Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Free OC Transpo service extended on New Year’s Eve

OC Transpo is pleased to announce that free transit service will be available on New Year’s Eve to all residents after 8 p.m. This city-wide campaign is provided through a partnership between OC Transpo, the City’s Safer Roads Ottawa program, Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) North & East Ontario and the Ottawa Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).  Free service will be available on all OC Transpo routes between 8 p.m. on December 31 and 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day. The buses will operate on a regular Saturday schedule. The free service is being offered three hours earlier than in previous years. Para Transpo will operate until 1 a.m. January 1.

In addition to the free bus service, the City encourages Ottawa drivers to also consider the use of designated drivers, taxi services or Operation Red Nose to ensure safe passage home throughout the holidays.

“There are many options available to our residents to not drive impaired,” reminded Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, Chair of the Transportation Committee, “and this service adds another valuable alternative. Our goal at the City of Ottawa is to have the safest roads in the world. No matter how you choose to travel on New Year’s Eve, please stay safe.”

For more information and travel planning assistance, contact OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visit

For additional information on CAA North & East Ontario please visit .

For more information on the Ottawa Chapter of MADD, please visit .

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