Interprovincial Transit Strategy

Canada’s National Capital Region is served by two distinct transit systems – OC Transpo in Ottawa, Ontario, and the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) in Gatineau, Quebec. Both are successful in providing effective transit service in their communities, but it was recognized that a broader strategy addressing the needs of the overall region would be appropriate. The National Capital Commission, with the support of the City of Ottawa and STO, engaged MMM Group to assist them in developing a strategy.

The result was “Connecting Communities – An Interprovincial Transit Strategy”. This recognized that, while the region included two large cities in two separate provinces, it was really an interconnected community, economy, and environment that would benefit from greater cooperation and planning that emphasized sustainable mobility and environmentally friendly transportation. Specifically, the strategy focused on five key pillars:

  • Transit City Building – the guiding principles and policies for maximizing transit planning to achieve a liveable and dynamic Capital Region
  • Focusing on the User – putting the needs of the users first by providing seamless, easy, valued, and compatible interprovincial service
  • Operations – how transit services could be modified or provided without considering additional infrastructure, and how the two transit networks can work more closely and seamlessly over time
  • Infrastructure – projects to develop a fully integrated and modern transit system
  • Governance – arrangements that could be considered to best implement the strategy within the region’s complex jurisdictional and political environment


  • analysis of existing issues, challenges and opportunities
  • development of possible solutions (planning, governance, user focus, operations, and infrastructure)
  • modeling of alternative transit operations and infrastructure (EMME)
  • qualitative and quantitative evaluation
  • development of strategy report