Hurdman Station is one of the three major transfer stations along the Confederation Line, located near Riverside Drive and Industrial Avenue. Making the important connection with the southeast Transitway, this station features an expansive bus loop, designed to accommodate the high level of bus traffic and passengers arriving and departing the station. There are also several high-density apartments and condo buildings within proximity.
A multi-use pathway runs alongside the station and reaches as far as uOttawa Station and out towards Tremblay and beyond in the east. From this pathway, it is possible to see train movements to and from the station. This is of particular interest as Hurdman Station's Confederation Line guideway and platforms are elevated from ground level, allowing the opportunity to view the trains from a different perspective and viewpoint not easily seen elsewhere along the alignment.
The station offers one entrance, located in the main station building, offering easy access to the station, the nearby residential towers and the multi-use pathway. After passing through the fare gates, the entirety of the station is within the fare-paid zone, meaning transfers to and from buses do not require tapping a Presto card. The bus platforms run the length of the station, with a bus lay-up area located just across. Hurdman Station also features a kiss & ride drop-off zone, allowing cars and taxis an easy way to approach the station to drop off or pick up passengers.
Hurdman Station also contains an expansive plaza at the rear of the station building, with benches and seating, with the nearby natural vegetation and green space as a background.
This station is one of four stations to feature a retail outlet, with Happy Goat Coffee shop taking up residence on the lower concourse.
The elevated nature of the station is one of its most unique and defining features. From the train platforms, you can see off into the distance and down to the bus loop below. The platforms are very open with plenty of glass enclosing them, offering an abundance of natural light and scenery to help pass the short time between trains.
While Hurdman is one of three main transfer stations to the bus network, it is the only one that is in its final and permanent configuration, as both Blair and Tunney's Pasture are temporary arrangements until the Stage 2 extensions open.
Artist: Jill Anholt (Vancouver, BC)
This unique painted metal structure is suspended from the station walls, mimicking the flight patterns of birds.
Coordinated Movement is inspired by the location of the Hurdman Station which sits at the edge of the Ottawa River, marking a threshold between the natural world and the man-made one. This unique site marks both a node along the Atlantic Flyway, one of North America's most significant stops for migrating waterfowl, as well as one of Ottawa's most important hubs for multimodal transportation.
The work investigates the relationship between bird migration and human commuting through an exploration of the choreography of dynamic movement systems. Referencing maps, aerial photographs, diagrams of transportation infrastructure, avian flying routes and flock formations, Coordinated Movement explores the relationship between the ephemeral and the physical, the natural and the infrastructural, whilst questioning the inter-relationship between individuals and species.
Artwork descriptions provided by the City of Ottawa
- Opening Date: September 14, 2019
- Line: Confederation Line
- Previous Station: Tremblay (945 metres)
- Following Station: Lees (705 metres)
STATION RIDERSHIP (November 2019)
- Balanced Boardings: 398,000
- Weekday Average: 16,700
- Weekend Average: 5,200
Balanced boardings are the average number of entries and exits at O-Train stations. It is important to note that the figures above for Hurdman Station will also capture customers who are using the station to access bus service.