In addition to OC Transpo rural express routes, there are several private companies providing peak-period commuter service to villages and towns outside of Ottawa’s city limits. Communities connected to Ottawa through the rural partners include Arnprior in the northwest, Perth and Merrickville in the southwest, Hawkesbury in the east, Cornwall in the southeast, and Kemptville and Winchester in the south. Vehicles used range from school buses on the shorter routes to luxury coaches on the long-distance routes. Many of the partners also offer fare integration with OC Transpo, either through the OC Transpo-offered regional pass or through the partner passes being accepted on OC Transpo buses.
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