Our History and Mission

About OSTA

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) is responsible for all home-to-school transportation on behalf of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) and the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB).

OSTA delivers safe and efficient transportation services to over 124,000 students at both its Member School Boards using yellow bus, wheelchair bus, school purpose vans and School Active Transportation programs.

Our Service area covers 2,670 sq. km and includes 227 schools.


Mission Statement

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority delivers safe, efficient, and effective multi-modal transportation solutions for students with the highest degree of customer service.

Vision Statement

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority will support student success, health, and well-being on their educational journey by offering transportation solutions that:

  • Integrate safety and mitigate risk in every activity
  • Prioritize customer service in service delivery and communication
  • Recognize and meet individual student needs
  • Make use of multiple modes of transportation, both motorized and human-powered

Bus Zone Rider Statistics:

  • 70,000 Students bused annually
  • Travel 136,000 km daily
  • 26M riders per year
  • 5,475 runs per day

School Active Transportation

Since 2014, OSTA has been a leading promoter of Active Transportation by improving resources and supporting students and schools through innovative programs and initiatives:

  • 12 Active SATP Schools
  • 13 walking school bus routes
  • 30 graduated SATP schools
  • Pedestrian training 33,000 at 80 schools