LRT construction: bus detour to affect campus starting in December

Posted on Monday, October 19, 2015

OC Transpo buses near uOttawa's Desmarais building
By Johanne Adam

A section of the Transitway between Hurdman and Lees stations will be closed in December for light rail construction work. The closure should have taken effect in April 2016, but due to unforeseen construction issues, the section will be unavailable beginning December 20. As a result, many area bus routes will have to make a detour. 

To lessen the impact of the construction on members of the University community, the uOttawa is working closely with OC Transpo to come up with solutions.

Route 85 will make a detour on King Edward on its way to the Lees campus. Buses will pass by every six to eight minutes, making a loop around the Lees campus Franco-Ontarian flag.

“A new bus shelter will be installed right near the front door of the building,” says Daniel Spence, University sustainable development manager. “The advantage for users is that they won’t have to walk to Lees station, since the buses will practically come to the door.”

The frequency of buses might be adjusted, particularly at rush hour.

The University of Ottawa is continuing talks with OC Transpo to improve transportation during the LRT work. More information will be shared with the University community in the coming months. For now, see a city update on the transit service changes

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