Bank Street (Ottawa)
Bank Street is the major north-south road in Ottawa, Canada. It runs south from Wellington Street in downtown Ottawa, south through the neighbourhoods of Centretown, The Glebe, Old Ottawa South, Alta Vista, Hunt Club, through the villages of Blossom Park, South Gloucester, Metcalfe, Spring Hill, Vernon before exiting the city limits at Belmeade Road. Bank Street made up much of Ontario Highway 31 before it was downloaded in 1998, it is known as Ottawa Road #31. Between Wellington Street and Gladstone Avenue in downtown, Bank Street is a shopping and business development district known as the "Bank Street Promenade" and the street is lined with common signage affixed to streetlights and street-level advertising billboards showing this distinction; the area between Somerset Street West and Gladstone Avenue is considered the centre of Ottawa's burgeoning gay village, characterized by a small concentration of businesses targeted to Ottawa's gay community. In 2011, the city unveiled signs identifying the neighbourhood as Ottawa's gay village, at the intersections of Somerset and Nepean Streets with Bank Street.
Travelling south, there exists a shopping district in The Glebe running along Bank Street from the Queensway to Holmwood Avenue. Bank Street is home to Lansdowne Park where the Ottawa RedBlacks play. Further south, after the road passes over the Rideau Canal on the Bank Street Bridge, Bank Street is home to the Billings Bridge Plaza and the South Keys Shopping Centre. Bank Street north of Billings Bridge is an historic urban arterial road with many more pedestrians than vehicular traffic and significant parking issues, hence the flow is quite slow. South of Billings Bridge to Leitrim Road, the street turns into a more modern four-lane urban arterial, which flows much better despite the 50 km/h speed limit on the northern half and 60 km/h from South Keys southward. South of Leitrim it is a rural two-lane highway with an 80 km/h speed limit until the community of Vernon. Just south of Leitrim Road, Bank Street gives access to a developing neighborhood called Findlay Creek that will become quite significant in the long term, it will provide access to the community of Riverside South.
Bank Street serves in some contexts as an unofficial division between "eastern" and "western" Ottawa. For example, prior to the takeover of Maclean-Hunter by Rogers Cable in 1994, the street marked the division between those cable companies' service areas in Ottawa: cable subscribers west of Bank Street were served by Maclean-Hunter, while cable subscribers east of Bank Street were served by Rogers. Contrary to popular belief, the street is not named after the Bank of Canada headquarters at the corner of Bank Street and Wellington Street; the street name dates back to the 19th century, whereas the bank was founded in 1934. It's believed that the road was named this because it went from the "bank" of the Ottawa River at its northern end to that of the Rideau River to the south. However, the road was called Esther Street in honour of Colonel By's wife. Bank Street ends at Wellington Street and the portion of the street running closest to the actual riverbank is federal Crown land for the Parliamentary Precinct of the Parliament of Canada.
Highway 31 was formed in 1927, started at the junction of Highway 2 in Morrisburg, Ontario. It traveled north through the town of Winchester, into Ottawa; the road was paved in stages, but was paved by 1936. The road's designation of Highway 31 was extended from the Dundas-Stormont-Glengary/Russell-Prescott county line into Ottawa that same year. While maintaining its alignment along Bank Street for its entire history, the road was re-aligned along Canal Drive. From here, it became less clear where the northern terminus of the road was located, as Ottawa posted Highway 31 as a scenic route within its limits along Heron Road and Bronson Avenue before terminating in downtown, while the Ministry of Transportation noted no changes in road length; this is presumed to be a connecting link between Highway 31 and The Queensway, but these scenic routes/connecting links were all decommissioned by 1960. The road was re-aligned along the Winchester Bypass, when it was completed and opened in 1974, but no other changes were made to the road since until being decommissioned as a provincial highway, in 1998.
Portions of Bank Street have undergone major reconstruction each year since 2006. The City of Ottawa held public consultations for a major redevelopment of Bank Street between Wellington Street and the Rideau Canal. Wellington Street Somerset Street Laurier Avenue Gladstone Avenue Highway 417 Riverside Drive Heron Road Alta Vista Drive Walkley Road Hunt Club Road Albion Road Conroy Road Leitrim Road Mitch Owens Road Snake Island Road Dalmeny Road Tiffany Road Downtown Ottawa Centretown The Glebe Ottawa South Billings Bridge South Keys Blossom Park Findlay Creek/Leitrim Greely Metcalfe Vernon Bank St Biz City of Ottawa: Transportation Master Plan Google Maps: route of Bank Street in Ottawa City of Ottawa: Bank Street profile Bank Street Promenade Shopping District Bank Street Rehabilitation Project Highway 31 at OntHighways.com
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
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
South Keys is a neighbourhood in Gloucester-Southgate Ward in the south end of Ottawa, Canada. It is bounded by Johnston Road to the north, Albion Road to the east, the Airport Parkway to the west, Hunt Club Road to the south. According to the Canada 2011 Census, the neighbourhood has a population of 2,849; the neighbourhood is part of the South Keys Greenboro Community Association. South Keys was the first subdivision in Ottawa to be built south of the CNR railroad in the 1960s; the main business area of the neighbourhood is the South Keys Shopping Centre, first opened in 1996, which comprises 32 national chains and local stores as of July, 2018. Anchor stores include Loblaws and Cineplex; the South Keys Shopping Centre owner notes that there are 3,270 households comprising 8,513 people within a one-kilometre radius of the shopping centre. The average household income within this radius is $77,418. Expanding the radius to five kilometres captures 130,934 people living in 50,084 households with an average income of $85,092.
A June 2012 report by Ottawa Magazine called it one of the 20 best neighbourhoods in Ottawa for first-time home buyers. Several main roads run from the South Keys neighbourhood directly downtown, such as Bank Street and the Airport Parkway; the OC Transpo Transitway includes bus stops at South Keys and Greenboro Stations. The area has garnered a reputation for crime over time; the Ottawa Police Crime Mapping Tool shows a number of minor crimes in the South Keys area, including theft, vehicle theft, break and enter. A June 2012 report by Ottawa Magazine noted the high crime rate in the South Keys area: 125.1 property crimes per 1,000 in 2006. Around 4:30am on December 18, 2011, someone shot at the front window of the Walmart. No one was injured and the police investigation did not lead to any arrests. On February 15, 2012 police responded to gunshots on Southgate Road; the shots fired went through a neighbour's window, resulting in tactical officers responding to the scene from where the shots were heard.
Upon entry a body was found. On July 28, 2013 around 9:00am the body of a deceased female was found in the ditch between the Kelsey's parking lot and Bank Street; the following day she was confirmed as Melissa Richmond, missing for the previous two weeks. It was Ottawa's seventh homicide of the year. On August 2, 2013 her husband, Howard Richmond, was charged with first degree murder. On Monday, November 25, 2013 around 6:30pm, an elderly woman disembarking a bus at South Keys Station was grabbed and had her personal belongings stolen; the police say it was just one of several robberies in the South Keys neighbourhood: a total of 11 robberies have taken place in the area since October 2013, involve a man or group of men demanding property and threatening the use of a gun or weapon
Lincoln Fields station
Lincoln Fields is a station on Ottawa's transitway located at Carling Avenue and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, it is adjacent but not connected to nearby Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre. It is the main western hub of the transitway system and has a ticket sales and information office as well as a small convenience store. Many express services serving the eastern end of the city use this station as its western terminus when the next run of that bus starts in the west end. Like Hurdman Station in the east, the transitway routes branch off in two directions: westward to Kanata and Stittsville, southward to Barrhaven; the western branch of the transitway from this point is incomplete, forcing westbound routes to use existing streets such as Carling Avenue and the Queensway. The station has two distinct platform areas. One platform area serves main transitway route 94, route 95 and route 91 to Baseline station and Barrhaven, routes 61, 62, 63, 64, to Bayshore station, Kanata, along with numerous Connexion and peak period routes to the western and southwestern suburbs.
A second platform serves routes that either branch off to Carling Avenue, such as route 16, route 85 and route 97, or travel south on the Transitway. Elevated walkways provide street level access from Carling Avenue. Shopper's bus route 301, route 303, route 305 travel via Carling Avenue to/from Carlingwood Mall. Connexion routes from Barrhaven, Bells Corners and Kanata only allow passengers to get off at this station in the morning upon request, but skip it altogether in the afternoon with the exception of route 282 which provides service during the AM peak as well as during the PM peak; this includes route 283 that allows passengers to get off at this station upon request during the AM peak, but returns into full service during the PM peak towards Stittsville/Ottawa–Richmond. The following routes serve Lincoln Fields Station: OC Transpo station page OC Transpo Area Map
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
Baseline Ottawa Transitway station is directly across from the main campus of Algonquin College in Ottawa's west end, near the intersection of Woodroffe Avenue and Baseline Road. Many Algonquin College students and Centrepointe residents use this terminal to get to various points in the city, to and from the college. Several residential and business areas such as Centrepointe and College Square are served by this station, it is a major transfer point for communities in the inner southwest part of Ottawa, making it one of the busiest stations. A small park and ride is located here, the terminus for route 95 for many years until it was extended to Barrhaven. After this station, Route 95 buses leave the transitway to travel on reserved bus lanes on Woodroffe Avenue, re-enter the transitway at the Nepean Sportsplex. Baseline Station was the first station to be constructed in 1983 when the Transitway was undergoing initial construction. Several trips on route 95 are shortened to start/end at Baseline Station.
These trips are meant to supplement the trips travelling to/from Barrhaven Centre Station and do not serve Barrhaven. Several peak period and weekend trips on route 94 are shortened to start/end here, supplementing service to/from Nepean Woods Station in east Barrhaven and providing an alternative route to route 95. Baseline station is undergoing a series of renovations, as part of the expansion of the Southwest Transitway; the current plan involves constructing a new station west of the current one, making room for the new Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence. The new station will allow passengers to transfer from buses to the proposed LRT line when it is completed; the expansion has three main phases: Phase IA Baseline Station Relocation to the west of the proposed ACCE Building of Algonquin College, including new connections to Woodroffe Avenue. Phase IB Tallwood Drive Bridge structure. Phase II The new Transitway Station at College Avenue that will be constructed to the south of the proposed ACCE Building.
Phase III Includes the long-term installation of all LRT systems required when the LRT is extended south to Baseline Station.• Baseline Station is expected to be the terminus of Stage 2 of the LRT's Confederation Line, to be completed by 2025. The original station has been demolished as the new station has been put into service as of October 1, 2009; the new station started out diminutive, with single shelters placed every few hundred metres, but proper shelters have been put in their place since. The following routes serve Baseline Station: Media related to Baseline Station at Wikimedia Commons