Assignment for Empty Seat Applications

We are in the process of assigning students to empty seats. Please don't call to check on our progress - it slows us down. Instead, check the website to see if your school has been completed, and then the portal for route information:

We appreciate your patience.

Current Bus Status
Last Updated: Oct 20, 2019 at 05:53 PM

All transportation is running. There may be some delays.

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Assigned Empty Seats by School

DO NOT PLACE YOUR CHILD ON THE BUS UNTIL THE “EFFECTIVE BY” DATE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY If your child’s school has been posted then all available seats have been assigned. Please check bus stop finder to see if your child has been approved. If there is no busing information then your

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New Stop-Arm Cameras on OSTA Buses – Special Privacy Announcement

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority and our Operators are pleased to be working with Ottawa Police Services, and the City of Ottawa, to deploy four special buses with stop-arm cameras on our routes.  These cameras are designed to help OPS enforce traffic laws by identifying and fining vehicles that ignore

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School Bus and Van Driver Recruitment

Do you want to make a difference in your community ? Do you want to have a special part-time job that’s different and exciting ? The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority and its Operators are looking for patient, trustworthy people who enjoy kids to become school bus or van drivers  ! 

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School Bus Safety

School Bus Safety Tips  – Check out our brochures and videos for Kindergarten students all the way up to Junior elementary students. We encourage parents to review these rules with their children before school starts!

Bus Safety Videos

All the School Bus Rules

Kindergarten – School Bus Safety with Buzzy the Bee

Grade 1-3 – School Bus Safety with Buster the Bus

Grade 4-8 – School Bus Safety for Junior Students

More about School Bus Safety


Walking School Bus

The Walking School Bus is designed to promote active transportation and healthy living for children in all grades. Led by a paid leader, students walk with a group of their peers along a specific route and schedule.

More about the Walking School Bus


Hybrid Walking School Bus

The Hybrid Walking School Bus is designed to promote active transportation and healthy living. Led by a combination of paid leader and volunteers from the school community, students walk with a group of their peers along a specific route and schedule. All leaders are trained and vetted by the Ottawa Safety Council to make sure your child has a safe and educational walk to school.

Hybrid Walking School Bus