Thursday, August 15, 2013

Recommended LRT station names

While tunnel construction is underway, stations on the Confederation Line still require names. As you may recall, the City asked the public for their input on stations with confusing names or ones that were moved slightly away from their current Transitway stop. A City document, which will be presented to the Transit Commission next week, lists the recommended names:

  • Tunney’s Pasture
  • Bayview
  • Pimisi
  • Lyon
  • Parliament / Parlement
  • Rideau (Secondary Wayfinding Reference: ByWard Market)
  • uOttawa
  • Lees
  • Hurdman
  • Tremblay (Secondary Wayfinding Reference: VIA Rail)
  • St-Laurent
  • Cyrville
  • Blair

Tunney's was the initial proposed name for Tunney's Pasture, but now, the original name will remain to avoid any confusion in both English and French. Pimisi was suggested by the Algonquins of Ontario, in place of LeBreton, and means "eel" in their language. Kent will be renamed Lyon due to the locations of entrances of the western downtown station. Parliament is a bit of a misleading name, considering the station is on Queen Street, not Wellington Street. It may be better suited as a "secondary wayfinding reference" for O'Connor. The other three station names under public consultation, Rideau, uOttawa, Tremblay, remain unchanged since the first round of proposals.

Also, the exterior paint design of the Alstom Citadis Spirit trains seems close to be finalized and it looks nice: