Picture standing on a rail platform in some interesting place. Off in the distance is the tunnel portal where the train appears. It is a pleasant and amusing scene that caught everyone’s attention on this platform.
above: Varenna station, Italy.
Do you think we will be able to see a similar sight from either end of the Ottawa transit tunnel?
Even though Pimisi Station just a few metres west of the portal, it appears that a large concrete wall is going to block the view:
Above: photo taken from Booth overpass. The eastbound rail will follow the tire tracks in the centre of the picture; the waiting platform is under those steel beams and takes up the left half of the picture. The end of the platform is a giant concrete wall.
Presumably the architects didn’t install that wall just to spite the view (although the decision was made for Bayview Station that it wouldn’t take advantage of its hilltop view of the downtown because that might make the station seem extravagant. Maybe blocking the downtown view at Pimisi came about the same way). A view analysis was done as part of each station design, before the “conspicuous utilitarian” design diktat came down.
Here’s more of that wall:
It is possible the concrete wall is prevent run-away trains from crashing into the passenger platform. There are crash barriers at other stations.
The city has revealed very few plans of LRT stations. There are no renderings of the eastern end of Pimisi station. There is one of the western end though:
Yup, the western end of the platform is a solid something. Display panel? crash wall? (Note the steps down, to the temporary surface upon which a future platform extension can be built should we buy longer train sets).
Funny enough, out on Cyrville Station, the end wall is glass. Will there be anything to see?
Above Cyrville Station: note what appears to be a generous amount of cycle parking under a glass canopy on the far side of the station.
Ottawa’s LRT stations could and should have been about city building and city beautiful, and not necessarily at any additional cost. The architects were well aware of the view possibilities.
I hope the stations, once we can experience them, will generate a feeling of civic pride and joy to the use the facility. Hope springs eternal.