Tunney's Pasture is seeing important work completed to construct a new bridge in line with Goldenrod, to permit buses to access the bus loop and station. The existing bridge built on foam blocks will then be removed, to permit the Stage 2 expansion track and guideway to pass through towards Westboro.
Work at Tunney's Pasture currently consists of constructing the new Goldenrod Bridge to allow buses to reach the bus loop of the station. The existing bridge was a temporary construction, consisting mostly of foam blocks. The new structure located slightly west will align with an existing intersection, and permit trains to travel through underneath between Tunney's Pasture and Westboro stations as part of the Stage 2 expansion. You can see the existing tail tracks of Stage 1 terminating just below the station.
Tunney's Pasture is the current western terminus of the Confederation Line, until 2025 when the line is extended further west as part of Stage 2. This station serves the expansive Tunney's Pasture federal government complex, the neighbourhoods of Hintonburg, Wellington West and Mechanics Ville. This station is also among the busiest on the Confederation Line due to its current role as a terminus for passengers heading to and from the south and west.
The station is located at the corner of Scott and Holland Avenues in Ottawa. Entrances to the station are located along Scott Street near Holland, with a second entrance just North of Scott along Tunney's Pasture Driveway. A third entrance is located at the northwestern corner of the bus loop to allow nearby workers of Tunney's Pasture an additional entrance into the station.
As the station is the western terminus of the Confederation Line, the accompanying bus loop located outside is very large in scale and able to accommodate all westbound bus routes arriving and departing from Tunney's Pasture to destinations such as Kanata, Nepean, Barrhaven, and more.
The station's design and layout are entirely within the fare paid zone, meaning that access inside of the station and to the bus loop outside requires passage through fare gates. Passengers taking a bus do not need to pay or tap their Presto card when boarding as they are already within the fare paid zone.
The main concourse is very spacious and open-air. The western end of the concourse will see the arrival of Happy Goat Coffee shop in early 2020, one of four stations to receive a retail outlet.
The artwork in this station features a massive stained glass skylight element, which casts coloured light patterns across the floor throughout the day. On the stairs as well as on the platform level, more artwork in the form of a mosaic wall mural is on display, made up of glass tiles. Overall, these elements combine to create a very colourful environment in such a busy station.
Tunney's Pasture is one of four stations to receive a retail outlet within the station concourse. The Happy Goat Coffee shop will serve coffee, drinks and local foods to passengers.
The stunning station artwork creates an ever-changing ambience throughout the day as the sunlight shifts from east to west, casting colourful light rays onto the concourse floor.
Being one of the three main bus transfer stations on the Confederation Line, the bus loop is extremely large in scale and serves over 50 bus routes.
Title: Gradient Space
Artist:Derek Root (Vancouver, BC)
Gradient Space consists of two large-scale glass mosaic wall murals on each side of the platform and one skylight element on the roof of the station.
Derek Root's idea for the Tunney's Station artwork takes its inspiration from the phenomenon of light refraction. The title of the artwork, Gradient Space, refers to the effect of colour gradation that sometimes appears when light passes and refracts through a form made of glass. The artist imagined the transit passengers as being analogous to light. Like particles of light, each passenger travels toward and through the glass station, ultimately dispersing to their respective destinations.
Glass is the principal material for the two-part integrated design. The mosaic wall mural is constructed using vibrant glass tile. The skylight design incorporates brightly saturated panes of laminated glass similar in layout to the wall mosaic. The composition employs vertical bands of colour gradients that are overlapped by diagonal bands of colour gradients. The gradation of angled tones gives a sense of movement and energy to the transit space.
Artwork descriptions provided by the City of Ottawa
STATION FACTS AND MAP
Opening Date: September 14, 2019
Line: Confederation Line
Previous Station: Bayview (1110 metres)
STATION RIDERSHIP (November 2019)
Balanced Boardings: 580,000
Weekday Average: 24,000
Weekend Average: 8,400
Balanced boardings are the average number of entries and exits at O-Train stations. It is important to note that the figures above for Tunney's Pasture Station will also capture customers who are using the station to access bus service.
Looking inside beyond the fare gates. The future retail location will be along the glass wall to the left, between the stairs.
Another shot of the future retail location (the bench along the glass wall will no doubt be removed at that time).
Stairs down to the platforms.
The station is completed. Note that the exposed walls are for the installation of the station's public artworks. From what I understand, the installation didn't proceed sooner due to weather and temperature requirements.
Bike racks located outside the station.
With more fare gates and fare vending machines.
Looking into the station and platforms.
You can see the Next Train destination signs on both sides of the track.
LRV 1105 departing for Blair Station. Trains will arrive and alternate from one platform to another, during the time that Tunney's is a terminus.
The tracks leaving Tunney's Pasture and heading towards Bayview. Notice the grey TPSS (Traction Power SubStation) to the left, providing the necessary line voltage of 1500v to the overhead catenary wire to power the trains.