In a news release on Wednesday, OC Transpo confirmed that there would be no charge for public transit services on Monday November 11, in order to honour Remembrance Day in Canada. Several OC Transpo buses and O-Trains will be offering completely free travel across Ottawa on Monday, giving locals the opportunity to participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies across the city.
On Wednesday, OC Transpo confirmed that that Ottawans would be able to ride at no-charge on OC Transpo buses, O-Train Lines 1 and 2, and Para Transpo on Remembrance Day. A statement explained that riders will not need to tap or pay their fare when boarding the bus or train, and all fare gates will be open.
Back in October, Jim Watson, Ottawa’s Mayor, explained, “I have been looking for a low-impact, low-cost day for no-charge transit, so residents can come out and try LRT."
Watson continued, "Staff support Monday, Nov. 11: reduced public service presence, and will encourage participation in Remembrance Day ceremonies across the city.”
For those wishing to travel on the city’s free services on Monday, all schedules will be running as usual. That said, OC Transpo asks travellers to expect minor detours or delays, due to various Remembrance Day parades and ceremonies taking place downtown and across the city.
As a sign of respect for all those who have lost their lives in military conflict, OC Transpo and Para Transpo buses will pull to the side of the road at 11 a.m., in order to observe two minutes of silence.
Additionally, "The Last Post" and "Reveille" will be played over the bus radios throughout the day on Monday, and a moment of silence will be observed on O-Train Lines.
Full details about Monday's OC Transpo Services can be found here.