uOttawa

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uOttawa Station is located at the University of Ottawa campus, in downtown Ottawa, parallel with Nicholas Street. This station also offers a connection to the Rideau Canal via its multi-use pathway that crosses underneath the O-Train guideway. The station also serves the residents of the Sandy Hill community nearby.

uOttawa Station is located about 300 metres south of the eastern portal of the downtown tunnel. It is interesting to note that original plans called for this station to be located underground, however, it was later determined that this was not needed and an above-ground station would facilitate better access.

The station has two entrances. The main entrance is located below in the multi-use pathway tunnel, and grants access to both the eastbound and westbound platforms. The second entrance is located at ground level and gives direct access to the westbound platform.

The station makes use of side platforms, with its main entrance located underneath. Elevators and stairs give access to the platforms above.

This station is very popular for students attending the University of Ottawa, and also facilitates access between its Lees campus, located one-stop eastbound on the Confederation Line. In the winter, uOttawa Station allows access to the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world's largest skating rink, as well as some attractions of Winterlude.

UNIQUE FEATURES

The uOttawa Station is undoubtedly the best point from which to access the downtown portions of the Rideau Canal, whether to walk, run, cycle or skate due to its proximity being only a dozen or so metres away.

The artwork on display in the multi-use pathway tunnel near the main entrance is very eye-catching. Nameless portraits look at passengers and people passing by, moving and rotating as you pass by. This makes for a somewhat interactive art display and experience when in the tunnel.

PUBLIC ARTWORK

Title: Train of Thought

Artist: Derek Michael Besant (Calgary, AB)

The artist explains his non-integrated piece this way: "There is an interesting phenomenon that happens between people when brief glances take place as you walk by strangers. Sometimes a person is deep in thought, or on their phone, but a micro expression will be exchanged... That fleeting body language is something that happens unconsciously and yet it lies at the very base of our human connection with one another. The concourse corridor at uOttawa Station is the pedestrian tunnel where people pass each other all day long. My concept is to introduce an artwork that echoes the fleeting encounters we have with one another by situating 37 large-scale portraits based on cross-sections of people who frequent the university environment. These portraits will be purposefully taken out of focus so they "remind" us of people we might know but who remain elusive. Each face will contain a single word in either French or English that floats up between the artwork and the viewer. These words will be directed towards the viewer as potential reflections of the things going on in their individual lives, and so might resonate within their private thought patterns as they walk through the concourse.

The faces in the black and white portraits will also appear to change their gaze, following the viewer at the same pace in which they are walking through the tunnel. This will create a flow/momentum between the portraits and the people, like a conversation.

Artwork descriptions provided by the City of Ottawa

Title: Sphere Field

Artist: Kenneth Emig (Ottawa, ON)

Sphere Field is a 2-meter cube of mirror and glass containing lights and a reflective sphere forming a sculptural observatory. While the spaces of the University of Ottawa and the uOttawa Station surrounding the artwork will change with time and season, Sphere Field will reflect that change while remaining unchanged itself.

Sphere Field is part of an ongoing series of light boxes and reflective objects borne out of my curiosity, habits and history. As people move through the station, often several times a day, the sculpture provides opportunities for engagement and reflection.

Artwork descriptions provided by the City of Ottawa

STATION FACTS AND MAP
  • Opening Date: September 14, 2019
  • Line: Confederation Line
  • Previous Station: Lees (900 metres)
  • Following Station: Rideau (995 metres)

 STATION RIDERSHIP (November 2019)

  • Balanced Boardings: 384,000
  • Weekday Average: 16,300
  • Weekend Average: 4,700

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

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Snapshot of uOttawa Station - June 9, 2019

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uOttawa Station 

uOttawa Station, with the westbound platform direct entrance above, and the main entrances below in the multi-use pathway tunnel.
The entrance shown is the westbound platform direct entrance. To go eastbound (or also westbound), the entrance below in the tunnel is to be used.
Looking eastward. The bike racks with overhead canopy.
The multi-use pathway, and the main entrance of the station, inside and to the left.
Fare vending machines and the station main entrance.
Fare gates.
The multi-use pathway and access to the Rideau Canal.
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Snapshot of uOttawa Station - April 13, 2019

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 Taking a look at Lees, uOttawa, Pimisi and Bayview Stations along the O-Train Confederation Line. With plenty of LRV testing taking place, the stations are bustling with activity and life.


uOttawa Station

The multiuse pathway connecting Ottawa U to the Rideau Canal. The main station entrance is ahead and to the right before the end of the tunnel.
The main entrance. Elevators are positioned to both sides.
The eastern end of the platforms.
Looking inside the station towards the middle of the platforms. The yellow posts are to help prevent and block the gap between coupled LRVs (Light Rail Vehicles).
Another angle, showing the platforms and upper westbound entrance, as well as the multiuse pathway and main entrance below. You can also see some fare vending machines below in the tunnel.
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Snapshot of uOttawa Station - January 9, 2019

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uOttawa station entrance from the University of Ottawa campus.
Fare vending machines.
The main entrance in the underpass.
Elevators and stairs located to both sides of the entrance.
The pedestrian underpass.
Westbound platform entrance, accessed from the campus.
The platforms.
Note the power cabling feeding the overhead catenary system that powers the trains.
At the eastern end of the station, stairs that descend, to cross between platforms.
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Snapshot of uOttawa Station - November 4, 2018

Snapshot of uOttawa Station - November 4, 2018
The entrance stairs and multi-use pathway ramp to uOttawa Station and down to the tunnel linking to the Rideau Canal.
The soon to be iconic O-Train station marker is in place.
The tunnel crossing towards the Canal and the main entrance to the station.
The fare gates, after which heading left will guide you to the westbound platforms, and right to the eastbound.
Signage explaining the fare paid zone and proof of payment requirements. To the right is one of the elevators to reach the the eastbound platforms.
The O-Train station marker positioned just outside the station, adjacent to the Rideau Canal pathways and Colonel By Drive.
The tunnel.
The secondary entrance to uOttawa Station, directly serving the westbound platforms.
The elevators covered by the mesh wrap.
Looking down along the westbound platforms.
The sweeping lines of the station's roof. The integrated lighting strips accentuate the design when viewed at night.
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Snapshot of uOttawa Station - August 18, 2018

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uOttawa Station 

uOttawa Station entrance from Colonel By Drive and the Rideau Canal.
uOttawa from the University Side of Nicholas Street.
There is an entrance directly to the westbound platform from Ottawa U campus. To go eastbound you need to go into the tunnel to access the station.
A view showing the tunnel in relation to the station above.
The new multi use pathway and ramp accessing the tunnel.
The Ottawa U side of the station. Ticket vending machines to the left.
And the station lantern sign.
The boarded off area is the main entrance, behind which are the fare gates.
The public art display in the tunnel. While it may appear to be simple face portraits, they have a filter in front. As you move past, the faces become animated and turn to look at and away from you as you move.
The main entrance, boarded off for now... beyond are the fare gates and access to the east and westbound platforms
Two elevators reaching the eastbound platform.
The wood slats that form the ceiling overhead with integrated lighting strips. A relatively simple design being used in pretty much all the stations but very effective and looks amazing.
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