring customers directly to the Rideau Centre.
For further details and additional information please refer to OC Transpo’s website as well as information being posted at affected stops.