Rideau

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Rideau Station is one of the three downtown underground stations along the Confederation Line. This station is the deepest in the O-Train network with the platforms reaching 26.5 metres below ground, a necessity to allow the tunnel to pass underneath the nearby Rideau Canal. This station is the second busiest on the O-Train network due to its proximity to many tourist attractions, its connection to the CF Rideau Centre shopping mall and its location at the gateway to the Byward Market.

As this station is located underground, station entrances are integrated into several surrounding buildings. The CF Rideau Centre features most of the entrances, available inside and outside of the shopping mall. One entrance is located on the exterior facade of the building at the corner of Sussex and Rideau Streets. Two other entrances are located within the CF Rideau Centre, one on Level 1 between Shoppers Drug Mart and Farmboy, and the second next to EBX and across from Tim Hortons, which is an accessible entrance via elevators to the concourse. The final entrance is located across the street at the corner of Rideau and William Streets and is integrated into the ground floor of a Scotiabank branch.

The station's layout is such that the two entrances do not link at the concourse level without having to pass through the fare gates.

The main concourse as well as the station platforms are very impressive due to the soaring ceiling in the central section of the station's volume. This allows visitors the opportunity to watch arriving and departing trains from above and view the flow of passengers from a distance.

At the platform level, located 26.5 metres below ground, the main colour is blue, reflected in the accents on the walls at either end.

Overall, Rideau Station is one of the true highlights of the Confederation Line, with its large sight lines affording views of train movements, as well as the station's design and architecture, in addition to the public art exhibit corridor and the busker position on the concourse.

UNIQUE FEATURES

The most unique feature of Rideau Station is its depth, with the platforms reaching 26.5 metres below Rideau Street. Thanks in part to its extreme depth, Rideau Station features the "Longest Escalator" in a Canadian transit system. It is approximately 35.3 metres long and rises 15.8 metres, with 181 steps. This escalator can be accessed by either the CF Rideau Centre or the Sussex and Rideau entrances. The second entrance at Rideau and William Streets in the Byward Market features 4 shorter escalators to reach the station's concourse. The depth is due to the need for the tunnel to pass underneath the Rideau Canal.

Another interesting feature of Rideau Station is that it also contains the most elevators and escalators in the O-Train network, with a total of 18 escalators and 8 elevators.

Corridor 45 | 75 is located between the "Longest Escalator" and the concourse fare gates. This area is known as Ottawa's Underground Art Space and stretches 25 metres in length. It is one of three professional galleries managed by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program, with the goal of offering a space for the exploration of diverse ideas. The initial exhibit is a display of all of the public art visible in the 13 initial Confederation Line stations (from Blair to Tunney's Pasture).

PUBLIC ARTWORK

Title: FLOW / FLOTS

Artist: Geneviève Cadieux (Montreal, QC)

The artist explains her integrated art piece as follows: "In conceiving my design for the project, I have drawn inspiration from the representation of landscape in the history of Canadian art, and from Glenn Gould's conceptual affinity for the Canadian North as expressed in "The Idea of North," a sound documentary made for CBC radio in 1967. The notion of the North, which has become a metaphor in the Canadian consciousness, is a symbolic location of the sublime.

Through its allegorical conjuring of the immensity and beauty of Canadian nordicity, FLOW / FLOTS pursues and prolongs this line of cultural thinking. FLOW / FLOTS also evokes the significance of the Rideau Canal and its vicinity to the Rideau Station, as well as the importance of water in Canada's history, rooted both in the vast area of our land that it covers and in the complex network of lakes and rivers that it forms, an inestimable wealth.

Artwork descriptions provided by the City of Ottawa

Title: The shape this takes to get to that

Artist: Jim Verburg (Toronto, ON)

The artist explains his integrated art piece as follows: "Inspired by the existing subtle grid-like repetition of large white tiles throughout the station, these works invert, interpret and imagine these simple forms enlarged, shifted, mirrored or repeated – offering a subtle graphic contrast and interpretation of the space while suggesting a new option or possibility in the mundane. The work consists of seven black tiled sections that contain geometric-shaped outlines made of polished stainless-steel rods. The steel catches the light and reads as white against the black of the tile, illuminating the shapes within.

Artwork descriptions provided by the City of Ottawa

STATION FACTS AND MAP
  • Opening Date: September 14, 2019
  • Line: Confederation Line
  • Previous Station: uOttawa (995 metres)
  • Following Station: Parliament (725 metres)
  • Platform Depth: 26.5 metres below ground (Deepest)

STATION RIDERSHIP (November 2019)

  • Balanced Boardings: 566,000
  • Weekday Average: 21,400
  • Weekend Average: 12,900

Balanced boardings are the average number of entries and exits at O-Train stations. 

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Snapshot of Rideau Station - June 28, 2019

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Rideau Station entrance at the corner of Rideau and William Streets.
The construction fencing is finally down and so we are now able to get up close to see this station entrance.
The entrance doors.
Interior view of the entrance. The elevators are immediately in front of the doors, and the escalators and stairs are to the left once you enter.
The twin elevators to the underground concourse
Escalators and stairs.
That go down to an intermediate level where more escalators and stairs are found.
Entrance integrated with CF Rideau Centre, at corner of Sussex and Rideau. The window glass coverings also recently removed.
Looking inside, the stairs to the left and the escalators to the right.
Below, the escalators and stairs join up with the mall's interior escalators and access.
Interior Rideau Station entrance from the mall.
Escalators and stairs.
These link up with the other escalators and stairs from the Sussex and Rideau entrance pictured further above.
And finally the accessible entrance from within CF Rideau Centre, located next to EBX and across from Tim Hortons.
The Places of Interest wayfinding panel, showing popular destinations that are nearby the station.
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Snapshot of Rideau Station - June 9, 2019

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Rideau Station 

Rideau Station lollistop marker, near the corner of Sussex and Rideau.
Rideau Station entrance to the left, CF Rideau Centre to the right.
The interior Rideau Centre entrance to the station, located between Shoppers Drug Mart and Farm Boy.
Interior mall accessible entrance (elevators) to Rideau Station, located next to EBX and across from Tim Hortons.
The Rideau Station secondary entrance, located below Scotiabank on William Street on the edge of the Byward Market.
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Snapshot of Rideau Station - April 11, 2019

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This snapshot update was provided by Alberto Leal. You can follow Alberto on Twitter at @TheRealAlBongo1

The interior mall entrance of Rideau Centre to Rideau Station, located between Shoppers Drug Mart and Farm Boy.
The Station wayfinding signage is now installed and in place.
Meanwhile, just above at the exterior entrance by the corner of Sussex and Rideau...
These are the escalators that lead to the longest escalators in use in a transit system in Canada. There's an intermediate landing where these ones and the ones from inside the Rideau Centre meet before descending all the way down to the mezzanine​. (This information was provided by Kyle, one of our readers).
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Snapshot of Rideau Station - January 9, 2019

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Entrance at corner of Sussex and Rideau.
Station entrance to the left, Rideau Centre entrance to the right.
A peek through the doors, you can see the escalators.
And the stairs.
The interior entrance to the station from Rideau Centre, in between Farm Boy and Shoppers Drug Mart.
The Rideau Station sign on the floor, waiting to be installed.
And the elevators from within Rideau Centre, located next to EBX (EB Games) and across from Tim Hortons.
Looking up Rideau Street towards Wellington.
And towards King Edward. You can see the other station entrance under the blue glass building (ScotiaBank). Unfortunately, no additional photos at this time as work vehicles blocked the view from up close.
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Snapshot of Rideau Station - November 8, 2018

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An entrance to Rideau Station at the corner of Rideau and William Streets.
The station entrance building appears to be nearing completion on the exterior. The landscaping surrounding it remains to be completed.
Looking up Rideau Street from William towards Sussex.
Looking down Rideau Street from Sussex towards William Street. The integrated entrance with Rideau Centre is located immediately to the right of the image (not visible).
The integrated entrance at the corner of Rideau and Sussex. This entrance features the longest escalators in public transit use across Canada.
This is believed to be the mid-entrance of Rideau Station Located just across from Tim Hortons and next to EBX in the Rideau Centre. This will provide elevator access to the station.
The interior entrance from Rideau Station to the Rideau Centre, located between Farm Boy and Shoppers Drug Mart on the First Floor.
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Snapshot of Rideau Station - August 19, 2018

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Interior entrance from Rideau Centre to Rideau Station. It is located between Shoppers Drug Mart and Farm Boy on the 1st floor.
This entrance has two escalators and stairs. At the bottom are entrance doors that lead into the actual station area to descend much lower.
Rideau Station entrance at the corner of Rideau Street and Sussex Drive. It is right next to the Rideau Centre entrance.
This is the Rideau Station entrance kiosk building across Rideau Street, providing access to the Byward Market.
The building was previously a ScotiaBank.
Rideau Street with the Rideau Centre to the right and the station entrance kiosk to the left.
Looking up Rideau towards Wellington Street. Note the large ventilation shaft for the tunnel near the bottom right.
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