OC Transpo has put up schematics for all the stations. These illustrations are like sandwiches and somewhat difficult for the non-geek to interpret.
You can find them all here: http://www.octranspo.com/ready4rail/my_station http://www.octranspo.com/ready4rail/my_station
I recommend you not to try to read them all at once, as they are complex, especially the three level stations.
For the benefit of westsiders, here’s the Bayview Station schematic:
the top most layer has Albert street in dark gray, the Confederation Line (#1, in red), and the uppermost level of the station in yellow (there’s actually two shades of yellow, the darker one being the fare paid zone and the lighter one on the right being the outdoor entry plaza).
the lower layer has the Trillium Line (#2, in green) and the station lower level in orange.
Users coming from the west (ie Hintonburg) enter the orange area, which is the main building right at ground level, and either chose the Trillium Platform or head upstairs to the east bound or west bound Confederation track. Ground level entrances face both the path on the north side of the tracks and the south side (from Tom Brown).
Users coming from the east (ie Preston and City Centre Avenue areas) enter the station on the upper level, shown in yellow, right by the to-be-restored crosswalk on Albert Street. From there they can catch the east bound trains, or head downstairs to catch the Trillium trains, or head downstairs and then upstairs again to catch the west bound trains.
This station does not have a direct entrance from or to the east for the west bound trains, which I think makes station use frustrating and circuitous. Mind, it was a bit of a battle to get OC Transpo to put in even a partial east-end entrance, as they undervalue walk in traffic and see this station mostly as a transfer function from line 1 to line 2.
If the schematic still seems confusing, trace your possible walking trail on the schematic with your finger until you find your bearings.
Pimisi is a slightly more complex schematic, as it is a three-level station.
The middle level, yellow, is the platform area, centred between the east and west bound tracks, which are shown in red #1.
This track level platform area has no direct access to the gound or surrounding streets or pathways. Instead, users can go either up or down one level.
Going down takes one to the lower lobby level, shown in orange. It is accessed from walking paths that come from Albert (which start right by the current LeBreton bus stop west bound) or the pathway along the aqueduct (which isn’t of immediate much use, but will become more useful as it is connected – someday – to LeBreton Flats, Bluesfest, and Claridgeland east of Booth). If you do inadvertently exit at the lower level of the station, there are public elevators (not inside the fare paid zone) to take one back up to Booth Street.
Residents of Claridgeland / “East Flats”) should be lobbying hard right now for a pathway from Lett Street to the Station as is isn’t included in the LRT construction contracts, but there is a budget for fixing connection errors and omissions).
From the platform level, users can also ascend up to the Booth Street level, shown in green shading. Note that users will have to choose to ascend to the east or west of Booth using the appropriate stairs or elevators. There will be connecting buses to and from Gatineau at that level, shown as bus stops A and B.
I expect that crossing Booth, should you come up on the wrong side of Booth, will be discouraged or prevented by fencing.
There is also the possibility of walking to Albert for bus stops marked C and D for buses on Albert.
Alas, OC Transpo hasn’t yet keyed the bus stops listed at each station with the the labelled bus stops themselves, but at Bayview and Pimisi it is pretty easy to guess.
This level will be a major access point to the LRT system for local west side residents.
Dont worry if you find the schematics hard to follow. They simply aren’t useful for everyone. Looking at the stations themselves from near the entrances reveals pretty obvious desire lines, your feet are likely to automatically take you in the right direction.
OC Transpo will be providing human wayfinders at the stations for the opening months. And once you make a few errors, arriving in the wrong place at the wrong time, you’ll learn.