Ottawa Train Station


Ottawa Station in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, located at 200 Tremblay Road, is served by Via Rail inter-city trains connecting it to Toronto and Montreal. OC Transpo’s Train rapid transit station carries railway passengers into the city centre or into the eastern suburbs. The station was designed by John B. Parkin & Associates and was built in 1966. It won a Massey Medal for architecture in 1967. In 2000, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada named the station as one of the top 500 buildings produced in Canada during the last millennium.
Ottawa’s trains once came into a large downtown Union Station a short distance from the Parliament buildings, but with the replacement of the railway tracks beside the Rideau Canal with the National Capital Commission’s Colonel By Drive scenic parkway, the former station has been converted into the Government Conference Centre. The Ottawa Railway Station is assigned the "airport" code XDS by the IATA.
OC Transpo is the urban transit service of the City of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. OC Transpo routes also provide service to the downtown core of the nearby city of Gatineau, Quebec, especially during rush hour. OC Transpo currently has a fleet of 1,048 buses (as of August 2010) that run on regular streets, of which roughly 945 are fully accessible. OC Transpo utilizes many articulated buses to provide service. Some of the routes that run on the Transit way, including the city's most-used bus routes, are served almost exclusively by articulated buses
In 2001, a pilot diesel-powered light rail service project, known as the O-Train, was introduced. The local government had announced expansion plans for the light rail to other parts of Ottawa, including a possible link to the Ottawa International Airport. Service to Gatineau would have also been possible, over the nearby Prince of Wales railway bridge over the Ottawa River. However, on December 14, 2006, City Council led by Mayor Larry O'Brien had cancelled the north-south extension project. A new model of the project, to have a city-wide integrated light rail system, has been made and the revised project should be completed by 2007, with work beginning as early as 2008. This new project upgrades one single section of the bus-based Transit way, but only does that after adding 65 km of new bus ways. The final LRT system duplicates many of the existing bus ways, not replace them. It also includes the 2006 NS-LRT as a component.
For a number of years, OC Transpo has carried bicycle racks on some routes as a part of the "Rack & Roll" campaign. These racks carry up to two bicycles at the front of the bus, and fold up against the bus when not in use. Although it started only on three routes, this service has been expanded to include routes 1, 2, 4, 7, 12, 14, 85, 95, 96, 97, 99 101, 102, 105, 118, the O-Train, all articulated buses and several new Invert low-floor buses. Traditionally, the racks have been available only between April and October, and there has been much debate over continuing the program throughout the year. However, cyclists may use the racks at any time, on any bus that is equipped with a rack, provided there is room for the cyclist in the bus.
There are four bus depots located throughout the city. The largest and headquarters is located at 1500 St. Laurent Boulevard, with two other smaller but frequently used depots being located at 168 Colonnade Road and the other on Queens View Drive. A depot which opened its doors late 2010 is located on Industrial Ave. The Queens View and Colonnade garages are usually for employees working during the rush hour and generally not used during weekends. For the latter two stations, it consists mostly of older buses although some articulated buses (in the 60xx's) can be found at Colonnade and other low-floor buses at both Colonnade and Queens View.
How to Reach:
 200 Trembley Rd, Ottawa, Ontario – (613) 244-8289
Website:
 http://www.viarail.ca/en/stations
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