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.


Title: Coordinated Movement

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)


  • 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.

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Snapshot of Hurdman Station - November 4, 2018

Snapshot of Hurdman Station - November 4, 2018
Panoramic view of the expansive Hurdman Station.
Looking left towards the bus loop.
To the middle towards the main entrance and the multi-use pathway.
And to the right towards the new Paratranspo stop and car drop off zone.
This area is a new feature to Hurdman station, allowing cars to enter for drop off and pickup.
The main station entrance to the left, and the multi-use pathway straight ahead.
The stairs, escalators and elevators of Hurdman Station.
One of the towering elevators.
The concourse of the station, from which the bus loop can be accessed towards the left.
Stairs connecting to the eastbound train platform.
Another view of one of the elevators.
Looking up towards the train platforms from the bus loop.
One of the bus loop shelters and a yellow emergency intercom.
Looking up towards the Confederation Line guideway, track and overhead cantenary.
The guideway heading towards the next station, Lees.
One final view of the station and the bus loop.
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Snapshot of Hurdman Station - May 31, 2019

Taking a look at Blair, Cyrville, St. Laurent, Tremblay and Hurdman Stations along the O-Train Confederation Line in Ottawa, Ontario. With plenty of Alstom Citadis Spirit LRV testing taking place, the stations are bustling with activity and life. This video was filmed entirely on May 31st, 2019.

Hurdman Station 

The station will be a fare-paid zone. As a result, the wood fence separates it from the entrance area for local residents.
The station entrance, with the multi-use pathway connecting beyond the entrance tunnel.
Reverse angle of the same area. The station entrance is to the right behind the Hurdman station lantern.
Looking inside the entrance, you can find the fare gates.
The fare vending machines to the right.
On both sides.
Stairs and escalators.
One of the gates to connect from the LRT to the bus lines.
The Confederation Line platforms are located above.
Additional stairs at the far ends of the platforms.
The overhead guideway of the Confederation Line. It will no doubt remind many of the Walt Disney World Monorail system.
The guideway continuing towards Lees Station, while passing over the Rideau River. The multi-use pathway continues from Hurdman to Lees and beyond.
Looking back towards Hurdman Station.
Another look inside, seeing the elevators, stairs and escalators. The overhead wayfinding signage is easily seen and followed.
The bus platforms below and the Confederation Line above.
Panoramic view of Hurdman Station. The bus platforms are to the far left.
The Kiss-and-Ride area, for pick up and drop off.
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Snapshot of Hurdman Station - January 10, 2019

Panoramic shot of the expansive Hurdman Station.
As the station area is considered a fare-paid zone, there are no fare gates through the entrances visible in this shot. This facilitates transfers to and from bus transit.
Through this entrance you will find the fare gates, for use by commuters of the area. The multifunction pathway can also be reached by passing through to the other side.
The public art swooping through the main entrance of Hurdman Station.
To the right of the main entrance is a car drop off and pick up loop, a new feature of Hurdman. (Also sometimes known as a Kiss and Go).
Looking inside the station, you can see the stairs and escalators, that will bring passengers up to the elevated platform level.
Looking up towards the platforms.
Elevators are positioned to both sides of the platforms, to give access to the bus loop below.
Stairs leading up to the westbound platform.
And the stairs leading up to the eastbound platform.
Notice the very geometric glass paneling for the stairs.
Looks even more eye catching in person. Very nice!
Looking at the elevated tracks and guideway from the bus loop.
The station in the near distance.
And the tracks heading towards Lees Station.
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