St-Laurent

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St-Laurent Station is located underground adjacent to the St. Laurent Shopping Centre. This station, much like it was in the past as a bus Transitway station, is a multi-level station, with the train platforms and concourse located underground, and the bus loop situated above.

This station primarily serves the St. Laurent Shopping Centre as well as serves as an important hub for commuters reaching businesses on St. Laurent Boulevard and as well as the many residential areas nearby. It is interesting to note that St-Laurent station is OC Transpo's original and first underground transit station.

As mentioned above, the train is located underground, with access provided by the above-ground station building, as well as through the indoor connection to the shopping mall. Additional access is provided by a pedestrian pathway that starts just behind the eastbound track's far end and exits at Tremblay Road, granting easy access to residents of Eastway Gardens to the station.

Large expansive and immersive murals decorate and add colour and ambience to the station's platform level. In such an open and vast space, these murals definitely add much-needed colour and warmth to the station.

The station's layout is that of side platforms. Interestingly, the two platforms are not connected directly and require passing through the fare gates to switch from one platform to the other. An overhead walkway (still located in the underground station cavern, and a hold-over from its former vocation as a bus Transitway station) allows access between both platform entrances.

St-Laurent Station is overall a good station but does suffer from some design limitations as the bus loop located above needed to be maintained open and functional during construction and conversion from bus to rail transit. As a complete rethinking and redesign would have surely affected the bus operations above, engineers and designers did their best to improve the station. The biggest drawbacks are the narrow accesses to the stairs and escalators from the concourse walkway level, the 2 small elevators that reach the bus platform, and the massive ceiling that comes off a bit as unfinished. These points can be easily looked past, but it does remain unfortunate that they exist.

UNIQUE FEATURES

St-Laurent Station is unique in that it is currently the only station outside of the downtown core to be located underground, much as it was in the past as a bus Transitway station. As mentioned earlier, it is the original and first underground transit station on OC Transpo's network, originally built in 1987.

PUBLIC ARTWORK

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Artist: Andrew Morrow (Chelsea, QC)

Three large, immersive murals painted by the artist depict re-imagined Canadian histories. Two of the murals are located on the westbound platform, while the third is a corner-split mural on the eastbound platform.

Andrew Morrow is a contemporary Canadian painter whose work is characterized by a restless desire to both inhabit and extend historical, narrative painting. Working from personal, actual, and invented histories, Morrow's paintings engage broad historical themes such as war, eroticism, beauty, the apocalypse, and death, complicating these through a resistance to narrative closure and spatial coherence.

In his murals for the St-Laurent Station, Morrow combines large-scale digital printing technology with physical painting to produce three site-specific and archival murals. Drawing on formal conventions from Western history painting and early Canadian photographic and narrative history, the murals reflect an uncertain, fragmented negotiation of both Canadian history and history painting itself. Populated by figures at work and at rest, these dreamlike paintings present a complex and shifting Canadian landscape, where the gravity of addressing a painted National history is balanced by individual moments of beauty and connection.

Artwork descriptions provided by the City of Ottawa

STATION FACTS AND MAP
  • Opening Date: September 14, 2019
  • Line: Confederation Line
  • Previous Station: Cyrville (850 metres)
  • Following Station: Tremblay (1300 metres)

STATION RIDERSHIP (November 2019)

  • Balanced Boardings: 221,000
  • Weekday Average: 8,700
  • Weekend Average: 4,400

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

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Snapshot of St-Laurent Station - May 31, 2019

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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.

St-Laurent Station 

St. Laurent Station interior mall entrance.
Looking across the walkways towards the eastbound platform.
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Snapshot of St-Laurent Station - January 10, 2019

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St-Laurent Station, upper level bus service.
The bus platforms.
Exterior entrance into the actual station building.
Interior entrance from the lower level of St-Laurent Shopping Centre.
Escalator and stairs down towards the westbound platforms.
Directional signage indicating next stops when traveling westbound.
Overhead walkway to reach the eastbound platforms.
Looking down towards the tracks and platforms.
With an Alstom Citadis Spirit LRV arriving during testing.
The opposite side overhead walkway to the eastbound platforms.
And one of the elevators offering service to the platform level.
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Snapshot of St-Laurent Station - November 4, 2018

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The O-Train Station marker for St. Laurent station, located on the upper level of the station's bus loop.
Heading down towards the concourse level, you can see the cross over walkways that connect the eastbound to the westbound platforms.
Each platform is served by two elevators. This elevator serves the concourse and the platform levels. The other elevator (not pictured), also serves the upper bus level.
Looking down towards the track and platform level below.
Retractable security gate to control access to the platform level and the fare gates (seen in the distance).
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Snapshot of St-Laurent Station - September 2, 2018

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St. Laurent Station interior entrance from the lower level of the St. Laurent Shopping Centre.
The overhead cross over to the eastbound platform. The stairs and escalators to go down to the platforms are blocked off by wood construction hoardings.
Elevator that will serve the upper level (buses), the mid level cross over and mall entrance, and the lower level (train platforms).
The stairs lead to the upper level for local bus service.
Upper level bus service. The stairs and escalator lead to the lower levels and the trains.
The escalator opposite the one in the last picture.
Skylight in the upper level of the station.
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