29
Apr
09

City staff releases route for Downtown Transit Tunnel

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a route.

dottThe map I threw together if you want to see it.

And the Citizen article I used as a source.

It looks like we’ll have stations at Lebreton (aboveground), between Bay and Lyon, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, around Rideau and Sussex and at Campus. The tunnel will go under Albert until Kent, where it will turn north to Rideau\Sussex and then swing south to go underneath Nicholas to the University of Ottawa. The official release of the plans takes place tomorrow, so we should have a more official-looking map tomorrow, I hope.

A couple of things I wanted to note. First, I find it interesting that there’s no station closer to Bank Street. I was certain they’d try to put one there, given that if the City ever wants to build a north\south rapid transit line through the core someday, Bank is the most logical alignment. I guess the logic was that a station between Bank and O’Connor would be too close to the one between Bay and Lyon. Second, I wonder if the City is hoping they might be able to use the old train station again. Take a look at a detail of where the line should go, if it runs in a straight line between Rideau and Sussex and Albert and Kent:

union-stationIf the city can get the federal government to sell them Union Station back, then perhaps it can be reopened to trains; albeit a very different kind from what once went through there. That appears to be all that’s out there for now, but I’ll try to find more official-looking documentation tomorrow.

(Full disclosure: I am going to be starting a summer position with OC Transpo on Monday.)

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11 Responses to “City staff releases route for Downtown Transit Tunnel”


  1. April 29, 2009 at 2:11 am

    psh. i don’t even get credit for getting your mind in motion for this post? HAHA

  2. April 29, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Why do we even bother with public consultation? This is exactly what City staff said they liked at the beginning of the process.

    – RG>

  3. April 29, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Am I reading this right?

    stations will be underground between Bay and Lyon streets, O’Connor and Metcalfe streets, near Rideau Street and Sussex Drive, and at the university.

    (from the Citizen article)

    Does that mean there will be no Rideau Centre station? If not, how will the train passengers sync up with the downtown buses (1, 2, 4, 7, etc)?

    • 5 David McClelland
      April 29, 2009 at 11:20 am

      A Rideau and Sussex station would replace Mackenzie King station, and make more sense for transfers, honestly. That way passengers could get off the train and go directly to the Rideau Street buses, rather than have to pass through the Rideau Centre.

  4. April 29, 2009 at 11:43 am

    …*much* to the chagrin of the Rideau Centre, which depends on the through traffic.

    – RG>

  5. 7 Old Roommate
    April 29, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Ooh! OC Transpo, congrats!

  6. April 29, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    why do we bother with public consultations?
    can you name one thing that was changed as a result?

  7. 9 Jon
    April 29, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Another tunnel idea for the future that is needed at some point:

    – Lebreton curving south down under Bronson
    – to Somerset/Bronson [station]
    – to Gladstone/Bronson [station]
    – to Queensway/Bronson [station]
    – curving west at Carling/Bronson [station]
    – to Carling/Preston/Dows Lake (where it would also cross paths with the existing N/S line)
    [station]
    – to Carling/Civic Hospital [station]
    – emerging above ground around the permiter of the experimental farm! [station]
    – around the perimiter of the farm heading to Merivale/Baseline [station]
    – back underground under the Merivale/Baseline intersection
    – continuing west under Baseline
    – to Baseline/Merivale [station]
    – to Algonquin College [station]
    – to Baseline Station

    What do you think? Forget the money! Would you ride that rail?

    • 10 David McClelland
      April 29, 2009 at 8:59 pm

      Interesting idea. I may map that out to see what it would look like (not that I expect it to see the light of day any time soon!).

  8. April 29, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    What advantage would that have over the Doucet/Leadman proposal to go along the O-Train line from Bayview to Carling and use Carling on the surface? That alone cost $300million, which councillors balked at. Having to tunnel most of that amount (and duplicating between Lebreton and Carling/O-Train in the process) would be unnecessarily and extravagantly expensive IMO.

    – RG>


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