OTTAWA – The message from the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, the City of Ottawa, and OC Transpo is simple: “don’t drive to Lansdowne.”
The 105th Grey Cup and Grey Cup Festival transit plan was unveiled Wednesday at TD Place. It includes free rides on game day Sunday for all ticket holders. Ticket holders to any festivities during the week also get free rides but only three hours before and three hours after a scheduled event.
The plan took a year to complete, and includes OC Transpo in Ottawa and STO in Gatineau. OSEG CEO Bernie Ashe says organizers are ready. “We’ve done this before in other capacities and we know this time around we’ll be doing a great job come Grey Cup week.”
Ashe says there’s really no point to drive to the Glebe. “We urge people to take transit or taxi. It’s the easiest way to get down to Lansdowne. It’s stress free and you can have more fun.”
There are significant road closures as well. On Sunday, November 26th, Bank Street between Fifth Avenue and Sunnyside Ave will be completely shutdown starting at 12 p.m. That closure will last until midnight.
A two-way shuttle will run all-day on Sunday, the 26th from TD Place to Shaw Centre downtown in 30-minute intervals.
If you plan on taking a taxi to Lansdowne, you’ll be dropped off at a staging area on Fifth Avenue. OSEG is also working with Uber to figure out a location to drop people off as well.
OSEG expects close to 40,000 people at TD Place at the game on the 26th alone, with 55% of the crowd using public transit.