City Councillor Jan Harder and OC Transpo have announced improvements for Half Moon Bay residents for the morning commute.
Starting with the fall schedule change in September, all Route 177 buses from Half Moon Bay running Northbound will become a Route 95 at Barrhaven Centre. This means that riders who currently need to transfer to a 95 to get downtown will be able to stay on the same bus.
The fall schedule is currently being developed by OC Transpo and will reflect these changes.
While the afternoon rush will still require riders to transfer from a 95 to a 177, the HMBCA will continue to lobby for improved service for that period as well.
Due to some emails regarding the possible loss of bus service to Barrhaven Public School for the year 2013-14, I have contacted Donna Blackburn, our school board Trustee.
Donna Blackburn, OCDSB trustee, has assured us that the bus service to Barrhaven Public School, for children who are currently attending, will continue for as long as they are in attendance at Barrhaven Public School. The only thing that will change coming next fall is that there will be no alternate busing for daycare provisions to areas outside the Half Moon Bay area.
As for the issue regarding busing to John McCrae Secondary School, the busing service at this time is limited to Stonebridge residence only as this was started before Stonebridge was given city bus service. HMB service to JMSS was never available as HMB was to send high school students to South Carleton Secondary School (in Richmond ON) until we were able to have a choice thanks to Donna Blackburn's help. Why Stonebridge continues to have school bus service is because the OSTA has not discontinued this service and to my knowledge has no immediate plan to do so.
This is the link to busing policy http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/media.php?mid=755 Effective Date September 1, 2012
These are all the current available school bus routes that go to JMSS http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/media.php?mid=208
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New summer schedules will be in effect on Sunday, June 24 until Sep 1, to reflect the reduced demand for service in the summer.
Summer service change improvements include:
New Summer Service to Museums: A new service to the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum and the Agriculture Museum at Experimental Farm will be introduced during the summer months. The service will operate on weekends only between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. starting Sunday, June 24, until Saturday, September 1, as well as holiday Monday, July 2 and August 6. For more details, see routes 129 and 185 under 'Route Highlights'.
For summer route and timetable information please visit OC Transpo Summer Service page.