Memo from Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA)

posted Jun 15, 2015, 8:06 AM by Kathleen Power

RE:               Transportation Services for 2015-2016 School Year

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 2015-16 Student Transportation Information:

2015-2016 Transportation Route Schedules will NOT be posted on the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority website.  

Route information will be available to parents as of August 24, 2015.  

Student Transportation Information can be found using the “Stop Finder” located on the main page of our website, which will link to the “BusPlanner - Parent Portal”. The parent must enter the student’s last name, birthdate, school and grade in order to access route and stop information.  We will be implementing the student ID number as a mandatory field item in January 2016.

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 eligible 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 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 and staff upon distribution of the passes in September.

Small School Purpose Vehicles

The driver responsible for the route will contact each family directly prior to the first day of school. 

Routing Changes – New Walk Zones and Bell Times

New walk zones and bell times will be in effect in September 2015. All final walk zone maps, as well as a list of new bell times, are posted on our website at 

Bus pick up and drop off times are subject to change due to new bell times. Many routes will have new route numbers, new drivers and/or new Operators.  We encourage you to communicate directly with the Operator for daily issues, but feel free to contact your Zone Coordinator if any issues arise with the Operator.

NEW Variable Transportation Policy & Procedure

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.

More information can be found on our website:

Transportation Information During the Summer Months

Please note that the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority will be open during the summer months from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. OCDSB parents should contact OSTA directly during the summer months if they have questions about transportation or changes to their children’s address or caregiver information.  OCSB parents should contact the Summer Registration Centre at 613-224-3171 for changes to home and/or caregiver address.

Transportation Information During the Fall

Parents should be advising schools directly of any changes to student home or caregiver 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.