LRT work means new travel routes for Lees campus

Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Traffic cones


Got courses at the 200 Lees campus next year? Don’t forget to check your best alternative transport option. A section of the Transitway between Hurdman and Lees will be closed off from December 20, 2015 as work continues on the Light Rail Transit project.

You can consult OC Transpo’s travel planner and view maps to plan your journey ahead of time.

Buses will no longer serve the lower level of Lees station and only a few will follow a detour toward the 200 Lees campus.

Route options

Route 85 will make a detour on King Edward, stopping at a new platform at Templeton Street, and continue on to 200 Lees, where it will stop near the front door of the main building. It will then make a loop and head back up King Edward to the main campus. This bus will run every 6 to 8 minutes in the morning and every 15-20 minutes or so for the balance of the day.

Another option is to take one of OC Transpo’s high-frequency routes (91, 95 and 98 heading east/south only). They exit the Transitway before the Lees station and make a stop by the apartment complexes on Lees Avenue. The Lees campus is then just a short walk east. Note that this option is available only heading to the Lees campus and is not available heading from Lees.

The University of Ottawa is continuing talks with OC Transpo in order to improve transportation during the LRT work. More information will be shared with the University community as it becomes available. In the meantime, you can consult the OC Transport page on changes to uOttawa service from Dec. 20.

 uOttawa shuttle bus

During the week, shuttle buses leave the main campus approximately every half hour. The shuttle operates Monday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This service is free; however, you must show a valid uOttawa ID card when boarding. The shuttles may fill up quickly beginning in January, which means at times you may have to wait for the next bus, particularly between 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. To plan your trips, please consult the shuttle schedule and the shuttle bus stop map.


If you are on foot, there is a sidewalk along the Transitway. This option will be available until April 2016, when the sidewalk will be taken out of service.

Whatever your mode of transport, be sure to give yourself some extra time to make your journey.

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