Notice: Phase 2 of West Transitway Detour

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This notice is to advise that beginning Monday, June 27, 2016, the second phase of the West Transitway Detour will be implemented, meaning the Transitway between Merton Street and Tunney’s Pasture will be closed and all in-service OC Transpo buses diverted onto Scott and Albert streets.

WHATIn order to accommodate O-Train Confederation Line construction activity, the Transitway between Merton Street and Tunney’s Pasture will be closed. This follows the closure earlier this year of the Transitway between Empress Avenue and Merton Street as part of Phase 1 of the detour. All in-service OC Transpo buses will be relocated to use the newly-constructed bus-only lanes on Scott and Albert streets. Most out-of-service buses will be diverted through Tunney’s Pasture to the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway.

WHENStarting on Monday, June 27, 2016, and continuing until 2018 when the O-Train Confederation Line officially opens for service.

WHYIn order to transform the Transitway into a Light Rail Transit line.



  • Starting in August, new signalized pedestrian crossings will be installed on Scott Street just east of Smirle Avenue.
  • New signalized pedestrian crossings have already been installed at Merton Street and City Centre Avenue.
  • New multi-use pathways connecting Bayview Road to Bayview Station, and from Bayview Station to Albert Street, have been built to help accommodate pedestrian and cycling traffic.
  • On Scott and Albert streets, the multi-use pathways have been re-paved. The existing sidewalk on the south side will remain open throughout construction.


  • Two lanes of regular vehicular traffic will remain open throughout the construction period, one in each direction.
  • All existing left-turn lanes will remain in both directions.
  • Vehicles may enter the bus lanes in advance of a right turn, whether to access a street, private driveway or business establishment.


  • OC Transpo has implemented service adjustments in order to maintain important connections for customers and minimize the number of buses running on Scott and Albert streets.
  • Access to all residential and commercial sites will be maintained throughout construction.



  • All transit stations and local bus stops along the detoured corridor will remain open and be served by routes designated on the bus stop signs during the construction period.
  • For safety reasons, buses travelling in bus lanes will not provide “Safe Stops” between designated stops.
  • Most customers using this section of the Transitway will have a slightly longer travel time.
  • Residents are advised to contact OC Transpo for specific route service adjustments at 613-741-4390 or