Lees is an OC Transpo light rail transit station in Ottawa, Canada. It consisted of a former bus transitway station, which closed in January 2016 and being converted into an O-Train station, it is located south of the Highway 417 just to the west of the Rideau River. It serves the Lees Sandy Hill Heights communities; the transitway station has had quite a notorious history for serious incidents. Soon after the station was constructed, coal tar began seeping into the station and it was closed for two months, it was soon discovered that this industrial waste was under much of the Lees Avenue area, necessitating a 12 million-dollar cleanup operation. The station was the site of a deadly accident on July 18, 1994 when a 30-tonne transport truck plunged off the exit ramp of Highway 417 onto the transitway, killing two women and leaving a nine-month-old with permanent brain damage; the driver was found guilty of dangerous driving. In July 2003, an eastbound bus approaching the station lost control due to a mechanical breakdown, slammed into the station.
No one was injured, but it took months to repair the station. As of January 2016, the Transitway from Lees Station to Blair Station has been closed as it will be upgraded to form the new Confederation Line in 2019. Due to the current closure, most routes now bypass certain stations. Effective April 24, 2016, the Transitway closure will be extended north from Lees Station to the end at Laurier Station. During that period, a nearby bus stop to Lees Transitway station will only serve Downtown Routes 16, 85, 95, 98, 97 in the eastbound or southbound direction only. All other routes will be re-routed onto the Nicholas Street expressway and the Queensway, thus bypassing both Lees and Campus Station; the following routes serve Lees station:Rapid Routes: 95 97* 98Frequent Routes: 16 85Local Routes: 56 101 103Event Routes: 401 Route 5 is available nearby at the corner of Main and Lees. Route 97 only serves Lees station after 10:00pm. Lees station page Lees area map
The Confederation Line is a light metro line under construction in Ottawa, Canada. The Confederation Line will be part of the O-Train network operated by OC Transpo along with the existing diesel-powered Trillium Line. While using light rail rolling stock and technology, the Confederation Line is grade separated; the project was approved by Ottawa City Council and the contract was awarded in December 2012. Construction began in 2013 and the line is expected to open between April and June 2019. At a cost of just over $2.1 billion, it is the largest infrastructure project awarded in the history of the city. The line was approved unanimously by the City Council on December 19, 2012, after many years of debate on a rapid transit network for the city, it represents the initial phase of the network and will be implemented through a 30-year Design-Build-Finance-Maintenance agreement with the Rideau Transit Group. The Citadis Spirit light train will be used to provide passenger service. On June 8, 2016, a sinkhole opened in the middle of Rideau Street near its intersection with Sussex Drive, 25 metres above the LRT tunnel construction, swallowing three lanes of the street and a parked van.
The collapse forced evacuation of the Rideau Centre and the closing of a number of local streets and businesses. Repairs were completed, the city was cleared of any wrong-doing. Testing of the line’s rolling stock began in late 2016, was planned to continue through most of the following year before the line was expected to open to the public in November 2018. In September 2018, it was announced that the line would not open on schedule and would instead open in early 2019. In March 2019, this was pushed back to sometime between April and June 2019; the Confederation Line reaches from Tunney's Pasture station in the west to Blair station in the east, a distance of 12.5 kilometres including a 2.5-kilometre tunnel running under Queen Street in the central business district. The line connects to the existing Bus Rapid Transitway at both ends, to the O-Train Trillium Line at Bayview station. With the grade separation, it is expected that travel time, from one end to another, will be less than 25 minutes.
There are 13 stations in Stage 1 of the project. The three downtown subway stations have 120-metre platforms. There are no concrete plans for more stations to be built on the Confederation Line, however an environmental assessment to extend the line to Kanata and Stittsville was completed and recommended that stations be built at Eagleson, Kanata Town Centre, Terry Fox, Campeau, Maple Grove, Hazeldean; these stations could be built in up to three separate stages. Another study to extend the line into Barrhaven is currently underway; as part of the winning consortium for the project, Alstom will provide 34 Citadis Spirit LRVs. It is the company's first order for modern light rail vehicles in North America, competing directly with similar models such as the Siemens S70. Derived from the earlier Citadis X-04 series used in Europe, they will be assembled in Alstom's plant in Hornell, New York with final assembly in Ottawa at a new depot and rail yard at Belfast Road and St-Laurent Boulevard, directly behind OC Transpo's headquarters and main bus depot.
Signalling on the line will be handled by Thales' SelTrac semi-automatic communication-based train control technology. Thales will design, maintain the system, support its installation and commissioning; as part of a contest organized by OC Transpo, each train set was named with names that relate to local or Canadian history. An additional 38 Citadis Spirit vehicles were ordered by the city as part of the Stage 2 extension project with four of them being assembled well in advance to supplement the Stage 1 fleet; the system has encountered operational issues with the train set during winter storms, including heating systems failing to work, communications systems failing, body work on cars dropping off. The SNC-Lavalin-led Rideau Transit Group will need to complete testing before the system can be transferred to OCTranspo, this is expected to result in a delayed opening of the system. All cars will be stored at the Belfast Yard at 805 Belfast Road, with connecting track to the Confederation Line.
Part of the 6.5-hectare site was an existing OC Transpo facility. The yard site was created by combining this facility with the properties of a number of private business. All existing structures were demolished in 2013, the new facilities were completed in 2016; the facility has maintenance facilities and an administration office. Final assembly for some of the LRVs was completed here. In mid-April 2015, OC Transpo posted a list of bus route changes as a result of the closure of the Transitway between Hurdman station and Blair station; as a result of the closure, many new routes are being created, such as route 91, existing routes modified, most notably routes 61, 62, 94 and 95. Many routes will use new bus-only lanes on Highway 417, several others will be altered or shortened to avoid serving the construction area; the changes are meant to provide extra service to those in areas affected by the Transitway closure, to avoid as many delays as possible while construction on the Confederation Line progresses.
A side project on the 417 highway was completed in 2016. In November 2013, the City of Ottawa rele
Riverside station (Ottawa)
Riverside is an OC Transpo bus station on Ottawa's Transitway, connected to the Riverside Campus of The Ottawa Hospital near the intersection of Smyth Road and Riverside Drive. Stairs and elevators from the platform level lead directly to the interior of the hospital, making bus travel easy for medical appointments in bad weather; the hospital is the primary trip generator and main purpose for this station. There are no connecting bus routes here; the station was built. It agreed to let the transitway pass in its terrain and open a new station as there were no stations to be built at that location; the 4 200 square feet new administration wing and Transit station was completed in 1991. The following routes serve Riverside Station:Rapid Routes: 87 97 98 99 104Frequent Routes: 40 88Local Routes: 48 49 92 96 199Connexion Routes: 290 291 293 294 299Event Routes: 451 Selected trips on route 16 and all trips on route 106 are available on Smyth Road at the north entrance of the hospital. Routes 40, 96, 99, 199 serve this station during peak periods Monday-Friday only.
Route 98 serves this station during selected time periods only. Ottawa Hospital OC Transpo station page OC Transpo Area Map
Westboro is a station on the transitway in Ottawa, Ontario. It is located on Scott Street between Athlone and Tweedsmuir avenues; the transitway in the area is in a below-grade'trench' parallelling Scott Street. Each platform has an stairway to the ground level above, it is within walking distance of Ottawa's tallest residential building. On 11 January 2019, an accident occurred at Westboro station. Double decker bus 8155, an Alexander-Dennis Enviro500 bus purchased by OC Transpo in 2017, was driven into the lower platform at the station running as route 269 Bridlewood, ejecting several passengers from the top floor of the bus, killing three people; the Transitway was closed between Tunney's Lincoln Fields as a result of the accident. The following routes serve Westboro Station: Westboro station page
Dominion is a station on the transitway in Ottawa, Ontario. It is located north of the western edge of Westboro village, where the below-grade transitway segment joins the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway; the station is named after nearby Dominion Avenue. Opened on 29 November 1999 as an intermediate station between the long-established Lincoln Fields and Westboro stations, Dominion Station consists of two bus shelters and a grade level crosswalk rather than a true station with platforms, it has no connections to local routes but is very close to the commercial strip on Richmond Road in Westboro village and Westboro Beach. It serves a residential neighbourhood which had only Frequent Route 11 service on Richmond Road for regular transit service; the Académie de Formation Linguistique building at 495 Richmond Road is served by this station. This stop is used by cyclists as there are two bike pathways – one on each side of the parkway –, part of a large network of cycling paths in the city. During the summer months, the westbound stop is closed from 9:00AM to 1:00PM on Sundays due to the Alcatel Sunday Bike events, when the Parkway is closed westbound while cyclists use the roadway.
Buses travel on Woodroffe Avenue and Carling Avenue instead. During the detour, a bus stop at the corner of Richmond Road and Golden Avenue is used in lieu of the regular stop at Dominion Station. Eastbound service is not affected by the detour. Plans to extend the Confederation Line west to Lincoln Fields and Bayshore Shopping Centre would include construction of a proper, complete rapid transit station for Dominion; the following routes serve Dominion Station: Media related to Dominion Station at Wikimedia Commons
Tunney's Pasture station
Tunney's Pasture is a station on the transitway in Ottawa, Ontario. It is located on Scott Street at Holland Avenue; when opened in 1983, the transitway in the area consisted of a through station in a below-grade'trench' parallel to Scott Street. Each platform had an stairway to the ground level above. On June 24, 2016, the transitway station was closed for conversion to light rail, will reopen in 2019 as the western terminus of the first phase of the Confederation Line. During this time, all buses from the west will use the ground-level platforms, which will be designed to facilitate interchange with the light rail. There are provisions to permit the Confederation Line to extend further west along the transitway in the next stage. 10 May 2003: An arson at the station inflicted damage estimated at $400 000 to $500 000 CAD. The fire left portions of the station out of service for months; the following routes serve Tunney's Pasture station: Confederation Line OC Transpo station page OC Transpo area map with location of main buildings of Tunney's Pasture
OC Transpo Route 97
OC Transpo Route 97 is the City of Ottawa bus between downtown and the airport. It starts at Bayshore Station at Bayshore Shopping Centre and ends at either South Keys Station or the Airport. Several trips each day end at Tunney's Pasture Station; some trips serve Bells Corners after serving Bayshore Station. Route 97 is used as an alternative to routes 61 and 62 from Bayshore Station to Hurdman Station and thus provides improved service to the central transitway, the downtown core and Bayshore Shopping Centre; this helps on transfers at Hurdman Station, Lincoln Fields Station and Bayshore Station to local routes, some of which in the east end extend to Hurdman Station. The 97 was created when the transitway expanded in the 1990s when the southeastern leg was created all the way to South Keys Station. In its early years the route was serving from the Bayshore area until South Keys with occasional evening and Sunday service toward the Airport. During the 1990s, an older route 96 used to follow a similar route to the 97 from Carlingwood Mall to the Ottawa Airport before it was canceled and replaced in parts by routes 87 through Carlingwood and Hunt Club, 147 through CFB Uplands and the 97.
Prior to the 96's cancellation, the 97 ended at Billings Bridge and at South Keys. It replaced the 96 for the Kanata portion and provided the only rapid transit along the southeast Transitway towards the Airport with more expansion planned towards the west. In 2003, the 97 travelled from Stittsville to the Ottawa Airport via Kanata, Bayshore Shopping Centre and downtown. In 2004, the city introduced a major change by splitting route 97 into two different routes which included the new route 96. Route 97 lost the section between Bayshore and Kanata/Stittsville, now served by routes 61 and 62; the 97 lost its early morning service to Pinecrest Garage to route 96, since the latter one was traveling much closer to it the 97 - in the late 1990s the early morning trips were running from Kanata to Pinecrest Garage while travelling on the southwest Transitway from Lincoln Fields Station until Iris Station before travelling on Iris Street and Pinecrest Road to serve the Garage starting/ending the trip.
By staying on Carling Avenue and Richmond Road only, it sped up the early morning trips by several minutes. Local route 82 and route 173 provide additional service on Pinecrest Road while route 96 served the area at the 417; when the route was changed, the route's schedule configuration changed in some periods. In the past, numerous trips that started at the Airport were doing a longer trip to Kanata with some extending to Stittsville. Today, many trips end at Tunney's Pasture Station. Many trips that end at Bayshore Station now start at South Keys Station, which in the past terminated at Lebreton Station; this forces some riders west of Tunney's Pasture Station to transfer to the 97 AIRPORT from the 97X SOUTH KEYS. In the past two years, weekday service has increased for most of the route. In their transit realignment plan for 2009, the city planned two modifications with the 97. First, they planned on extending route 97 to Bells Corners via Richmond Road, it would terminate in an undetermined hub location in the community.
The change is intended to facilitate transfers for some Kanata routes as well as a future east-west rapid transit link from Kanata to Orleans. However, as of 2009, the proposal was proposed during the TransPlan consultations. There was a possibility that a shuttle service would replace route 97's coverage to the Airport, based on the likelihood of service by the future north-south light-rail project directly to the Airport. However, City Council have cancelled the light-rail project on December 14, 2006 which leads to a reduced likelihood of change to service to the Airport by route 97. If the light-rail project would have been completed, there would have been a shuttle service from a proposed Lester Station to the Airport replacing route 97. Route 97 would have ended at the Hunt Club Loop. For the fall service change in 2010, route 97 operates 24 hours a day during weekdays only. Service to Bayshore Station terminates around 3 AM nightly and resumes at around 4:45 AM, meaning overnight route 97 only runs between Tunney's Pasture Station and Airport Station.
Route 97 continued to not run overnight on Sunday. Starting on September 4, 2011, selected route 97 trips have been extended via Richmond Road to/from Bells Corners; these trips start/end near the corner of Moodie Drive/Robertson Road, replace route 166 between Bayshore Station and Bells Corners. These trips are signed 97 BELLS CORNERS VIA BAYSHORE and operate every 30 minutes on weekdays, hourly on weekends. Route 97 operates 24 hours a day on Saturdays, meaning Sunday is the only day route 97 does not operate 24 hours of; the western portion between Bayshore station and Tunney's Pasture station will be renumbered route 59 when the Confederation Line begins operation. There are two areas along this route, sources of security concerns over the past few years; the first section is between Bayshore Station and Lincoln Fields Station where there have been incidents of swarming and other incidents at transit stations. The second area of concern is located in South Keys Station, where numerous similar incidents have occurred at the transitway station and more at Billings Bridge Station.
Bayshore Station, South Keys Station, Billings Bridge Station and Lincoln Fields Station are all equipped with night-time stops in which every route is servi