The Rideau station is one of three underground stations on the 12.5 km route of OC Transpo’s new LRT Confederation Line. The station is located in the heart of downtown Ottawa with the Byward Market, the Rideau Centre, and Parliament Hill minutes away.
Some 456 days late, the public finally got to ride the $2.1 billion light rail line to on Sept. 14.
Rush hour has been the biggest test of the new line and although there have been small wrinkles to start, reviews of the LRT have indicated that the city’s train is effectively delivering commuters to and from both work and school. Capital Current decided to take a close up look at Rideau Station. Here is what we found:
It’s not all smooth. If Morgan Connelly wants to take the train she has transfer at Tunney’s Pasture instead of taking a direct bus downtown. The opening of the LRT will mean reduced bus routes and more transfers for some. [Photo © Ingrid Mutoni]
Two travellers look at the map of the Confederation line and the many bus connections. The real test of the LRT system will come on Oct. 6, when new bus routes begin. [Photo © Kayla Christoffer]
“I’m sure it’s going to be a pain in the winter coming all the way from Barrhaven”Morgan Connely