Small pets can now ride on OC Transpo

As of today, OC Transpo passengers can bring their pets on board with them — as long as they're stowed inside carriers.

Cats, tiny dogs and even snakes can now use the city's transit network

Small pets in carriers that can fit on a passenger's lap will be allowed on OC Transpo trains and buses starting Monday.

Ottawa's buses and trains have just become a lot more animal-friendly.

As of today, OC Transpo passengers can bring their pets on board with them — as long as they're properly stowed away.

The change comes after the city's transit commission passed a motion in February allowing small pets in carriers to ride along with their owners.

Cats, small dogs and even snakes will now be permitted on-board. Previously, only service animals were allowed to take mass transit. 

Here are OC Transpo's new rules:

  • Pets must be secured in a pet carrier at all times, unless it's a registered service animal.
  • When seated, riders must place their pet carriers on their laps.
  • When standing, riders must either hold on to their pet carriers or place them on the floor at their feet.
  • Pet carriers must not be placed on seats.
  • Pet carriers must also not be placed within aisles, as it could impede the flow of passengers through the bus or train.
  • No animals prohibited by the City of Ottawa area allowed on board.

The new rules will also extend to the Confederation light rail line when it begins operating later this year.

Ottawa's transit commission will allow small pets in carriers to ride buses and trains in the city starting Monday. (OC Transpo )