Downtown LRT stations to get building entrances
Lyon, Parliament stations to have access points through commercial buildings
Two of Ottawa's downtown light rail stations will be integrated into existing buildings to free up sidewalks and provide shelter for commuters, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson announced Tuesday.
Watson said commuters will be able to access the new Lyon LRT Station directly from the Place de Ville building and also through a new building at Queen and Lyon.
Parliament LRT station will have an entrance under the building at Queen and O'Connor and another beneath the Sun Life Financial Building.
The additions will create new pedestrian space underground, Watson said.
"Ultimately we always wanted to have them connected with buildings," said Watson. "First for the convenience of passengers to be able to travel as much underground and not to have to deal with the weather the Ottawa elements send us."
Above-ground retailers may have to adjust: analyst
Retail analyst Barry Nabatian says coffee shops and convenience services will flourish in the retail space connected to the new LRT station, but says it could have a major impact on above-ground shops.
"If they do not take serious action now before the LRT is built I think they will be suffering. They have got to take the initiative. They have got to think about what they're losing and what they're going to be gaining."
The city said in a statement Tuesday that work related to the Lyon Street entrances would begin to be visible in the coming weeks. Work would include:
- Lane reductions on Lyon Street between Sparks and Albert streets.
- Lane reductions on Queen Street between Lyon and Bay streets.
- Partial closure of public parking located at the corner of Lyon and Albert streets.
- Realignment of pedestrian and cyclists routes.