After witnessing the success of no-charge OC Transpo services for seniors on Wednesdays, I pledged during my 2018 Mayoral re-election campaign to extend this service for seniors to an additional day of the week. Offering seniors a second day a week on which they can get around the city on public transit at no cost is not only an opportunity for seniors to save money, but it encourages them to leave their home and take part in social outings, helping to fight widespread loneliness and isolation affecting many seniors.

Currently, seniors 65-plus can ride OC Transpo buses and trains at no charge every Wednesday. Beginning on July 7, seniors were able to take transit for no charge on Sundays as well.

Providing no-charge transit for two days a week gives Ottawa seniors more mobility options. This is important, as transit plays a key role in the lives of Ottawa’s seniors – connecting them with medical appointments, shopping, family members and friends. This plays a big role in helping to fight the social isolation that many seniors feel in our community. Public transit is also an affordable choice for those seniors who are on a fixed income.

And our data shows that this program works. In 2018, 180,000 seniors rode OC Transpo on no-charge Wednesdays. We estimate that 35,000 seniors per year will ride OC Transpo on no-charge Sundays.

I encourage all seniors to take advantage of the no-charge OC Transpo service on Wednesdays and Sundays, and to get around our beautiful city by public transit and active transportation.

Seniors can also purchase their Presto card, set their senior discount, and load a deeply discounted monthly OC Transpo pass or pay-per-ride fare at various City of Ottawa and OC Transpo service centres and selected vendors including Loblaws and Shoppers Drug Marts across the city. A complete list of locations can be found at www.octranspo.com.