Mayor Jim Watson was joined today by the Honourable David McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Jeremy Roberts, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean, for a sneak peek tour of the O-Train Confederation Line’s newly constructed Blair Station.
When the O-Train Confederation Line opens later this year, Blair Station will be the easternmost point of the system and one of its busiest transit hubs. It will offer easy transfers between trains and buses, as well as access to local commercial and residential areas.
City staff led a tour highlighting the features of Blair Station, which is designed to facilitate a high flow of customers and buses. The centre platform is built within the footprint of the previous Blair Transitway station, and a dedicated bus loop in a fare-paid zone will make transferring between buses and the Confederation Line trains quick, efficient and easy.
The station also provides an accessible transit gateway to the surrounding community. Within the station, customers will have direct access to both the pedestrian overpass above, the bus loop area below, and the surrounding multi-use pathways. Connections will also make it easier and safer for cyclists to access the new covered bicycle parking facilities. Blair Station offers 64 bicycle parking spaces in a well-lit facility just outside the station.
“The excitement continues to build as we get closer to launching LRT, which will truly transform our city. Blair Station’s innovative design features demonstrate that we can look forward to an efficient and accessible transit experience when the O-Train Confederation Line comes into service.”
Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa
“The construction progress at Blair Station means that Ottawa is that much closer to having a world-class transit system. This is a very exciting time for the city, and the Government of Canada is proud to support the O-Train Confederation line project. When the line opens, it will help riders get around the city faster while curbing greenhouse gas emissions.”
The Honourable David McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Premier Ford and Ontario’s new government believe world class cities deserve world class transit, and I’m happy to see the progress that’s been made to complete and open the new Confederation Line LRT.”
Jeremy Roberts, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean
Blair Station’s highlights include:
- Illuminated O pylon, lantern box and clear directional signage to provide wayfinding, customer information and station identification.
- Ticket machines with an audiovisual help feature and transit information panels, and fare gates conveniently located near the station entrance on the upper concourse.
- Passenger information displays on the platforms to show estimated train arrival times.
- Stairs have bike runnels, which allow cyclists to easily walk their bikes up and down the stairs.
- Accessibility features include accessible benches, dual elevators, tactile wayfinding strips, braille and tactile signage, and audible and visual announcements.
- Links to new, planned and existing multi-use pathways will connect Blair Station with the City’s existing cycling network.
- A stunning integrated public art piece decorates the station. Titled Lightscape, the piece consists of 30 suspended screens; airy, binary code-like pieces that use thousands of small dichroic glass flags to announce the stairwells and tracks, and move with the air currents of the trains as they come and go.
- Space at the lower concourse level is available for retail use.
Safety and security features include:
- Clear and consistent wayfinding and signage, public areas with an open-concept concourse that uses glass and skylights to create transparency, and unobstructed sightlines to eliminate blind spots.
- Dual elevators in highly visible areas along primary paths of travel, along with a wide concourse and pathways for safe and comfortable pedestrian use.
- Lighting in the station to create high visibility.
- Transecure waiting areas on bus and train platforms with enhanced safety and security features.
- Activity will be monitored through closed-circuit television coverage.
- Seven emergency phones located along the platform and throughout the station.
For more information on the O-Train Confederation Line, please visit OC Transpo’s Ready for Rail page.