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Student Transportation Information

2019 - 2020 Student Transportation Information
Posted on 08/16/2019

Route information will be available to parents as of August 19, 2019 via the online Parent Portal.  

Student Transportation Information can also be found using the Bus Stop Finder located on the main page of the OSTA website, which will link to the “Bus Planner - Parent Portal”. The parent must enter the student’s last name, birthdate, school and grade in order to access route and stop information. 

The “Stop Finder” feature returns bus stop and route information for eligible students who are assigned to regular yellow school bus or small school purpose vehicle service, or for students who are assigned to OC Transpo Service.

OC Transpo route schedules will also be made available through the OSTA website or can be found directly through the OC Transpo website at www.octranspo.com. More information on routes to specific schools can be obtained on OC Transpo’s Quick Planner under High Schools and Middle Schools.

OC Transpo Presto SmartCard System

Many students in grades 9-12 will be assigned an annual Presto pass and must register and replace their own cards (if necessary).  A user guide and online information will be made available for students upon distribution of the passes. Registration of passes will take place at Merivale HS during the distribution process. 

Presto School Board Passes will be delivered to schools in late August.  Schools will begin distribution in September.

Please encourage students to TAP their cards on the bus, whether they board at the front or via the rear doors on any bus, every time.  This helps OC Transpo and OSTA assess the number of riders and the number of buses we need to manage loads on particular routes. 

Transportation for students in a joint custody arrangement and having two homes

OSTA has developed a new policy & procedure to deliver transportation services to students in a joint custody arrangement and having two homes. An application process and other requirements need to be met for parents to receive this service, and the homes or daycares in question must meet all other eligibility requirements. The deadline for new applications or changes to existing applications for September start up transportation was June 1.  All other applications will be reviewed after September 15, and prior to October 1.

More information can be found on our website:

http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/policies-procedures/variable-transportation-for-students-in-a-joint-custody-arrangement-and-having-two-homes-copy/

Transportation Information During the Fall

In September, parents should be advising schools directly of any changes to student home address.  OSTA will require a minimum of three business days to implement a change to transportation services, longer for transportation to two homes in a joint custody situation. During the month of September, the school will update parents regarding any new transportation information, due to the volume of changes processed through OSTA at the busy start-up period.  Parents/guardians are also able to access the online Parent Portal www.ostabusplanner.ottawaschoolbus.ca.

ALSO on Aug. 27 & 28, there will be a Public Transit Training Session. Topics will include:
- How to use OC Transpo Travel Planner
- Safety features on the bus, train and at stops
- How to use a Presto card and Student ID
- What to do about lost Presto cards

Flyer Transit Training

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